Joint Information Center Ends COVID-19 Activation

Published on May 07, 2021

DENVER – The Joint Information Center (JIC) will deactivate today, Friday, May 7. Since November 2020, the JIC has worked to provide coordinated, clear and factual citywide communications to Denver residents in support of local and State vaccination efforts. Going forward, JIC duties will transition to Denver’s Department of Public Health & Environment, including public information related to testing, vaccinations and public health orders. Relevant COVID-19 messaging will continue to be shared with media through the city’s various communication channels. Beginning Monday, news media are advised to direct their city COVID-19 response and vaccination questions to the following contacts for information:

Local COVID-19 testing and cases, vaccinations, compliance with Public Health Orders, including physical distancing and face coverings 

Department of Public Health & Environment  

Requests for Mayor Michael B. Hancock 
Mayor’s Office 
Economic relief and recovery
Economic Development and Opportunity 
Contact or 970-250-2189

Shelters and support for people experiencing homelessness 
Department of Housing Stability 
Contact or 303-895-6845

Face Covering Order Changes 

Denver is issuing a revised Public Health Order, effective today, which largely aligns with the state’s face covering order with a few exceptions. Face coverings are no longer required indoors in many instances, including at offices, if 80 percent of the occupants show proof of vaccination. If 85 percent of a restaurant’s workers show proof of vaccination, employees longer have to wear face coverings inside. Additionally, face coverings are not required inside when nine or fewer people are present, regardless of vaccination status. Children in Denver ages three and older are still required to wear masks indoors. People in Denver still must wear masks in grocery stores and other large retail stores where it is difficult to track vaccinations. Childcare centers, schools, hospitals, indoor camps, nursing homes, jails, larger government facilities, planes, buses and trains will also maintain the face covering requirement.
Managers of stores, restaurants and other businesses can ask to see vaccination cards of customers and employees, but no one is required to show proof of vaccination. It is incumbent on a responsible party, such as a manager, to prove that 80 percent of the people in an office or other indoor setting are vaccinated in order to allow for the removal of face coverings.

Denver County Current Status:  

*Numbers represent current data and are subject to change.  

Current public health orders and capacity restrictions for Level Blue  

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

  • Friday, Apr. 30: 150.4 average of new daily cases per 100,000 population  
  • Saturday, May 1: 139.4  
  • Sunday, May 2: 135.3
  • Monday, May 3: 132.7
  • Tuesday, May 4: 118.0  
  • Wednesday, May 5: 112.5  
  • Thursday, May 6: 97.6

One-week average positivity rate  

  • Friday, Apr. 30: 3.9%
  • Saturday, May 1: 3.7%  
  • Sunday, May 2: 3.6%
  • Monday, May 3: 3.4% 
  • Tuesday, May 4: 3.7%  
  • Wednesday, May 5: 3.5%     
  • Thursday, May 6: 3.4%     


 Persons hospitalized with COVID-19 Denver County: 77.4 (7-day average)  

Cumulative Denver positive cases: 70,668  

  Cumulative Denver deaths from COVID-19: 543  

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