Denver COVID-19 Status Update: Sept. 2, 2022

Published on September 02, 2022

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

 

COVID-19 Protection: More Options Than Ever Now Available

The Feds cleared the way for two new booster shots that take aim at the latest strains and variants of COVID-19. Earlier this week, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) gave the green light for the updated boosters, then the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gave its endorsement on Thursday. One is made by Pfizer-BioNTech, the other by Moderna. Until now, COVID-19 vaccines have targeted the original SARS-CoV-2 virus. Both new U.S. boosters are combination, or “bivalent,” shots. They contain half the original vaccine recipe and half protection against the newest omicron variants, BA.4 and BA.5, considered the most contagious yet. The updated boosters are only for people who have already completed their primary vaccination series using the original vaccines. Age eligibility requirements are different for each booster:

  • Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine, Bivalent: Individuals 18 years of age and older are eligible for a single booster dose if it has been at least two months since they have completed primary vaccination or have received the most recent booster dose with any authorized or approved monovalent COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, Bivalent: Individuals 12 years of age and older are eligible for a single booster dose if it has been at least two months since they have completed primary vaccination or have received the most recent booster dose with any authorized or approved monovalent COVID-19 vaccine.

The bivalent vaccines should not be used for initial vaccinations. The new boosters targeting today’s most common omicron strains should begin arriving in pharmacies and clinics within days. Details still have to be finalized as to when the new boosters will be widely available in Colorado.  

The COVID-19 vaccines, including boosters, continue to save lives and prevent hospitalization and death. Heading into fall, as people begin to spend more time indoors, the Denver Dept. of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) strongly encourages anyone who is eligible to consider receiving a booster dose with a bivalent COVID-19 vaccine to provide better protection against currently circulating variants.

All COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are safe and free. Many options for vaccinations are available, including mobile bus clinics (appointments recommended), 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.  

 

City & County of Denver Holiday Closure  

DDPHE will be closed Monday, Sept. 5, 2022, in observance of Labor Day. In addition, 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.  

 

Denver County Current CDC Level: Low/Green  

 

Denver County Current Status  

*Numbers represent data as of Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022 and are subject to change.       

Denver residents 6 months and older initiating vaccination – 1st dose received: 88.3%       

Denver residents 6 months and older completing vaccination – Fully vaccinated: 80.4%     

Denver residents 5 and older receiving booster dose- after initial vaccine series: 49.8%     

 

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

As of 8/31/22: 90

 

Denver one-week average positivity rate*  

As of 8/31/22:  5.8%    

 
Hospitalizations  

Persons hospitalized with COVID-19 in Denver County: 23 (as of 8/31/22)       

 

Case Summary  

Cumulative Denver positive cases: 209,188 (as of 9/01/22)     

Cumulative Denver deaths from COVID-19: 1,454 (as of 9/01/22)