City and County of Denver COVID-19 Response Update

Published on February 26, 2021

Denver COVID-19 Status Update 

Small Business Relief Grants

A new round of emergency relief grants is available for targeted small businesses in Denver to help offset the burden of the pandemic. The latest round is exclusively targeted to bars, breweries, distilleries, wineries, caterers, fitness and recreational sports centers, and movie theaters. As defined in Senate Bill 20B-001, businesses must belong to one of these business types/industries to be eligible for this round of grants. Businesses awarded grants from Denver in 2020 may be eligible to apply again, although recent 2021 awardees are not eligible to apply again at this time. Full eligibility information, requirements, and the application can be found here. Applications will be accepted until Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 5 p.m. 

Community Vaccination Sites 

The City and County of Denver is partnering with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, 9Health, and Safeway to establish additional fixed community vaccination sites that will provide vaccines to eligible residents in communities most impacted by COVID-19. The first of these community vaccination sites opened at the Montbello Recreation Center on Feb. 18. A State-operated vaccination site in Swansea is also currently in operation. A COVID Check Colorado site at Montbello High School will open on Feb. 27. Additional community vaccination sites at the Barnum Recreation Center, Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, and Bear Valley Library will open the week of March 7. These fixed, community-specific sites will require eligible residents to register for an appointment.

Certified 5 Star Businesses 

To date, 143 businesses have successfully attained Denver’s 5 Star certification by implementing safety measures that exceed current public health order requirements. Depending on where Denver falls on the State’s COVID-19 dial, certified businesses are eligible for less restrictive capacity caps. This rigorous certification provides the business a competitive edge as well as tangible assurance to customers that the business offers high safety standards. The certifications have been granted to bars and restaurants, event venues, gyms and fitness centers, hotels, and personal care services.

Financial Dashboard

The city has launched a Coronavirus Relief Dashboard to track spending for Denver’s more than $126 million allocation of federal Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF). Established under the CARES Act in 2020, the CRF provided payments to State, Local, and Tribal governments navigating the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. In April 2020, Denver received $126.8 million and began deploying funds through a phased strategy to support the community’s most pressing needs, including public health and food assistance, emergency sheltering, business, nonprofit and individual support and more. To date, nearly all the funds have been either expended or obligated. To enhance transparency, the interactive dashboard allows residents to track the city’s CRF allocations, with detailed project descriptions, budgets, and graphical representations of expended funds versus remaining budgets.

Denver County Current Status: 

Numbers represent current data and are subject to change. 

  • Denver residents initiating vaccination – 1st Dose received: 102,074 
  • Denver residents completing vaccination – 2nd Dose received: 56,427 

Additional Denver vaccine information 

Current State Dial Level: Yellow – Concern 

  • One-week cumulative incidence rate of >100 - ≤300 
    • To be moved to Level Blue: one-week cumulative incidence rate of >15 - ≤100 
  • One-week average positivity rate of >5% - ≤7.5% 
    • To be moved to Level Blue: one-week average positivity rate of ≤5%
  • Decreasing or Stable Hospitalizations for 8-11 Days 
    • To be moved to Level Blue: decreasing or stable hospitalizations for 12-14 Days 

Denver one-week cumulative incidence rate (7-day moving average) 

  • Friday, Feb. 19: 98.5 average of new daily cases per 100,000 population 
  • Saturday, Feb. 20: 102.7 
  • Sunday, Feb. 21: 103.8 
  • Monday, Feb. 22: 107.8 
  • Tuesday, Feb. 23: 111.8 
  • Wednesday, Feb. 24: 118.5 
  • Thursday, Feb. 25: 102.9

One-week average positivity rate 

  • Friday, Feb. 19: 2.8% 
  • Saturday, Feb. 20: 2.8% 
  • Sunday, Feb. 21: 2.8% 
  • Monday, Feb. 22: 2.7% 
  • Tuesday, Feb. 23: 2.6% 
  • Wednesday, Feb. 24: 2.4% 
  • Thursday, Feb. 25: 2.4% 

Decreasing or stable hospitalizations 

  • Current: 10 days of declining or stable new hospital admissions 
  • Persons hospitalized with COVID-19 North Central Region: 256.1 (14-day average) 
  • ICU hospital bed capacity North Central Region: 69.4% (7-day average) 

Cumulative Denver positive cases: 59,242 

Cumulative Denver deaths from COVID-19: 512 

Current public health orders and capacity restrictions for Level Yellow 

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