Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE)

More than 854,000 people in Colorado have tested positive for COVID-19 and more than 48,700 have been hospitalized as of Sunday, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Click here for the latest update on the number of cases, the age, gender and location of presumptive positive, indeterminate and confirmed cases from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Below, we’re updating this blog with the latest information regarding COVID-19 in Colorado.

Latest updates:
Thursday, December 16
6:30 a.m. | Polis will provide update on COVID-19

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Gov. Jared Polis will give an update on the state of COVID-19 in Colorado. Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman will join him. This press conference is scheduled for 9:15 a.m. Thursday.

Wednesday, December 15
6:47 p.m. | Denver New Year’s Eve fireworks back on

After canceling due to COVID-19 last year, Denver’s New Year’s Eve fireworks are back on to ring in 2022.

Fireworks shows will occur at 9 p.m. and midnight over the 16th Street Mall. The shows will be identical featuring a music playlist from live DJs. They’ll be at the mall from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Several other holiday events will be taking place for New Year’s Eve across the city. For a full list of events and safety measures, click here.

5:17 p.m. | Colorado’s fourth omicron case detected in Garfield County, first with no recent travel history

The fourth case of the omicron variant has now been detected on Colorado’s Western Slope, the fist in the state with no recent travel history, according to local public health officials.

Garfield County Public Health nurse manager Sara Brainard said the county was notified Wednesday that a vaccinated individual had tested positive for the variant. Unlike the first three cases reported so far, however, Garfield County’s case had no recent travel history, suggesting there is community spread happening in the area.

The omicron variant, identified in South Africa in mid-November, was first detected in Colorado on Dec. 2 in an Arapahoe County woman who had recently traveled to southern Africa. Since then, cases have also been confirmed Boulder and Jefferson counties.

All known cases, except for the Boulder case, were confirmed to have occurred among fully vaccinated people.

Scientists are still learning about omicron, though preliminary data from South Africa, the U.K. and Hong Kong suggests the mutation is much more transmissible than previous variants and more adept at infecting people who’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or who’ve recovered from prior infection.

Health experts have not yet been able to ascertain whether omicron will lead to more severe illness, hospitalization, or death.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said during a White House COVID-19 Response Team update Wednesday that data from South Africa showed that even though protection from Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine drops to 33% against infection, the two-dose regimen is still 70% effective at preventing hospitalization in omicron patients. A booster increases protection against symptomatic infection to 75%.

The latest data from the CDC shows 61% of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and 27% have received a booster shot.

In Colorado, 69.05% of the population is fully vaccinated and 43.5% have received a booster shot, according to statewide data.

Read the full story here.

4 p.m. | Latest coronavirus data

Colorado’s hospitalizations continue to decrease, as does the statewide seven-day average positivity rate, which fell to 6.3%, according to the latest data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

861,940 cases (+1,936)
49,085 hospitalized (+60)
64 counties (+0)
4,204,162 people tested (+4,545)
13,598,767 test encounters (+23,299)
9,779 deaths among cases (+39)
10,048 deaths due to COVID-19 (+30)
7,063 outbreaks (+14)

The latest hospital data show 1,282 beds in use by patients with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19, 40 fewer than Tuesday. Colorado’s seven-day average positivity rate was 6.30%. The state’s goal is to remain below 5%.

As of Wednesday, 4,153,102 people have received at least one dose of the vaccine in Colorado and 3,752,937 have been fully vaccinated.

Tuesday, December 14
4 p.m. | Colorado surpasses 10,000 deaths from COVID-19 on anniversary of vaccine’s arrival

Colorado surpassed 10,000 deaths due to COVID-19 on Monday, the same day the state marked the anniversary of the arrival of the first doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. Here’s the latest COVID-19 data from the state department of public health.

