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Coronavirus in Colorado: COVID-19 updates for June 27-July 3, 2022

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Posted at 12:30 PM, Jun 27, 2022

More than 1,500,500 people in Colorado have tested positive for COVID-19 and more than 64,000 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:

Friday, July 1

4 p.m. | Latest coronavirus data

Here's the latest COVID-19 data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

1,538,051 cases (+2,247)
64,721 hospitalized (+25)
64 counties (+0)
4,991,714 people tested (+1,973)
18,948,803 test encounters (+15,334)
12,773 deaths among cases (+2)
13,187 deaths due to COVID-19 (+0)
9,269 outbreaks (+0)

The latest hospital data, which the state is now updating only on Wednesdays, shows 315 beds in use by patients with confirmed cases of COVID-19, 11 more than a week ago. Colorado’s seven-day average positivity rate was 12.15%. The state’s goal is to remain below 5%.

As of Friday, 4,517,077 people have received at least one dose of the vaccine in Colorado and 4,064,812 have been fully vaccinated.

12:34 p.m. | COVID-19 vaccine community clinics

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is hosting several vaccine clinics this Fourth of July weekend for those who may not be vaccinated or those who may require a booster, including kids under the age of 5.

Clinics this holiday weekend include:

Saturday, July 2

  • Children’s Hospital (4090 Briargate Pkwy, Colorado Springs, CO 80920)

10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Appointments can be scheduled here.

  • Denver Public Library - Valdez Perry Branch (4690 Vine St., Denver, CO 80216)

9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Appointments can be scheduled here.

  • Don's Market parking area (213 2nd St., Paonia, CO 81428)

8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Appointments can be scheduled here.

  • Glenwood Springs Mall (51027 Hwy 6 and 24, Glenwood Springs, CO 8160)

10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Appointments can be scheduled here.

  • Ivan’s Crib (15620 E. 6th Ave. Unit B, Aurora, CO 80011)

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Appointments can be scheduled here.

  • Pinon Project  (210 E. Main St., Cortez, CO 81321)

9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Appointments can be scheduled here.

Sunday, July 3

  • Children's Hospital - Anschutz Campus (1575 N. Wheeling St., Aurora, CO 80045)

Noon - 7 p.m. Appointments can be scheduled here.

  • Children’s Hospital (4090 Briargate Pkwy, Colorado Springs, CO 80920)

10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Appointments can be scheduled here.

  • Our Lady Mother of the Church (6690 E. 72nd Ave., Commerce City, CO 80022)

10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Appointments can be scheduled here.

  • Palisade Farmers Market (201 W. 3rd St., Palisade, CO 81526)

9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Appointments can be scheduled here.

  • Rockin on the River, The Powerhouse Science Center (1333 Camino Del Rio, Durango, CO 8130)

Noon - 7 p.m. Appointments can be scheduled here.

  • Walmart Supercenter parking lot (171 Yoder Ave., Avon, CO 81620)

10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Appointments can be scheduled here.

Thursday, June 30

4 p.m. | Latest coronavirus data

Here's the latest COVID-19 data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

1,535,804 cases (+2,603)
64,696 hospitalized (+67)
64 counties (+0)
4,989,741 people tested (+2,089)
18,933,469 test encounters (+23,979)
12,771 deaths among cases (+5)
13,187 deaths due to COVID-19 (+0)
9,269 outbreaks (+29)

The latest hospital data, which the state is now updating only on Wednesdays, shows 315 beds in use by patients with confirmed cases of COVID-19, 11 more than a week ago. Colorado’s seven-day average positivity rate was 11.60%. The state’s goal is to remain below 5%.

As of Thursday, 4,514,083 people have received at least one dose of the vaccine in Colorado and 4,064,211 have been fully vaccinated.

Wednesday, June 29

4:10 p.m. | DU to require COVID-19 boosters for faculty, students and staff starting fall semester

The University of Denver will require COVID-19 boosters for all faculty, students and staff "living, learning and working" in person on the DU campus beginning Sept. 1, DU officials said in a news release Wednesday.

"Beginning September 1, 2022, the University of Denver (DU) COVID-19 vaccination policy will require up-to-date vaccinations, as defined by the Centers for Diseases Control (CDC), for all faculty, students and staff living, learning or working in person on the DU campus. "We continue to believe that vaccination is a critical tool in preventing serious health consequences from COVID-19. Vaccination protects our community and preserves our ability to maintain a robust in-person experience—even when case rates increase."

DU officials ask that faculty, students and staff check to see if they're due for a COVID-19 vaccine by clicking here. Anyone not up-to-date on their vaccinations must submit proof they've received a booster no later than Sept. 1, university officials said.

