Denver COVID-19 Status Update - Jan. 21, 2022

Published on January 21, 2022

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

Denver KN95 Mask Distribution

The City and County of Denver will participate in the State of Colorado’s mask distribution program. Distribution locations will be announced next week. While vaccination greatly reduces the chances of severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19, masks are an important tool to limit the spread of the virus in our community. Community transmission of the virus in Denver remains high. Denver’s current Public Health Order requires individuals aged 2 and older to wear a face covering in public indoor spaces.  These measures continue to protect the health and wellbeing of the community and alleviate pressure on the hospital system. For more information about the public health order, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.  

Order Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests

Due to the current rise in COVID-19 cases, at-home tests can be hard to come by and testing sites are experiencing longer than normal wait times. To address the shortage of COVID-19 tests, the federal government has launched an effort to provide Americans with free, at-home COVID-19 tests. Each household is eligible to receive four individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests via mail, shipped within 7-12 days from when ordered. Plan ahead, and request COVID-19 tests now so they are available when needed!

Booster Shots Encouraged

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) now recommends all those age 12 and up get a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at least five months after completing their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series. Booster shots are important as protection against COVID-19 infection decreases over time. Individuals should get a booster if they:

  • Are 12 or older and received their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna at least five months ago.
  • Are 18 and older and received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months ago.

Get Vaccinated in the Comfort of Your Own Home

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is offering in-home vaccinations are by calling 1-877-COVAXCO (1-877-268-2926). The call line is available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For people who cannot make the call themselves, a caregiver, family member or friend can call on their behalf. Multiple languages are also available. While more convenient for some people, arranging an in-home vaccination will take time to coordinate and the visit may take longer than getting the vaccine through another site.

Denver’s Public Health Order Extended Through Feb. 3

Denver’s current public health order requires face coverings in Denver for everyone aged 2 and older in all public, indoor spaces is in effect through Feb. 3, 2022. The exemption for local businesses and venues that verify full vaccination status before entry is also still in effect. Businesses that opt to verify vaccination in lieu or requiring face coverings must contact DDPHE first.  

For acceptable proof of vaccination and other information about the public health order, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page. The City and County of Denver takes the enforcement of current public health orders seriously. Those who wish to report a business that is out of compliance with current COVID-19 public health orders should complete the online form under the “Report a Violation” tab. DDPHE will investigate complaints and implement necessary corrective measures to ensure all public health orders are being followed for the health and safety of our community.

Testing Locations

Get tested for COVID-19 if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have a close contact with someone who has COVID-19. All residents have access to free community testing locations throughout the city and testing is readily available.  

Get Vaccinated for Valentine’s Day!

Spread the love! Not COVID-19. Valentine’s Day is less than a month away and the season of candy hearts is no time for people to let their guard down. Vaccines remain the best public health measure to protect people from COVID-19, slow transmission and reduce the likelihood of new variants emerging. If you feel sick, stay home, isolate and get tested. Vaccinations are vital! 

Denver Vaccine Clinics

The Colorado Vaccine Equity Project hosts several free vaccine clinics every week throughout the Denver-metro area at schools, community centers and bus stops. Pre-registration is required for many locations. For more information about these clinics, contact Children’s Hospital Colorado.

In addition, there are several free mobile vaccine clinics with varying vaccine availability located in the Denver-metro area. Appointments are recommended.

Get Stuck on a Bus!

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is sponsoring a mobile vaccination clinic at Castro Elementary School (845 S. Lowell Blvd.) on Wed., Jan. 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. More information on booking appointments here.

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 

As with many counties in Colorado, Denver has seen a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases, percent positivity and hospitalizations over the last two weeks.

*Numbers represent data as of Thursday, Jan. 20 and are subject to change.  

  • Denver residents 12 and older initiating vaccination – 1st dose received: 90(%)  
  • Denver residents 12 and older completing vaccination – Fully vaccinated: 82.1(%)  
  • Denver residents 5-11 initiating vaccine – 49(%)

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

  • Friday, Fri. Jan. 14: 1475.2 average of new daily cases per 100,000 population  
  • Saturday, Jan. 15: 1461.9
  • Sunday, Jan. 16: 1406.5
  • Monday, Jan. 17: 1293.3

One-week average positivity rate*  

  • Friday, Jan. 14: 26.4% 
  • Saturday, Jan. 15: 26.2%  
  • Sunday, Jan. 16: 26.0%  
  • Monday, Jan. 17: 25.7%   
  • Tuesday, Jan. 18: 25.0%  
  • Wednesday, Jan. 19: 24.1% 

* 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: 221 (7-day average)  
  • Cumulative Denver positive cases: 149,289
  • Cumulative Denver deaths from COVID-19: 1,121
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