Denver COVID-19 Status Update - March 3, 2023

Published on March 03, 2023

Denver Remembers the Three-Year Anniversary of COVID-19 

This weekend will mark the three-year anniversary of COVID-19’s arrival in Colorado. Since that time, Denver has seen over 200,000 cases of COVID-19 and we’ve lost over 1500 people to the virus. As we reflect on the past three years of the COVID-19 pandemic, we pause to remember those who we lost, as well as continue to be filled with hope for the future. 

“Those who have passed are not forgotten and are a constant reminder of the impact this virus has had on our community,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “I’m so proud of those who’ve stepped up to help in the past three years, from front line workers to those who masked up to protect themselves and other, and all the people who have received their COVID-19 vaccine. To date, 1.7 million COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Denver. Each vaccine is an affirmation of the hope we have for the future health of our city.” 

As we continue to navigate the endemic phase of COVID-19, it’s important to remember regular COVID-19 vaccines are the way for our Denver community to stay as safe as possible. Staying up to date with vaccines is essential in staying protected from the newer variants of COVID-19 and the Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) strongly encourages anyone who is eligible to consider receiving a booster dose to provide better protection against currently circulating variants. Vaccines are free, readily available and requires no proof of insurance or identification. Many options for vaccinations are available at community sites as well as vaccinations through a primary care provider or pharmacy.  

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

Denver’s COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Allowed to Expire  

Earlier this week, Denver’s COVID-19 declaration of a public health emergency expired and was not renewed. Over the course of the past year, DDPHE has taken steps to manage COVID-19 as an endemic virus. Given the recent low number of COVID-19 cases in Denver, the end of the public health emergency is an additional step in anticipation of the upcoming expiration of the federal emergency declaration.   

Denver County Current CDC Level: Low/Green  

Denver County Current Status  

*Numbers represent data as of Wednesday, March 1, 2023, and are subject to change.  

Denver residents 6 months and older initiating vaccination – 1st dose received: 87% 

Denver residents 6 months and older completing vaccination – Fully vaccinated: 79%  

Denver residents 5 and older receiving booster dose- after initial vaccine series: 53%  

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

As of 3/1/23: 60.8 per 100,000  

Denver one-week average positivity rate*  

As of 3/1/23: 11.9%  


Persons hospitalized with COVID-19 in Denver County: 18 (as of 3/1/23)  

Case Summary  

Cumulative Denver positive cases: 224,783 (as of 3/2/23)  

Cumulative Denver deaths from COVID-19: 1,547 (as of 3/2/23)