Those wishing to get boosted can do so by appointment at the Health & Counseling Center (HCC) on campus. The center has both Pfizer and Moderna vaccinations available.

Anyone wishing to submit a COVID-19 exemption must do so by clicking here, even if they submitted an exception last year, officials said.

"We are hopeful that endemic conditions and relatively mild variants will allow us to continue in lower-risk alert levels and to operate with fewer COVID-19 protocols. Of course, should we experience more serious variants, or variants that impact our population or community more severely, we will revisit our protocols," DU officials said.

4 p.m. | Latest coronavirus data

Here's the latest COVID-19 data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

1,533,201 cases (+2,494)
64,629 hospitalized (+58)
64 counties (+0)
4,987,652 people tested (+1,841)
18,909,490 test encounters (+21,665)
12,766 deaths among cases (+13)
13,187 deaths due to COVID-19 (+5)
9,240 outbreaks (+13)

The latest hospital data, which the state is now updating only on Wednesdays, shows 315 beds in use by patients with confirmed cases of COVID-19, 11 more than a week ago. Colorado’s seven-day average positivity rate was 11.60%. The state’s goal is to remain below 5%.

As of Wednesday, 4,512,193 people have received at least one dose of the vaccine in Colorado and 4,063,660 have been fully vaccinated.

Tuesday, June 28

4 p.m. | Latest coronavirus data

Here's the latest COVID-19 data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

1,530,707 cases (+1,768)
64,571 hospitalized (+108)
64 counties (+0)
4,985,811 people tested (+1,536)
18,887,825 test encounters (+11,676)
12,753 deaths among cases (+8)
13,182 deaths due to COVID-19 (-169)
9,227 outbreaks (+10)

The latest hospital data, which the state is now updating only on Wednesdays, shows 304 beds in use by patients with confirmed cases of COVID-19, 19 fewer than a week ago. Colorado’s seven-day average positivity rate was 11.40%. The state’s goal is to remain below 5%.

As of Tuesday, 4,510,813 people have received at least one dose of the vaccine in Colorado and 4,063,170 have been fully vaccinated.

Monday, June 27

4 p.m. | Latest coronavirus data

Here's the latest COVID-19 data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. A reminder that today's state data is an aggregate from the weekend as well as Monday's.

1,528,939 cases (+6,424)
64,463 hospitalized (+29)
64 counties (+0)
4,984,275 people tested (+6,523)
18,876,149 test encounters (+60,061)
12,745 deaths among cases (+9)
13,349 deaths due to COVID-19 (+0)
9,227 outbreaks (+10)

The latest hospital data, which the state is now updating only on Wednesdays, shows 304 beds in use by patients with confirmed cases of COVID-19, 19 fewer than a week ago. Colorado’s seven-day average positivity rate was 11.13%. The state’s goal is to remain below 5%.

As of Monday, 4,508,869 people have received at least one dose of the vaccine in Colorado and 4,062,121 have been fully vaccinated.

11:30 a.m. | Colorado's COVID-19 infections highest since February 2022; hospital demand may have already peaked, latest COVID-19 Modeling Team report states

Though the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 is four times the April low, hospital demand may have already peaked and could continue on a downward trend over the next two months, according to the latest projections from the Colorado School of Public Health’s COVID-19 Modeling Team.

About 1 in every 42 to 55 Coloradans were estimated to be infectious with COVID-19 as of June 14, which translates to about 1% of the total state population, the latest modeling report states, but while the infection rate remains high, the modelers wrote, COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations “will decline over the next few weeks.”

The modelers do caution that “considerable uncertainties” remain about the characteristics of omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 – which studies suggest are better able to escape prior immunity from vaccination or infection. Across the world, the BA.5 variant (more so than BA.4) is leading to an increase in hospitalizations once again in places like Israel, France, the UK and now, the U.S., though the climb in hospitalizations here does not appear to be as steep as that of the original omicron variant.

The modelers wrote that while BA.4 and BA.5 will continue outpacing previous omicron variants — like BA.2.12.1, which made up 52% of all sequenced samples in the state as of June 5 — “there is no evidence of increased infection severity due to these variants.”

In its projections, the modeling team estimated hospitalizations for COVID-19 will decrease to less than 200 by August and continue on a downward trend into September.

“At present, our model does not project an additional wave of infections due to BA.4 and BA.5; however, this projection is sensitive to our current assumptions about the characteristics of these subvariants,” the modelers wrote in closing remarks.

The full modeling report can be viewed here.

Click here for the COVID-19 live blog for June 20-June 26, 2022.