City and County of Denver COVID-19 Status Update

Published on October 15, 2021

DENVER –Today, the City and County of Denver provided the following COVID-19 status update:

Moderna, Johnson & Johnson Boosters Get Initial Green Light  

On Oct. 14, 2021, a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel voted unanimously to recommend Moderna COVID-19 booster shots for some Americans who are older adults, adults with other health problems, jobs or living situations that put them at increased risk for COVID-19. On Oct. 15, 2021, the FDA advisory panel voted to recommend a booster dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months after immunization. The recommendations will now go to the FDA for final decisions. The recommended Moderna COVID-19 booster shot is half the normal dose. For more on the Pfizer booster, see below.  

Completion of COVID-19 Vaccine Schedule Important

To achieve the highest level of immunity, it is important if you get the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines that you receive both doses - administered as close as possible to the recommended interval as possible. The second dose may be administered up to 6 weeks (42 days) after the first dose. 

Currently, over 25,000 people in Denver have not completed the full vaccine schedule, putting them at greater risk for contracting COVID-19. You can get a second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine at any location providing vaccinations. All vaccines are free, and no identification or proof of insurance is necessary.  

This week, the State of Colorado announced 72% of new COVID cases in Colorado are among unvaccinated individuals and 77% of individuals who are currently hospitalized are unvaccinated, stressing the importance of completing the vaccine schedule.    

Flu Season and COVID-19  

As many were masked and staying home last winter, the flu season was mild compared to previous years. This season, getting vaccinated for the flu is especially important. According to the CDC, it is safe to get the COVID-19 vaccine and the flu vaccine at the same time. Flu shots are readily available at pharmacies, grocery stores and health care providers. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis is hosting a flu vaccine clinic this Monday, Oct.18 on the west steps of the State Capitol. 

Booster Shots  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has approved Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 booster shot for people in high risk groups. The Pfizer booster is recommended for people 65 years and older, residents in long-term care settings and people with underlying medical conditions. At this time, the booster is recommended for those who have received their first two doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at least six months ago. People who received a Johnson & Johnson/Janssen or Moderna vaccine should continue to wait for more information. COVID-19 boosters are free to all Denver residents and no insurance or identification are required to receive a booster. The Pfizer booster is available wherever the vaccine is administered. 

COVID-19 Dashboard Transition  

The Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) continues construction on the dashboards housing all COVID-19 data for cases, hospitalizations, deaths and testing following the transfer of management of many public health programs in Denver from the Public Health Institute at Denver Health to DDPHE, which was initiated on Sept. 30, 2021.   

During this transition, localized data including cumulative case and death totals, in addition to new cases and hospitalization trends, as well as statewide data and trends are available at the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment’s (CDPHE) COVID-19 website.  

This brief disruption in reporting will not impact Denver’s COVID-19 response. Data continues to be collected and reviewed to ensure DDPHE continues to make data-driven decisions related to vaccination mandates, outbreak investigations, testing and vaccination efforts. When the new dashboard is available, it will include all localized and demographic information for Denver County historically reported by the Public Health Institute at Denver Health.  

Report Violations of Denver’s Public Health Orders Online 

The Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) has started enforcement of vaccine requirements for personnel onsite or in the field in high-risk settings including: hospitals and clinical settings, congregate-care settings, and teachers and staff in schools and post-secondary institutions, among others.  

Those wishing to report a business out of compliance with current COVID-19 Public Health Orders should now submit complaints via the DDPHE COVID-19 website under the “Report a Violation” tab. DDPHE will investigate each complaint and implement necessary corrective measures to ensure the health and safety of our community.  

Testing Locations  

It’s important for anyone who has been exposed to the virus or is experiencing symptoms to get tested for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status or prior infection. Pending results, residents should stay away from others and follow the advice of healthcare providers or public health professionals.  

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

Rapid At-Home Tests  

Colorado is distributing free rapid COVID-19 over the counter (OTC) self-tests directly to people’s homes. The program uses Abbott BinaxNOW™ rapid antigen tests that show results within 15 minutes. Additional information can be found on the CDPHE website.  

Vaccination Locations  

COVID-19 vaccines are readily available through pharmacies and healthcare partners across the city. All three COVID-19 vaccines are free to all Denver residents and no insurance or identification are required to receive a vaccine. 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:   

*Numbers represent data as of Thursday, Oct. 14 and are subject to change.  

  • Denver residents 12 and older initiating vaccination – 1st dose received: 83.4% 
  • Denver residents 12 and older completing vaccination – Fully vaccinated: 77.2%  

Denver six-day cumulative incidence rate (six-day moving average)  

  • Friday, Oct. 8: 197.3 average of new daily cases per 100,000 population 
  • Saturday, Oct. 9: 199.5
  • Sunday, Oct. 10: 200.1
  • Monday, Oct.11: 191.6
  • Tuesday, Oct. 12: 186.2
  • Wednesday, Oct 13: 168.7  

Six-day average positivity rate* 

  • Friday, Oct. 8: 4.79% 
  • Saturday, Oct. 9: 4.92% 
  • Sunday, Oct. 10: 5.02% 
  • Monday, Oct. 11: 5.29% 
  • Tuesday, Oct. 12: 4.52% 
  • Wednesday, Oct.: 4.89%  

* The most recent 6 days of testing may be incomplete due to delays in laboratory analysis and reporting.   

Hospitalizations 

  • Persons hospitalized with COVID-19 Denver County: 68 (7-day average) 

Cumulative Denver positive cases: 88,667

Cumulative Denver deaths from COVID-19: 882


The Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE), Denver’s nationally accredited public health agency, empowers Denver’s communities to live better, longer. The divisions of DDPHE are: Administration, Animal Protection, Community & Behavioral Health, Environmental Quality, Office of the Medical Examiner, and Public Health Investigations. In partnership with Denver Public Health, DDPHE provides quality public health services to the City and County of Denver. For more information about DDPHE, visit denvergov.org/dpheor follow us on Twitter@DDPHE.

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