Denver COVID-19 Status Update - Nov. 26, 2020

Published on November 26, 2021

The City and County of Denver provided the following COVID-19 status update:

Mask or Vax: Denver Metro Counties Enforce New Mask Mandate

With COVID-19 surging across the state and hospital capacity threatened, Mayor Michael B. Hancock, joined by metro-area public health leaders, including Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) executive director Bob McDonald, announced a new face covering order for Denver as part of a coordinated approach to slow the transmission of COVID-19 and alleviate pressure on the hospital system.

Community transmission of COVID-19 remains high throughout the region. As such, beginning Wednesday, Nov. 24, face coverings are required in Denver for everyone aged 2 and older in all public, indoor spaces until Jan. 3. Local businesses and venues may opt to verify vaccinations in lieu of requiring face coverings. If a business or venue can verify that at least 95% of people within the facility (including employees and customers) are fully vaccinated, then face coverings will not be required.

Businesses wishing to opt for the vaccine verification check must notify DDPHE of their attestation by emailing covidvaccine@denvergov.org with the following information: Name of the facility, address of the facility, type of facility (office building, gym, etc.), contact information of the person at the facility responsible for verifying the vaccination status of people within the facility, and date the facility began verifying vaccination status.

Acceptable proof of vaccination includes verifiable records such as original vaccination card or digital pass via smartphone application like the MyColorado App. Digital photos or photocopies are also accepted. Businesses must have a record of their process of verifying proof vaccination, however, businesses may choose their method of recording information. 

If you have further questions about the public health order, please visit our  Frequently Asked Questions page.

Increased use of face coverings are proven tools to reduce transmission of COVID-19, but face coverings alone will not move us out of the pandemic. Vaccines are the long-term solution, which is why Denver has mandated vaccines for city employees and people working in high-risk settings. DDPHE is also concentrating efforts on bringing vaccinations to young children recently approved to receive the vaccines, Denver’s most vulnerable communities, and those with barriers to vaccine access. Vaccination is vital!

Your Questions Answered

Navigating the COVID-19 pandemic can be confusing as recommendations and restrictions change often. Find answers to your questions regarding public health orders, COVID-19 vaccines, health and safety, and more on DDPHE’s Frequently Asked Questions page.

CDPHE Public Health Order Still in Effect

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) published an amended public health order detailing coordination between the state and several metro Denver counties to require vaccination mandates for all who attend indoor, unseated events with more than 500 people. The City of Denver is complying with this public health order.

All Vaccinated Coloradans 18+ are Eligible for COVID-19 Booster

All Coloradans who are 18 years or older and vaccinated now qualify for a COVID-19 booster shot.

According to CDPHE, the state of Colorado is in a significant wave of disease spread with one in 48 Coloradans estimated to be infectious, therefore it’s important for all eligible people to receive their booster vaccine. All residents 18 years and older who received their primary series of Pfizer or Moderna at least six months ago, or their primary Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months ago, are eligible for a booster shot.

Holiday Safety Tips

Vaccinations are the most effective method of protecting yourself, your family and your community this holiday season. Keep these tips in mind while preparing for the holidays:

  • To be considered fully vaccinated for New Year’s Eve and Day (Dec. 31/Jan. 1), people should get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine by Dec. 11 and 12, respectively.
  • Though the deadline to be fully vaccinated by Thanksgiving, the first night of Hanukkah and Christmas has passed, it’s still a good idea to begin the vaccine series before you attend any holiday gatherings. One vaccine can provide up to 80% protection.
  • For those traveling for the holidays, federal law requires anyone over the age of 2 to wear a face covering at all times in transportation facilities, including on the airplane and in the airport and on buses and trains. 
  • Wear well-fitting masks over your nose and mouth if you are in public indoor settings if you are not fully vaccinated, and for extra protection if you are vaccinated

For more holiday safety tips including guidance on travel and safe gatherings, check out DDPHE’s COVID-19 Holiday Travel Safety advice.

Pediatric Pfizer Vaccine Available & Encouraged

COVID-19 has significantly impacted the lives of children. Now that all school-aged children are eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations, it’s time to help kids get back to doing what they love. To help parents find resources and information on pediatric COVID-19 vaccines, DDPHE has partnered with local health partners in the Denver Metro Area and Immunize Colorado. Together we are launching a public information campaign, “COVID-19 Vaccines Help Kids Be Kids,” featuring trusted health information from pediatricians, public health experts, and local parents.

Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s pediatrician and continue to check pharmacies and community clinics for pediatric vaccine availability.  Children’s Hospital Colorado is offering vaccine clinics for children ages 5-11 with appointments available in December. Find clinic dates and sign up for an appointment in advance. 

COVID-19 Monoclonal Antibody Treatment

The FDA has authorized neutralizing antibody treatments for emergency use, which can prevent severe illness for some people who are infected with COVID-19. The treatments are available to some people who have tested positive for COVID-19, have mild to moderate symptoms, and who are at high risk of developing severe illness. For more information or to find out if you are eligible to receive monoclonal antibody treatment, see CDPHE’s monoclonal antibody guidance or contact your health care provider. A CDPHE mobile monoclonal antibody clinic will be available in Denver for eligible patients who have been referred by a health care provider.

Friday, Nov. 26 – Saturday, Nov. 27
8 a.m.–6 p.m.
Tepeyac Community Health
5075 Lincoln Street Denver, CO 80216

Testing Locations  

Get tested for COVID-19 if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have a close contact with someone who has COVID-19. For the safest holiday gathering, and to protect those with compromised immune systems or children who are too young to be vaccinated, get tested for COVID-19 in advance. If you are sick, have symptoms or test positive for COVID-19, don’t host or attend a gathering

All residents have access to free community testing locations throughout the city and testing is readily available.  

CDPHE Vaccine Clinics in Denver

Walk up doses available on a case by case basis. Appointments are recommended.

Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021
11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Florida Pitt Waller
21601 E 51st Pl. Denver, CO 80239

Book an appointment: https://denver-121-cdphe-mvu12.youcanbook.me/

Information about where to find a vaccine is available at Denvergov.org or by texting your ZIP code to GETVAX (438829) in English, or VACUNA (822862) in Spanish, to get the contact information of three nearby locations with available vaccines.   

COVID-19 Dashboard is Back 

As of Monday, Nov. 22, the Denver COVID-19 data dashboard is live and data on these dashboards will be updated each weekday by 6:30 p.m. Current dashboards reflect case summary data and outbreak information. Zip code specific data, breakthrough data, and positivity rate will be forthcoming.

Denver County Current Status

As with many counties in Colorado, Denver has seen a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases, percent positivity, and hospitalizations over the last two weeks. Currently the COVID-19 incidence rate in Denver is 261.6 cases per 100,000 people, and the one-week average lab positivity is 7.56%. Although Denver’s lab positivity is above the threshold for concern, 5%, the rate remains lower than many surrounding metro counties. The highest rates of infection, and the largest percentage of cases, in Denver remains among young adults from 20-39 years old.

80.5% of people 12 and older are fully vaccinated in DenverThe addition of children ages 5-11 to the population of eligible vaccine recipients will cause the percentage of people vaccinated to drop temporarily once data is available. Remember, vaccination is the most effective way to protect yourself, your family and your community against COVID-19. 

*Numbers represent data as of Thursday, Nov. 25 and are subject to change.  

  • Denver residents 12 and older initiating vaccination – 1st dose received: 89.8 (%)  
  • Denver residents 12 and older completing vaccination – Fully vaccinated: 80.5 (%)  
  • Denver residents 5-11 initiating vaccine – 27 (%, as of Sat., Nov. 20)

Denver one-week cumulative incidence rate (7-day moving average)  

  • Friday, Nov. 19: 332.6 average of new daily cases per 100,000 population  
  • Saturday, Nov. 20: 327.7
  • Sunday, Nov. 21: 318.0
  • Monday, Nov. 22: 315.1
  • Tuesday, Nov. 23: 302.8
  • Wednesday, Nov. 24: 261.6   

One-week average positivity rate*  

  • Friday, Nov. 19: 8.30%
  • Saturday, Nov. 20: 8.24% 
  • Sunday, Nov. 21: 8.08%
  • Monday, Nov. 22: 8.79%  
  • Tuesday, Nov. 23: 8.10% 
  • Wednesday, Nov. 24: 7.56% 

* The most recent 7 days of testing may be incomplete due to delays in laboratory analysis and reporting.  

Hospitalizations

  • Persons hospitalized with COVID-19 Denver County: 148 (7-day average)  
  • Cumulative Denver positive cases: 100,834
  • Cumulative Denver deaths from COVID-19: 1,002