The City and County of Denver today provided the following COVID-19 status update:
Vaccine Distribution Planning
The State of Colorado has released its vaccine distribution plan. The City and
Community Testing Sites
Due to inclement weather, all Denver community-based testing sites will be closed Friday, Dec. 11. Continued inclement weather over the weekend may impact operations. Visit Denver’s community-based testing page for updates.
Financial Relief for Business and Workers
The City and County of Denver will release an additional $4 million in COVID-19 emergency funds to support residents, workers, and businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19. Click here for additional information.
Denver County Current Status:
Numbers represent current data, subject to change based on additional data
Current State Dial Level: Red – Severe Risk
- Two-week cumulative incidence rate of ≥350
- To return to Level Orange: two-week cumulative incidence rate of ≥175 - <350
- Two-week average positivity rate of >15%
- To return to Level Orange: two-week average positivity rate of >10% - ≤15%
- Decreasing or Stable Hospitalizations for 0-7 Days
- To return to the previous level: Decreasing or Stable Hospitalizations for 8-11 days
Denver two-week cumulative incidence rate
- Friday, Dec. 4: 941 average of new daily cases per 100,000 population
- Saturday, Dec. 5: 941
- Sunday, Dec. 6: 920
- Monday: Dec. 7: 906
- Tuesday, Dec. 8: 881
- Wednesday, Dec. 9: 836
- Thursday, Dec. 10: 809
Two-week average positivity rate
- Friday, Dec. 4: 8.7%
- Saturday, Dec. 5: 8.6%
- Sunday, Dec. 6: 8.6%
- Monday: Dec. 7: 8.6%
- Tuesday, Dec. 8: 8.7%
- Wednesday, Dec. 9: 8.7%
- Thursday, Dec. 10: 8.6%
Decreasing or stable hospitalizations
- Current: 9 days of declining or stabile new hospital admissions
- Persons hospitalized with COVID-19 North Central Region: 915.9 (14-day average)
- ICU hospital bed capacity North Central Region: 76.5% (7-day average)
Cumulative Denver positive case: 41,624
Cumulative deaths from COVID-19: 403
Current public health orders and capacity restrictions for Level Red
- Public health orders regarding mask-wearing, gathering sizes, and Level Red capacity restrictions remain in place
- Click here for current public health orders in Denver
- Click here for Level Red capacity restrictions
Tips for a Safe Holiday Season During COVID-19 Pandemic
The Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) today offered strategies to reduce and prevent transmission of COVID-19 as folks begin planning holiday events over the next several weeks. DDPHE says a continued trend of increased prevalence of COVID-19 cases in Denver, surrounding communities, and across Colorado means people should plan ahead and take precautions with holiday celebrations to prevent the further spread of COVID in the community.
Residents should continue to keep up with the precautionary measures and follow all current public health orders during the holidays that have been effective in reducing the spread of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.
DDPHE encourages people to:
- Limit social gatherings to those you live with. Don’t mix households.
- Enjoy outdoor dining only with members of your household. Indoor dining is not allowed. You can also order takeout and delivery of food and beverages. Alcohol takeout and curbside service closes by 10 p.m., and alcohol delivery from restaurants and bars closes by 2 a.m. Bars remain closed.
- Be cautious when consuming alcohol. Alcohol may alter judgment and make it more difficult to practice COVID-19 safety measures.
- Shop during non-peak hours – generally, when stores first open, use curbside service or call ahead to find out if what you need is available, shop online or at outdoor markets. Retail is limited to 50% occupancy. Also, shop only with people from your household, keep 6 feet from others, wear your face covering, and wash or sanitize your hands often. Please support our local businesses whenever possible.
- Hold virtual office parties. Encourage co-workers to dress up according to the theme of the holiday. Offices are limited to 10% occupancy.
- Visit Santa Claus online since kids can’t see him in person this year.
- Avoid Christmas caroling because the virus is spread through small droplets and aerosols released into the air. If you do want to carol, please do so only with members of your own household and wear a mask.
- Stay home and avoid others if you are sick.
Denver COVID-19 Response Timeline
- March 5: First confirmed cases in Denver
- March 10: Cancelation of St. Patrick’s Day parade
- March 12: Mayor declares state of emergency
- March 13: Mayor orders city venues closed, events cancelled
- March 16: Mayor announces the closure of all restaurants and bars, except airport concessioners, to onsite seating
- March 23: Mayor Hancock announces Stay at Home Order
- Mar 27: Denver Aligns Stay at Home Order With State of Colorado
- April 6: Mayor Hancock Extends Stay at Home Order and ban on mass gatherings until April 30th
- April 7: Denver expands sheltering access for people experiencing homelessness with hotel rooms and establishing an auxiliary shelter.
- April 9: Mayor Hancock honors first responders and essential workers with a light display at the City and County Building
- April 9: Mayor Hancock announces the extension of the 2020 Personal Property Declaration filing deadline
- April 10: Mayor Hancock offers property tax relief for business and residential property owners by waiving late payment interest fees
- April 23: Denver Parks & Recreation issues a temporary directive to prohibit the possession and consumption of beer, wine, and champagne in parks and other outdoor public spaces the agency manages.
- April 24: Mayor Hancock extends the Stay at Home Order through May 8
- April 30: Mayor Hancock sends a letter to Congress urging them to support the inclusion of direct emergency funding assistance to cities and states in the next federal stimulus bill.
- May 6: Denver adopts the State’s ‘Safer at Home’ Public Health Order
- May 14: Denver issues a face covering order
- Aug. 6: Denver plans to release $25.6 million in federal Coronavirus Relief Funds to help support residents, works, small businesses and nonprofits
- Sept. 3: Denver reminds residents double down on COVID restrictions with Labor Day ahead
- Oct. 6: Denver City Council approves Mayor Hancock’s proposal to add another $1 million to the Left Behind Workers Fund to help residents who do not qualify for state, federal aid and were financially impacted by COVID-19.
- Oct. 16: Denver Orders Masks in More Settings, Cuts Gatherings from 10 to 5 People
- Oct. 21: Denver prepares to release a third round of federal Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) dollars to increase shelter capacity for people experiencing homelessness, provide rental assistance to 180 more Denver households, economic relief for nonprofits and businesses, childcare services for workers, and for continuation of the temporary shared streets program.
- Oct. 28: Denver Offers Financial Aid to Restaurants for Costs of Expanded Outdoor Space
- Nov. 6: Mayor Hancock and DDPHE executive director, Bob McDonald announce new “Home by 10” Order
- Nov. 20: Denver Moves to Level Red on State’s Revised COVID-19 Dial
- Nov. 20: Denver Waives Penalty for Late Payment of November Sales and Use, OPT, and Seat Taxes
- Nov. 23: Denver Adds Fourth COVID-19 Testing Site to Assist in Surge of Demand
- Dec. 10: City Deploys Additional $4 Million in COVID-19 Emergency Funds to Support Residents, Workers, Small Businesses