Denver COVID-19 Status Update - Dec. 3, 2021

Published on December 03, 2021

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

Omicron Variant Update

On Nov. 26, 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) classified a new variant, B.1.1.529, Omicron, as a Variant of Concern. Researchers in South Africa and around the world are conducting studies to better understand the Omicron variant. To date, there has been one case identified in Colorado, in Arapahoe County.  

The Denver Dept. of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) is dedicated to protecting our city and community by implementing necessary precautions against COVID-19. We will continue to provide updates on the Omicron variant as information becomes available. The emergence of a new variant underscores the importance of following public health guidance, including getting vaccinated, wearing a face covering indoors and washing your hands frequently to stop the spread and mutation of the virus.

Mask or Vax: Denver Metro Counties Enforce New Face Covering Mandate

Last week, with COVID-19 surging across the state and hospital capacity threatened, Mayor Michael B. Hancock, joined by metro-area public health leaders, including 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.

Under the public health order, face coverings are now required in Denver and other Denver metro areas 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 (phone number and email) 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.

Report a Public Health Order Violation

The City and County of Denver takes the enforcement of current Public Health Orders seriously. If you would like to report a business that is out of compliance with current COVID-19 public health orders,  please submit the form online under the “Report a Violation” tab. DDPHE will investigate complaints and implement necessary corrective measures to ensure all public health orders are being followed for the health and safety of our community.

Community Event: Hispanic Information Session and Vaccination Clinic

Join a live COVID-19 information session on Tuesday, Dec. 7. This virtual event will feature expert bilingual presenter and health educator Miriam Garcia Romero. The following day, Wednesday, Dec. 8, there will be a vaccination clinic at Castro Elementary School from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Available vaccines include primary series COVID-19 vaccines, pediatric COVID-19 vaccines, booster shots, and flu vaccines. All vaccines are free of cost. Registration is required and should be done so through the website.

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 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, 2021 and Jan. 1, 2022), people should get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine by Dec. 11 and 12, respectively.
  • Though the deadline to be fully vaccinated by 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 when you are in public indoor settings.

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 and 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. 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. 

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.  

Denver Equity Vaccine Clinics

To register to get vaccinated at one of these clinics, please contact ICOffice@childrenscolorado.org.

Colorado Community Clinic / Hindu Temple
Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021
7201 S. Potomac St., Centennial

Curtis Park Neighbors (Five points/ RiNo)
Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021
1031 33rd St., Denver

Farrell B Howell ECE-8 School
Monday, Dec. 6, 2021
14250 Albrook Dr., Denver

Fort Logan MHI - Children's Auditorium
Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021
4045 S Lowell Blvd., Denver

CDPHE Vaccine Clinics in Denver

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

Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
DSST Cole
3240 Humboldt St. Denver, CO 80205
Book an appointment: https://denver-128-cdphe-mvu12.youcanbook.me/

Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021
1 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Bayaud Enterprises
Atlantis Community - 201 S. Cherokee St., Denver, CO 80223
Book an appointment: https://denver-129-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.   

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. 

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

  • Denver residents 12 and older initiating vaccination – 1st dose received: 90.3 (%)  
  • Denver residents 12 and older completing vaccination – Fully vaccinated: 81.2 (%)  
  • Denver residents 5-11 initiating vaccine – 33.5 (%)

 

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

  • Friday, Nov. 26: 215.6 average of new daily cases per 100,000 population  
  • Saturday, Nov. 27: 215.2
  • Sunday, Nov. 28: 219.6
  • Monday, Nov. 29: 220.3
  • Tuesday, Nov. 30: 225.6
  • Wednesday, Dec. 1: 205.1

One-week average positivity rate*  

  • Friday, Nov. 26: 8.05%
  • Saturday, Nov. 27: 8.17% 
  • Sunday, Nov. 28: 8.08%
  • Monday, Nov. 29: 7.43%  
  • Tuesday, Nov. 30: 7.94% 
  • Wednesday, Dec 1: 7.8% 

* 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: 146 (7-day average)  

  • Cumulative Denver positive cases: 102,619
  • Cumulative Denver deaths from COVID-19: 994