City and County of Denver COVID-19 Status Update

Published on September 24, 2021

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

City and County of Denver Vaccination Mandate Deadline Sept. 30

As of today, 92% of City and County of Denver employees have submitted proof of vaccination or received an approved exemption. The deadline for all City and County of Denver employees and private-sector workers in high-risk settings like schools, hospitals and shelters to be fully vaccinated is Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021. The City of Denver is providing weekly status updates on the percentage of fulltime employees that have completed the proof of vaccine process.

Webinar: Implementing A Vaccine Mandate in Your Business

The Denver Department of Public Health and Environment along with Denver Economic Development & Opportunity is hosting a webinar for local businesses to provide guidance and answer questions about implementing vaccine mandates for employees or customers. The webinar is on Tuesday, Sept. 28 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Interested parties can sign up for the webinar online to participate.

Businesses that do not comply with Denver’s vaccine requirement, could be subject to enforcement actions. For more information, employers can visit the online toolkit at: 

Pfizer Vaccine Booster Approved

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for immunocompromised individuals and those over 65 years old. Coloradans who need an additional dose should be able to access them immediately at enrolled state and federal vaccine providers. Additional doses are free. No ID, insurance, or proof of medical history is required to receive an additional dose. Coloradans may self-report their immunocompromising conditions to vaccine providers. More information is available on the CDC's website.

Regional Hospital Capacity

According to our partners at North Central Region Healthcare Coalition, while the Metro Area is beginning to see early indicators of stabilization in COVID-19 hospitalizations, the hospital/healthcare system remains stressed due to general high inpatient and emergency department volume. This makes the importance of mitigating COVID-19 infections and decreasing COVID-19 hospitalizations a critical factor in increasing the stability of the healthcare system. Currently, approximately 80% of those hospitalized in the metro area are unvaccinated. Less than 20% of Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Medical/Surgical bed are available in the Metro Area and healthcare staffing remains tight.


CDPHE Vaccine Events This Weekend

CDPHE is hosting the following vaccine events this weekend. Colorado residents can get their first, second or third dose (Pfizer only) if they are eligible at the following locations:

  • The Aurora Municipal Center
    Location: 15151 E Alameda Pkwy, Aurora, CO 80012
    Drive-through clinic
    Hours of operation: 9 a.m.- 7 p.m.
  • Chapel Hills Mall in Colorado Springs
    Location: 1710 Briargate Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80920
    Walk-in clinic
    Hours of operation: 10 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City
    Location: 6000 Victory Way, Commerce City, CO 80022, Lot F 9/20-22, Lot H 9/23-9/30
    Walk-up clinic
    Hours of operation: 11 a.m. -9 p.m.
  • Southwest Plaza Mall in Littleton
    Location: 8501 W Bowles Ave, Littleton, CO 80123
    Drive-through clinic
    Hours of operation:10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Additionally, all three COVID-19 vaccines are readily available and free to all Denver residents. No insurance or identification are required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. More information about the COVID-19 vaccine is available on our Get a Vaccine page, or you can text 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.

Additional Vaccination Events This Weekend

Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021
2001 Colorado Blvd. Denver, 80205
Hours of Operation: Noon - 4:00 p.m.
Vaccine: Pfizer - 1st and 2nd doses

Interested parties can visit our Get a Vaccine page for a current list of vaccine locations and scheduled vaccination events.

COVID-19 Testing

Testing Locations

As COVID-19 cases continue increasing, 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. Visit the Colorado COVID-19 website for more information.

Denver County Current Status:

*Numbers represent data as of Friday, Sept. 24 and are subject to change.

  • Denver residents 12 and older initiating vaccination – 1st dose received: 81.3 (%)
  • Denver residents 12 and older completing vaccination – Fully vaccinated: 75.1 (%)

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

  • Friday, Sept. 17: 177 average of new daily cases per 100,000 population 
  • Saturday, Sept. 18: 166.7
  • Sunday, Sept. 19: 169
  • Monday, Sept. 20: 160.7
  • Tuesday, Sept. 21: 149.3
  • Wednesday, Sept. 22: 140
  • Thursday, Sept. 23: 120.3

One-week average positivity rate*

  • Friday, Sept. 17: 3.3% 
  • Saturday, Sept. 18: 3.3% 
  • Sunday, Sept. 19: 3.3% 
  • Monday, Sept. 20: 3.2% 
  • Tuesday, Sept. 21: 3.4% 
  • Wednesday, Sept. 22: 3.2% 
  • Thursday, Sept. 23: 3.3% 

* 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: 78 (7-day average) 


Cumulative Denver positive cases: 84,244

Cumulative Denver deaths from COVID-19: 903 

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