860,004 cases (+1,622)
49,025 hospitalized (+90)
64 counties (+0)
4,199,617 people tested (+4,198)
13,575,468 test encounters (+21,121)
9,740 deaths among cases (+70)
10,018 deaths due to COVID-19 (+64)
7,049 outbreaks (+16)

The latest hospital data showed 1,322 beds in use by patients with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19, 12 fewer than Monday. Colorado’s seven-day average positivity rate was 6.47%. The state’s goal is to remain below 5%.

As of Tuesday, 4,146,895 people have received at least one dose of the vaccine in Colorado, 3,746,383 people have been fully vaccinated.

12:42 p.m. | Colorado’s third omicron variant case detected in Jefferson County

Colorado health officials confirmed Tuesday a third omicron variant case has been detected in the state.

The patient is an adult woman from Jefferson County. She had recently traveled to Africa, did not have any symptoms, was fully vaccinated and had received a booster shot prior to her confirmed omicron infection. The woman is isolating.

CDPHE has been in contact with the patient’s contacts, all of whom have been tested. Officials say no additional transmission from this case has been detected at this point.

Health authorities are still learning about the omicron variant. At this time, it is believed the variant is more transmissible and CDPHE is encouraging all Coloradans who have traveled, been exposed to a known COVID-19 case, or are experiencing symptoms to get tested and isolate.

Officials say it is likely we will begin to see increased evidence of the omicron variant in Colorado.

Full story.

10:37 a.m. | Tuesday marks one year since first COVID-19 vaccines arrived in Colorado

Today marks one year since the first shipments of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Colorado. The vaccine is providing the health and safety we need and the arrival of vaccines one year ago marked a major milestone in the fight against the pandemic, the CDPHE said Tuesday morning.

As of now 76.2% of Coloradans 5 years old and up have been vaccinated with one dose of the COVID-19 vaccines. In total, 68.8% of residents are fully vaccinated and 43.5% of people fully vaccinated have received the booster shot.

Click here to find a vaccine provider near you.

Monday, December 13
9:38 p.m. | Latest coronavirus data

Here’s the latest COVID-19 data for Colorado. A reminder that today’s state data is an aggregate from the weekend as well as Monday’s.

858,382 cases (+4,298)
48,935 hospitalized (+318)
64 counties (+0)
4,195,419 people tested (+14,155)
13,554,347 test encounters (+125,527)
9,670 deaths among cases (+43)
9,954 deaths due to COVID-19 (+80)
7,033 outbreaks (+7)

The latest hospital data showed 1,334 beds in use by patients with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19, 42 fewer than Sunday. Colorado’s seven-day average positivity rate was 6.85%. The state’s goal is to remain below 5%.

As of Monday, 4,142,280 people have received at least one dose of the vaccine in Colorado, 3,739,632 people have been fully vaccinated.

11:25 a.m. | CDPHE to send text messages to those eligible for COVID-19 boosters who live near a community vaccination site

If you’re eligible for a COVID-19 booster shot but haven’t gotten it yet and live near a community vaccination site, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is going to be texting you this week to remind you about getting a third shot.

Over 380,000 Coloradans will be getting a text message from 45778, reminding those 18+ who live within a 5-10 mile radius that they live near one of the following community vaccination sites:

Arapahoe Community College (Lot B), 5900 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton CO, 80120
Aurora Municipal Center (drive-thru), 15151 E. Alameda Pkwy, Aurora, CO 80012
Chapel Hills Mall, 1710 Briargate Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80920
Citadel Mall (parking lot next to JCPenney), 680 Citadel Dr E., Colorado Springs CO, 80909
Douglas County Fairgrounds, 500 Fairgrounds Road, Castle Rock, CO
Jefferson Marketplace, 8194 S. Kipling Pkwy., Littleton, CO 80127
La Plata County Fairgrounds, 2500 Main Ave., Durango, CO 81301
Pueblo Mall, 3201 Dillon Drive, Pueblo, CO 81008
Weld County Clerk and Recorder Building, 1250 H St., Greeley, CO 80631
You’re eligible for a booster if you received the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines more than six months ago, or if you received the single-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine more than two months ago.

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