City and County of Denver COVID-19 Status Update

Published on October 22, 2021

DENVER –Today, the City and County of Denver provided the following COVID-19 status update:

CDC Expands Booster Rollout, OKs Mixing Shots 

Federal health officials expanded COVID-19 booster shot eligibility to include Johnson & Johnson and Moderna. For individuals who originally got the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at six months or more after their initial series:  

  • 65 years and older
  • Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings
  • Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions
  • Age 18+ who work of live in high-risk settings  

For people who initially received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, boosters are recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago. Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received, and others may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots. 

As millions of Americans are now eligible for boosters, this action should not distract from the critical work of ensuring that unvaccinated people take the first step and get the initial COVID-19 vaccine. 

Creep It Real: COVID-19 Halloween Safety 

With Halloween and the holiday season fast approaching, it is important to implement COVID-19 holiday safety precautions to keep friends and loved ones safe during celebrations. The Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) recommends anyone age 12 years and older get vaccinated before the festivities begin. Tips from the CDC and Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment include:  

  • Go trick-or-treating outside in small groups and avoiding crowded indoor Halloween parties.
  • Costume masks are not a substitute for face coverings that protect against COVID-19. 

Holiday Safety Vaccine Schedule 

Vaccinations are the most effective method of protecting yourself, your family and your community this holiday season. To be considered fully vaccinated by the following holidays, people should get their first dose of vaccine by the following dates: 

  • Thanksgiving (Nov. 25): Pfizer by Oct. 21, Johnson & Johnson by Nov. 11, Moderna (date passed)
  • Hanukkah (starts Nov. 28): Pfizer by Oct. 24, Johnson & Johnson by Nov. 14, Moderna (date passed)
  • Christmas (Dec. 25): Moderna by Nov. 13, Pfizer by Nov. 20, Johnson & Johnson by Dec. 11 

COVID-19 Dashboard Transition  

The Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) continues construction on the dashboards housing all COVID-19 data for cases, hospitalizations, deaths and testing following the transfer of management of many public health programs in Denver from the Public Health Institute at Denver Health to DDPHE, which was initiated on Sept. 30, 2021. During this transition, localized data including cumulative case and death totals, in addition to new cases and hospitalization trends, as well as statewide data and trends are available at the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment’s (CDPHE) COVID-19 website.  

This brief disruption in reporting will not impact Denver’s COVID-19 response. Data continues to be collected and reviewed to ensure DDPHE continues to make data-driven decisions related to vaccination mandates, outbreak investigations, testing and vaccination efforts. When the new dashboard is available, it will include all localized and demographic information for Denver County historically reported by the Public Health Institute at Denver Health.  

Report Violations of Denver’s Public Health Orders Online  

The Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) has started enforcement of vaccine requirements for personnel onsite or in the field in high-risk settings including: hospitals and clinical settings, congregate-care settings, and teachers and staff in schools and post-secondary institutions, among others.  

Those wishing to report a business out of compliance with current COVID-19 Public Health Orders should now submit complaints via the DDPHE COVID-19 website under the “Report a Violation” tab. DDPHE will investigate each complaint and implement necessary corrective measures to ensure the health and safety of our community.  

Testing Locations  

It’s important for anyone who has been exposed to the virus or is experiencing symptoms to get tested for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status or prior infection. Pending results, residents should stay away from others and follow the advice of healthcare providers or public health professionals. All residents have access to free community testing locations throughout the city and testing is readily available.  

Vaccination Locations  

COVID-19 vaccines are readily available through pharmacies and healthcare partners across the city. All three COVID-19 vaccines are free to all Denver residents and no insurance or identification are required to receive a vaccine. Information about where to find a vaccine is available at Denvergov.org or by texting your ZIP code to GETVAX (438829) in English, or VACUNA (822862) in Spanish, to get the contact information of three nearby locations with available vaccines.  

Upcoming Vaccine Events 

Shot for Tots and Teens 
Denver Health Outpatient Medical Center 
Location: 660 Bannock Street, Pavilion L, Second Floor, Denver, CO 80204 
Oct. 30, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
For more information and appointments, call (303)-602-3520  

Denver County Current Status:  

*Numbers represent data as of Thursday, Oct. 21 and are subject to change.  

  • Denver residents 12 and older initiating vaccination – 1st dose received: 83.8% 
  • Denver residents 12 and older completing vaccination – Fully vaccinated: 77.7%  

Denver six-day cumulative incidence rate (six-day moving average) 

  • Friday, Oct. 15: 155.4 average of new daily cases per 100,000 population
  • Saturday, Oct.16: 148.6
  • Sunday, Oct. 17: 156.3
  • Monday, Oct.18: 159.6
  • Tuesday, Oct. 19: 145.9 
  • Wednesday, Oct 20: 158.1  

Six-day average positivity rate*  

  • Friday, Oct. 15: 4.01% 
  • Saturday, Oct. 16: 4.0% 
  • Sunday, Oct. 17: 4.03% 
  • Monday, Oct. 18: 4.09% 
  • Tuesday, Oct. 19: 4.38% 
  • Wednesday, Oct. 20: 4.6%  

* The most recent 6 days of testing may be incomplete due to delays in laboratory analysis and reporting.  

Hospitalizations 

  • Persons hospitalized with COVID-19 Denver County: 92 (7-day average) 

Cumulative Denver positive cases: 90,001  

Cumulative Denver deaths from COVID-19: 927 


The Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE), Denver’s nationally accredited public health agency, empowers Denver’s communities to live better, longer. The divisions of DDPHE are: Administration, Animal Protection, Community & Behavioral Health, Environmental Quality, Office of the Medical Examiner, and Public Health Investigations. In partnership with Denver Public Health, DDPHE provides quality public health services to the City and County of Denver. For more information about DDPHE, visit denvergov.org/dpheor follow us on Twitter@DDPHE.

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