City and County of Denver COVID-19 Status Update

Published on October 08, 2021

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

City and County of Denver Vaccination Mandate In Effect

As of today, 99.1% of City and County of Denver employees have submitted proof of vaccination or received an approved exemption. The mandate for City and County of Denver employees and private-sector workers in high-risk settings like schools, hospitals and shelters to be fully vaccinated is now in effect.

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.

Public Health Order Extension

The City and County of Denver has extended a Public Health Order which adopts the Order issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) earlier this month. The order requires face coverings be worn by unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated staff, residents, patients, and visitors in correctional facilities, shelters for people experiencing homelessness, emergency medical, and healthcare settings.

COVID-19 Dashboard Transition

Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) continue 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.

Enforcement Complaint Web Form

The Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) has started enforcement of the vaccine requirement 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 that is 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 health care 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 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 Wednesday, Oct.6and are subject to change.

  • Denver residents 12 and older initiating vaccination – 1st dose received: 83.0(%)
  • Denver residents 12 and older completing vaccination – Fully vaccinated: 76.8(%)

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

  • Friday, Oct. 1: 151.7 average of new daily cases per 100,000 population
  • Saturday, Oct. 2:154.1
  • Sunday, Oct. 3: 150.3
  • Monday, Oct. 4: 151.9
  • Tuesday, Oct. 5:140.8
  • Wednesday, Oct 6:144.7

Six-day average positivity rate*

  • Friday, Oct. 1: 4.42%
  • Saturday, Oct. 2: 4.54%
  • Sunday, Oct. 3: 4.53%
  • Monday, Oct. 4: 4.21%
  • Tuesday, Oct. 5: 4.37%
  • Wednesday, Oct. 6:4.40%

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


  • Persons hospitalized with COVID-19 Denver County:77(7-day average)


Cumulative Denver positive cases: 87,161

Cumulative Denver deaths from COVID-19:874

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 follow us on Twitter@DDPHE.

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