Denver COVID-19 Status Update - July 8, 2022
Published on July 08, 2022
The City and County of Denver provided the following COVID-19 status update.
Choose to Protect Your Child from COVID-19
Children from the age of 6-months old can get the COVID-19 vaccine. The Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) encourages all parents to begin and stay up to date with the recommended vaccine series. As of July 7, 2022, 3,087 of 42,211 kids under 5 in Denver have begun their vaccination series. DDPHE expects this number will steadily increase over the coming weeks, especially as more clinics and pediatrician offices receive shipments of the vaccine. Additionally, we expect many parents will likely choose to combine the COVID-19 vaccine with other childhood vaccinations, especially as kids get ready to go back to school in the fall.
Updated case numbers and vaccination information about the youngest category affected by COVID-19 are now available on DDPHE’s COVID-19 dashboards. The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) is hosting clinics across the state, including the Denver-metro area. Make an appointment today.
Both Pfizer and Moderna have vaccines for kids who are 6-months to 4-years old, but have different dose schedules:
- Pfizer: Three doses total. The first two shots are given three weeks apart; the third shot is given eight weeks after the second dose.
- Moderna: Two doses total; given four weeks apart.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also recommends COVID-19 boosters for everyone 5-years and older, if eligible. Parents can use the CDC’s COVID-19 booster tool to learn if and when your child or teen can get boosters to stay up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines.
Although fewer children have been infected with COVID-19 compared to adults, children can get sick from COVID-19 and spread COVID-19 to others. All children, including those who have already had COVID-19, should get vaccinated. Getting a COVID-19 vaccination is the most effective method in preventing infection, severe illness, hospitalization and death caused by COVID-19 in both children and adults. Vaccinating children is very important to ensure schools and daycare facilities remain open for in-person learning this fall.
Not Just the Kids, Grownups Too!
DDPHE encourages all adults, regardless of which COVID-19 vaccine they first received, to get the recommended boosters. The state’s vaccine calculator is a good way to keep track of when each family member will be eligible for a booster. If you haven’t started your vaccination series, now’s the time!
DDPHE encourages and supports Denver residents who make the best personal choice to protect themselves from COVID-19. Those who are immunocompromised or high risk for severe disease are encouraged to take additional precautions including:
- Consider avoiding non-essential indoor activities in public where you could be exposed.
- Talk to your healthcare provider about whether you need to take other precautions (e.g., testing).
- Have a plan for rapid testing if needed (e.g., having home tests or access to testing).
- Staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations, including boosters, is the best way to protect against severe disease.
DDPHE continues to urge everyone to be mindful and take precautions when going about their summer routines. If you feel sick, stay home and get tested. More information and resources are available at denvergov.org/covid19.
COVID-19 Case Rate Reporting
As expected, the incidence rates of COVID-19 cases across Colorado have been fluctuating over the summer. However, in the past few weeks, the numbers seem more extreme than previously reported. The large increase in cases observed in late June was caused by one lab’s delayed reporting of thousands of cases from the winter, which caused Denver’s rate to temporarily and inaccurately jump . DDPHE expects the case incidence rates to level out over the next few weeks, reflecting a more accurate picture of current levels.
Denver County Current Status
*Numbers represent data as of Thursday, July 7, 2022 and are subject to change.
Denver residents 6 months and older initiating vaccination – 1st dose received: 83.7%
Denver residents 6 months and older completing vaccination – Fully vaccinated: 79.2%
Denver residents 5 and older receiving booster dose- after initial vaccine series: 48.3%
Denver one-week cumulative incidence rate (7-day average of cases per 100,000 population)
As of 7/06/22: 260
Denver one-week average positivity rate*
As of 7/06/22: 13.3%
Persons hospitalized with COVID-19 in Denver County: 29 (as of 7/07/22)
Cumulative Denver positive cases: 198,478 (as of 7/07/22)
Cumulative Denver deaths from COVID-19: 1,419 (as of 7/07/22)