Denver COVID-19 Status Update - June 10, 2022
Published on June 10, 2022
DENVER – The City and County of Denver provided the following COVID-19 status update.
COVID-19 cases in Denver are expected to fluctuate throughout the summer. Cases in the metro area, like much of the state and the country, have steadily risen since April. While case rates in our community are higher than they have been in recent months, they are far from where they were during the omicron surge. Rates of hospitalization continue to be low, especially among people who are vaccinated and our hospital capacity is not in jeopardy.
The CDC’s Community Level indicators can help individuals make the best personal choice based on the number of hospital beds being used by COVID-19 patients, hospital admissions and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in the area. The Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) also reports local COVID-19 data online.
According to the CDC, the City and County of Denver is currently at HIGH/RED community level (as of June 10, 2022). As there is greater community spread of the virus, DDPHE encourages residents to understand the tools available to personally protect themselves from COVID-19. Tools include:
- Wearing a face covering indoors – face coverings can protect from the spread of the virus and provide an extra layer of protection, even for those who are vaccinated.
- Staying up to date with the COVID-19 vaccine series, including booster doses. Everyone over the age of 5 is now eligible for at least one booster dose
- Use free at-home tests to test for COVID-19 if you feel sick.
- Stay home if you’re sick and take advantage of the Test to Treat program if you test positive.
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).
- Talk to your healthcare provider about whether you are a candidate for treatments like oral antivirals, PrEP, and monoclonal antibodies.
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.
Feds Provide Third Round of At-Home COVID-19 Tests
Federal health officials report COVID-19 cases are increasing in the U.S. and that makes testing more important than ever. All households are now eligible for a third round of at-home COVID-19 test kits. Keeping COVID-19 rapid tests on hand can ensure speedy results and treatment options if someone begins to show symptoms. COVID-19 rapid test kits are also available in the following locations:
- Free COVID-19 rapid tests are available for pick up at Denver Recreation Centers during regular operating hours. Each test kit contains two tests and residents are eligible to receive up to two free test kits while supplies last.
- At-home test kits are available for purchase on retail websites like Amazon, CVS, Walmart and Walgreens.
- In-person and drive-thru testing is available at pharmacies and drug stores like Walgreens, CVS, King Soopers and Safeway.
If a test comes back positive, the CDC recommends isolation followed by masking up in public. The CDC has provided an Isolation and Quarantine calculator for guidance. Call your healthcare provider or local pharmacy to learn what treatment options are available.
Denver Vaccine Clinics
Many options for vaccinations are available, including mobile bus clinics (appointments recommended) that will operate at least through June, as well as vaccinations through a primary care provider or pharmacy. Additional resources about COVID-19 vaccines and boosters can be found on the DDPHE COVID-19 webpage.
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.
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, June 9, 2022 and are subject to change.
- Denver residents 5 and older initiating vaccination – first dose received: 88.2%
- Denver residents 5 and older completing vaccination – fully vaccinated: 80.8%
- Denver residents 12 and older receiving booster dose- after initial vaccine series: 51.4%
Denver one-week cumulative incidence rate (7-day average of cases per 100,000 population)
Denver one-week average positivity rate*
- Persons hospitalized with COVID-19 in Denver County: 14 (as of 6/03/22)
- Cumulative Denver positive cases: 186,057 (as of 6/09/22)
- Cumulative Denver deaths from COVID-19: 1,392 (as of 6/09/22)