Denver COVID-19 Status Update - May 27, 2022

Published on May 27, 2022

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

Summer Checklist: Add Boosters for the Kiddos!

Memorial Day weekend is the traditional kickoff to the summer vacation season but before summer fun starts, make sure the whole family is vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19. Earlier this month, booster doses were approved for kids who are 5-11-years old. The Pfizer-BioNTech booster is one-third of the dose given to everyone 12 and older.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to be eligible for a booster, kids must have completed their primary vaccination series five months ago or longer. As of May 24, 2022, of the approximately 52,000 kids who are 5 to 11-years old in Denver, a little more than 14,000 are now eligible for a booster. The Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) encourages parents to begin, continue and complete the CDC-recommended vaccination series this summer – including boosters, so their kids are protected when they head back to school. The state’s vaccine calculator is a good way to keep track of when each family member will be eligible for a booster. More links to vaccination and booster resources can be found below in this status update.

Experiencing Symptoms? Know What Your Rapid Test Might Mean

There has been a lot of talk lately about “viral loads” and what that means in terms of rapid at-home tests for COVID-19. Testing at-home when you’re experiencing COVID-19 symptoms is the right thing to do, but sometimes, you might get a negative test result even if you, in fact, have a COVID-19 infection. Let us explain.

A body’s response to COVID-19 infection depends on several things including level of immunity from vaccination or prior infection, medical history, and the type of exposure. Someone may initially test negative because there is not enough virus present in your body to be detected on a test. At-home tests are a good tool to have on hand and are effective in detecting currently circulating variants. If you test negative, consider repeating the test 24 to 48 hours later. Multiple negative tests increase the confidence you are not infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. Also make sure you follow the instructions on the at-home test kit, so you are doing the test correctly.

However, if you tested negative and continue to experience symptoms, you should get a PCR test done by a healthcare provider. A healthcare provider can also provide guidance about your illness even if it is not COVID-19. PCR tests continues to be free at many locations. Whatever the test result, if you have symptoms, stay home, isolate and if you must go out, mask up. 

Denver, State Extend COVID-19 Measures

The Denver City Council voted to extend Denver’s COVID-19 federal disaster declaration until June 27, 2022. The declaration was set to expire Monday, May 30. The action allows Denver access to federal funds that help the city and county provide resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

City & County of Denver Holiday Closure  

DDPHE will be closed Monday, May 30, 2022 in observance of Memorial Day. Due to the holiday, the Mayor’s Office, City Council offices, Clerk and Recorder’s Office, Auditor’s Office and most city agencies will be closed. Partner entities such as Denver Health will remain open as well as departments/agencies that operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, such as emergency responders.  

Feds Provide Third Round of At-Home COVID-19 Tests

Federal health officials report COVID-19 cases are increasing in the United States and could continue to rise over the coming months. 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 (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.  

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.

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.

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. The following prevention steps should be taken based on your community’s level:

LOW (GREEN)

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

MEDIUM (YELLOW)

  • 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

HIGH (RED)

  • 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.

As the City and County of Denver is currently at MEDIUM/YELLOW (as of May 27, 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.

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 Thurs., May 26 and are subject to change.    

  • Denver residents 5 and older initiating vaccination – 1st 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: 50.8%   

 

Denver one-week cumulative incidence rate (7-day average of cases per 100,000 population)   

As of 5/25/22: 256

Denver one-week average positivity rate*  

As of 5/25/22:  8.88 

 
Hospitalizations  

Persons hospitalized with COVID-19 in Denver County: 27 (as of 5/20/22)    

Case Summary  

  • Cumulative Denver positive cases: 180,885 (as of 5/26/22)  
  • Cumulative Denver deaths from COVID-19: 1,376 (as of 5/26/22)  

 

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