City and County of Denver COVID-19 Response Update

Published on February 19, 2021

Denver COVID-19 Status Update 

COVID-19 Town Hall Events for Older Adults and Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities 

Rocky Mountain PBS partnered with Mayor Michael B. Hancock to hold a town hall event in which experts participated in a discussion about the coronavirus, vaccines, and how to better serve communities of color and older Coloradans in our fight against COVID-19. Watch the town hall on Rocky Mountain PBS on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 21 at 10 a.m. Additionally, Mayor Hancock, community leaders, and medical professionals focused on the Asian-American and Pacific Islander community during their virtual roundtable on Feb. 18. The city continues to host these conversations about the impact COVID-19 is having in Denver's more vulnerable communities and communities of color. Denver’s community panels and town halls are addressing the disproportionate impacts of the pandemic, stressing the safety and efficacy of the vaccine, and addressing the very real feelings of fear and distrust that exist between communities of color, older adults and the medical community. View a recording of the Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities event. 

Montbello Community Vaccination Site  

The City and County of Denver opened the first of at least four community-based vaccination sites at Montbello Recreation Center on Thursday, Feb. 18 in partnership with Denver Health and Hospital Authority. The intent of the city’s focus on equity-driven strategies at community-based sites is to improve vaccine access for our older adults, people with disabilities, immigrant and refugee communities, and racial and ethnic minority groups that are at increased risk of dying from COVID-19. All community vaccination sites in Denver will require pre-registration made via the community partners for each site. In the coming weeks, additional community-based vaccination sites will also launch in Northeast, West and Southwest Denver. For vaccine-eligible residents who live outside of the targeted communities for these vaccination sites, information on how to sign up to receive the vaccine from other locations is available on the city’s vaccine website.  

Mayor Hancock Requests White House to Directly Allocate Vaccines to Cities  

On Thursday Feb. 18, Mayor Hancock sent a letter to the Biden Administration to request direct Federal allocation of vaccines to cities. Currently, States and governors are solely responsible for vaccine allocations. Denver believes that cities can better address the needs of their unique populations including those experiencing homelessness, communities of color and communities who have faced greater disparities and COVID-19 impacts. Cities and mayors are better positioned to build local partnerships to address gaps in vaccine distribution to these disadvantaged communities. Denver has a detailed plan that involves supporting broad distribution to the health care system, predictable place-based sites in its communities and mobile vaccination teams for those who are eligible to receive the vaccine but are unable to easily access fixed sites. Read the letter(PDF, 159KB)

Denver County Current Status: 

Numbers represent current data and are subject to change. 

  • Denver residents initiating vaccination – 1st Dose received: 92,477 
  • Denver residents completing vaccination – 2nd Dose received: 45,634

 Click here for 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. 12: 144.0 average of new daily cases per 100,000 population 
  • Saturday, Feb. 13: 136.1 
  • Sunday, Feb. 14: 125.6 
  • Monday, Feb. 15: 115.6 
  • Tuesday, Feb. 16: 104.4 
  • Wednesday, Feb. 17: 95.0 
  • Thursday, Feb. 18:  84.1  

One-week average positivity rate 

  • Friday, Feb. 12:  2.6% 
  • Saturday, Feb. 13: 2.5% 
  • Sunday, Feb. 14: 2.5% 
  • Monday, Feb. 15: 2.4% 
  • Tuesday, Feb. 16:  2.4% 
  • Wednesday, Feb. 17: 2.5% 
  • Thursday, Feb. 18: 2.5% 

Decreasing or stable hospitalizations 

  • Current: 14 days of declining or stable new hospital admissions 
  • Persons hospitalized with COVID-19 North Central Region: 278.9 (14-day average) 
  • ICU hospital bed capacity North Central Region: 66.2% (7-day average)  
  • Cumulative Denver positive cases: 58,288 
  • Cumulative Denver deaths from COVID-19: 508

Current public health orders and capacity restrictions for Level Yellow 

Public health orders regarding mask wearing, gathering sizes and Level Yellow capacity restrictions remain in place 


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