Denver COVID-19 Status Update: Oct. 28, 2022

Published on October 28, 2022

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

Get BOO-sted by Halloween to be Up-to-Date for Thanksgiving Gatherings

Halloween is almost here and gone, and before you know it, the winter holidays will be here. The Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) recommends everyone ages five and up get the updated Omicron booster by Halloween to ensure maximum protection by the time friends and family gather for Thanksgiving celebrations.

DDPHE recognizes many people may be experiencing fatigue from repeated calls to get vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19, but experts say the updated shots have an advantage: They contain half the recipe that targeted the original coronavirus strain and half protection against the dominant BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron versions. These combination, or “bivalent,” boosters are designed to broaden immune defenses, so people are better protected against serious illness whether they encounter an Omicron relative in the coming months -- or a different mutation that’s more like the original virus.

RSV Joins COVID-19/Flu Winter Wave

In addition to COVID-19, we anticipate an increase in all respiratory illnesses this winter, as is typical every year as we transition into colder months. Children’s hospitals in Colorado and parts of the U.S. are seeing a surge in respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a common respiratory illness that can cause severe breathing problems for babies and young children. RSV can be serious, especially for infants and older adults. As a result, RSV, flu and COVID-19 could combine and stress hospital capacities this winter.

DDPHE continues to urge everyone to be mindful and take precautions when going about their fall routines. Practice good hygiene habits, and if you feel sick, stay home and get tested. More information and resources are available at denvergov.org/covid19

CDC Recommends Third Dose of Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine

Both the Food and Drug Administration and CDC gave the green light for a third Novavax COVID-19 vaccine dose for adults. Adults aged 18-years and older, who have not gotten any booster doses, can receive a third Novavax dose six months after finishing their primary series of any authorized COVID-19 vaccine.

Novavax’s vaccine is protein-based like other familiar vaccines such as hepatitis B, HPV, pertussis and tetanus. It contains a very small amount of spike protein taken directly from the COVID-19 virus. Novavax may be preferable for some people who would rather receive a vaccine other than an mRNA-based vaccine. It may also be clinically recommended for people who can’t get an mRNA vaccine.

Denver County Current CDC Level: Low/Green  

Denver County Current Status  

*Numbers represent data as of Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022 and are subject to change.  

Denver residents 6 months and older initiating vaccination – 1st dose received: 86.0%  

Denver residents 6 months and older completing vaccination – Fully vaccinated: 78.0%  

Denver residents 5 and older receiving booster dose- after initial vaccine series: 51.0%  

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

As of 10/27/22: 68.2 per 100,000  

Denver one-week average positivity rate*  

As of 10/25/22: 8.0%  

Hospitalizations  

Persons hospitalized with COVID-19 in Denver County: 21 (as of 10/27/22)  

Case Summary  

Cumulative Denver positive cases: 213,817 (as of 10/27/22)  

Cumulative Denver deaths from COVID-19: 1,474 (as of 10/27/22)