Denver COVID-19 Status Update - April 28, 2023
Published on April 28, 2023
With the COVID-19 public health emergency expiration date of May 11, 2023, approaching, Denverites should begin to prepare themselves and their families for the transition. With summer vacation travel on the horizon, it is also important to consider what supplies should be on hand for the family, along with other preparations.
To ensure a smooth transition, the Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE), along with other public health agencies, recommend the following preparations as you’re thinking about travel for the summer:
- Get vaccinated as soon as possible to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Vaccines are widely available, still free and are proven safe and effective.
- Pack accordingly. Bring hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and face masks for everyone in your party. Also, consider packing a thermometer to monitor any symptoms that may arise.
- If you are flying to your destination, consider masking up in airports, on the plane and in large crowds, especially indoors. Make sure you pack extra masks for those random crowd situations.
- Consider camping. Studies have shown the virus that causes COVID-19 is much less transmissible outside.
- Individuals should continue to practice good hygiene habits, such as washing their hands regularly. People who are immunocompromised should continue wearing masks in crowded public settings and people who think they are at risk are urged to consider masking up in public.
Other changes will take effect on May 11, 2023, like frequency of publicly-run vaccination clinics and free testing. COVID-19-specific coverage is also scheduled to lapse for seniors and others in the federal government’s Medicare program. People who depend on Medicare should be on the lookout for any changes in their plan. Additionally, some residents enrolled in Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid program) and Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) might see changes in their coverage. To ensure you’re receiving Health First Colorado communications about your coverage, update your contact information and keep an eye on your mail. Additional information is available at www.healthfirstcolorado.com/renewals or by calling Denver Human Services for assistance.
While the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency is almost here, the fight against the pandemic is not over. DDPHE continues to urge everyone to be mindful and take precautions when going about their daily routines. If you feel sick, stay home and get tested. More information and resources are available at denvergov.org/covid19.
Denver County Current CDC Level: Low/Green
Denver County Current Status
*Numbers represent data as of Thursday, April 27, 2023, and are subject to change.
Denver residents 6 mos. and older initiating vaccination – 1st dose received: 87%
Denver residents 6 mos. and older completing vaccination – Fully vaccinated: 79%
Denver residents 5 yrs. and older receiving booster dose- after initial vaccine series: 54%
Denver one-week cumulative incidence rate (7-day average of cases per 100,000 population)
As of 04/27/23: 00.0 per 100,000
Denver one-week average positivity rate*
As of 04/27/23: 6.3%
Persons hospitalized with COVID-19 in Denver County: 10 (as of 04/27/23)
Cumulative Denver positive cases: 227,519 (as of 4/27/23)
Cumulative Denver deaths from COVID-19: 1,568 (as of 4/27/23)