Denver COVID-19 Status Update - Jan. 28, 2022

Published on January 28, 2022

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

Denver’s Public Health Order Expires Next Week

As Denver’s public health order requiring face coverings and proof of vaccination is set to expire on Feb. 3, 2022, the Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) continues to analyze data and have discussions with regional partners. DDPHE is encouraged by the continued decline in case rates, positivity and hospitalizations in Denver and across the metro area and it seems likely we will be able to let the public health order expire. More information will be available early next week.

Booster Shots: More Important Than Ever

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends staying “up to date” with the COVID-19 vaccine, which now includes boosters. Studies show after getting vaccinated against COVID-19, protection against the virus and the ability to prevent infection with variants may decrease over time due to changes in variants. Boosters help increase immunity overtime and protect you from serious illness. Many vaccines require more than one or two doses for long-lasting protection. For example, the life-saving polio vaccine requires four doses while the hepatitis vaccine requires three doses. A booster or additional dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will help all eligible Denverites maximize their protection, prolong the vaccine’s durability and continue to safeguard our communities against the virus.  Those who are unvaccinated are encouraged to start vaccination as soon as possible and continue to stay up to date with their vaccination schedule.

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.

KN95 Masks Now Available at Denver Recreation Centers 

Beginning on Monday, Jan. 24, free KN95 and surgical masks were made available for pick up at Denver Recreation Centers, as part of the State of Colorado’s mask distribution efforts. Masks are still available for pick up during regular operating hours at many City and County of Denver recreation centers. Each resident is eligible to receive up to five free masks while supplies last.

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!

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.

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 just over two weeks 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.

Information about where to find a vaccine is available at Denvergov.org 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 Thursday, Jan. 27 and are subject to change.  

  • Denver residents 12 and older initiating vaccination – 1st dose received: 86.1(%)  
  • Denver residents 12 and older completing vaccination – Fully vaccinated: 78.2(%)
  • Denver residents receiving additional (booster) dose (after initial vaccine series) – 39.9(%)

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

  • Friday, Fri. Jan. 21: 1,039 average of new daily cases per 100,000 population  
  • Saturday, Jan. 22: 962
  • Sunday, Jan. 23: 966
  • Monday, Jan. 24: 922
  • Tuesday, Jan. 25: 832

One-week average positivity rate*  

  • Friday, Jan. 21: 20.4% 
  • Saturday, Jan. 22: 19.57%  
  • Sunday, Jan. 23: 19.19%  
  • Monday, Jan. 24: 17.91%   
  • Tuesday, Jan. 25: 17.32%   

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

Hospitalizations: persons hospitalized with COVID-19 Denver County: 171 (7-day average)  

Cumulative Denver positive cases: 156,193

Cumulative Denver deaths from COVID-19: 1,123

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