Denver COVID-19 Status Update - May 13, 2022

Published on May 13, 2022

DENVER – The City and County of Denver provided the following COVID-19 status update. 

Denver COVID-19 Status: Stay Protected and Be Prepared

Since early April, rates of COVID-19 cases have been slowly, but steadily, increasing. While the current surge is not expected to be nearly as large as the Omicron surge earlier this year, it's a good opportunity to remind our community how to stay safe, protected and prepared for COVID-19.

The best way to stay protected against COVID-19 is by completing your vaccination series. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), being fully vaccinated can vary from two to three doses depending on age and health status. COVID-19 vaccines are effective at protecting people from getting seriously ill and being hospitalized —especially those who are boosted. Other ways to be prepared and protected can include: 

  • Pay attention to COVID-19 indicators in your community. A good way to keep track is by using the CDC COVID-19 Data Tracker. The Denver Dept. of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) also reports local COVID-19 data on our website.
  • Have high-quality masks on hand. Some people may continue to wear a mask based on their personal preference and personal level of risk.
  • Keep COVID-19 tests at home. Get free, at-home tests delivered directly to your home. If you need to order home COVID-19 tests, do this sooner rather than later.
  • Vaccine calculators are a good way to keep track of your family’s COVID-19 vaccination status and make completion of each person’s vaccination series simple.
  • Make a plan for antiviral drug treatment. Denver residents can use the Test to Treat program to seek antiviral treatment for COVID-19. Through this federal program, people can get tested for COVID-19, get a prescription for treatment from a health care provider (if appropriate) and have their prescription filled. People who receive COVID-19 test results through at-home tests or another testing site can also use a Test to Treat location to receive a prescription for oral antivirals.

If you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, use the CDC’s Quarantine and Isolation Calculator. This tool can help determine how long you need to isolate, quarantine or take other steps to prevent spreading COVID-19.

Much like preparing for cold or allergy season, being prepared for COVID-19 can help to minimize disruption caused by the virus and ensure treatment is received quickly. Additional resources about COVID-19 vaccination, prevention and protection can be found on the DDPHE COVID-19 website.

Red, Yellow, Green: Know the COVID-19 Level in Your Community

The number of COVID-19 cases is expected to fluctuate this summer, but more tools than ever are available to help combat the spread of the virus in our community. 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. According to the CDC, the following prevention steps should be taken based on your community’s level:


  • Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines
  • Get tested if you have symptoms



  • If you are at high risk for severe illness, talk to your health care provider about whether you need to wear a mask and take other precautions
  • Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines
  • Get tested if you have symptoms



  • Wear a mask indoors in public
  • Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines
  • Get tested if you have symptoms

Additional precautions may be needed for people at risk for severe illness.

The City and County of Denver is currently at MEDIUM/YELLOW (as of May 13, 2022). We encourage those who are immunocompromised or at high risk to follow the above steps. A good way to track COVID-19 indicators in your community is using the CDC COVID-19 Data Tracker. DDPHE also reports local COVID-19 data online.

COVID-19 Testing

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 available in the following locations:  

  • Free COVID-19 rapid tests are available for pick up at all Denver Recreation Centers during regular operating hours (except for La Alma). Each test kit contains two tests and residents are eligible to receive up to two free test kits while supplies last.  
  • Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order four free at-⁠home tests, containing two tests per box, from the federal government. 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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends isolation and masking up in public. The CDC has provided an Isolation and Quarantine calculator for guidance. Call your healthcare provider or your local pharmacy to learn what treatment options are available to you.

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 spring and summer routines. If you feel sick, stay home and get tested. 

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 Denver Dept. of Public Health & Environment 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 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 Thurs., May 12 and are subject to change.   

  • Denver residents 5 and older initiating vaccination – 1st dose received: 88.0%    
  • Denver residents 5 and older completing vaccination – Fully vaccinated: 80.7%  
  • Denver residents 12 and older receiving booster dose- after initial vaccine series: 50.4%   

Denver one-week cumulative incidence rate

Seven-day average of cases per 100,000 population:   

  • As of 5/11/22: 209  

Denver one-week average positivity rate*   

  • As of 5/11/22:  7.95 


  • Persons hospitalized with COVID-19 in Denver County: 19 (as of 5/13/22)    

Case Summary  

  • Cumulative Denver positive cases: 175,838 (as of 5/13/22)  
  • Cumulative Denver deaths from COVID-19: 1,372 (as of 5/13/22)
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