Denver COVID-19 Status Update - Feb. 17, 2023

Published on February 17, 2023

Enhanced SNAP Food Benefits Coming to an End

February 2023 is the last month that temporary additional SNAP benefits, also known as emergency allotments, will be paid. This will have an impact on SNAP households that have been receiving the additional emergency allotment for the past two years. The federal, pandemic-era benefit, officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, was implemented to help low-income families and individuals buy groceries. Beginning March 1, 2023, SNAP households will see a reduction in benefits to the pre-pandemic monthly amount.


The Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) recognizes this change may have a significant impact on many SNAP families. To help reduce the impact on households, DDPHE recommends families and individuals who rely on SNAP prepare now for the decrease in benefits.


  • Start now. Figure out how the decrease in SNAP benefits will affect your grocery budget and adjust it now.
  • Conserve and roll over unused SNAP benefits to the next month. Unused benefits can remain on EBT cards for up to nine months. This may help cushion the impact of the reduction in benefits.
  • Stock up on non-perishable items now, while you have the additional benefits.
  • Prepare a shopping list with items that you really need and stick to it. For example, omit beverages like soda pop and fruit drinks, which can be expensive. Instead, try to stick to water and milk at home.
  • Utilize free online resources for affordable meal and snack ideas. Some sites have SNAP-friendly suggestions.
  • Come up with substitutes for items that have been and may be hard to find. This will help you stick to the items you really need.
  • Buy perishable food items that you can freeze to help stretch out SNAP benefits.



FREE At-Home Test Kits Still Available

Testing for COVID-19 continues to be one of the best ways to minimize the spread in our community. At-home test kits are still available:



Presidents’ Day City Office Closures 

DDPHE, along with other city offices will be closed Monday, Feb. 20, 2023, in observance of President’s Day. 


Denver County Current CDC Level: Low/Green  


Denver County Current Status  

*Numbers represent data as of Monday, February 13, 2023, and are subject to change.                   

Denver residents 6 months and older initiating vaccination – 1st dose received: 87%                  

Denver residents 6 months and older completing vaccination – Fully vaccinated: 79%                

Denver residents 5 and older receiving booster dose- after initial vaccine series: 53%                


Denver one-week cumulative incidence rate (7-day average of cases per 100,000 population)  

As of 02/15/23: 52.7 per 100,000           


Denver one-week average positivity rate*  

As of 02/15/23:  9.5%              


Persons hospitalized with COVID-19 in Denver County: 17 (as of 02/15/23)                   


Case Summary  

Cumulative Denver positive cases: 224,783 (as of 2/16/23)                 

Cumulative Denver deaths from COVID-19: 1,547 (as of 2/16/23)