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Coronavirus in Colorado: COVID-19 updates for May 23-May 29, 2022

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Posted at 4:30 PM, May 23, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-27 19:29:55-04

More than 1,400,500 people in Colorado have tested positive for COVID-19 and more than 62,600 have been hospitalized as of Monday, 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, May 27

4 p.m. | Latest coronavirus data

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

1,441,472 cases (+2,567)
62,847 hospitalized (+30)
64 counties (+0)
4,919,059 people tested (+2,481)
18,281,307 test encounters (+18,260)
12,547 deaths among cases (+34)
13,326 deaths due to COVID-19 (+2)
8,927 outbreaks (+23)

The latest hospital data, which the state is now updating only on Wednesdays, shows 163 beds in use by patients with confirmed cases of COVID-19, 19 more than a week ago. Colorado’s seven-day average positivity rate was 10.33%. The state’s goal is to remain below 5%.

As of Friday, 4,484,135 people have received at least one dose of the vaccine in Colorado and 4,049,118 have been fully vaccinated.

11:51 a.m. | Boulder County moves to high community level for COVID-19

Boulder County has moved to high COVID-19 levels in the community, according to CDC metrics. This indicates that COVID-19 cases are high and the strain on hospitals and healthcare facilities is rising.

The county reported that according to the CDC:

  • The case rate in Boulder County is 318.5 per 100,000 people
  • New COVID-19 hospital admissions are at 10.6 per 100,000 people
  • Staffed inpatient beds in use by COVID-positive individuals are at 1.9%

Jackson County is also in high community levels.

Thursday, May 26

4 p.m. | Latest coronavirus data

Here's the latest COVID-19 data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. More than 10,300 backlogged cases were added to the state's case count.

1,438,905 cases (+12,607)
62,817 hospitalized (+66)
64 counties (+0)
4,916,578 people tested (+7,857)
18,263,047 test encounters (+450,052)
12,513 deaths among cases (-3)
13,324 deaths due to COVID-19 (+16)
8,904 outbreaks (+26)

The latest hospital data, which the state is now updating only on Wednesdays, shows 163 beds in use by patients with confirmed cases of COVID-19, 19 more than a week ago. Colorado’s seven-day average positivity rate was 9.51%. The state’s goal is to remain below 5%.

As of Thursday, 4,483,491 people have received at least one dose of the vaccine in Colorado and 4,048,355 have been fully vaccinated.

Wednesday, May 25

4 p.m. | Latest coronavirus data

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

1,426,298 cases (+1,948)
62,751 hospitalized (+32)
64 counties (+0)
4,908,751 people tested (+1,855)
17,812,995 test encounters (+19,205)
12,516 deaths among cases (-5)
13,308 deaths due to COVID-19 (+4)
8,878 outbreaks (+33)

The latest hospital data, which the state is now updating only on Wednesdays, shows 163 beds in use by patients with confirmed cases of COVID-19, 19 more than a week ago. Colorado’s seven-day average positivity rate was 9.20%. The state’s goal is to remain below 5%.

As of Wednesday, 4,482,753 people have received at least one dose of the vaccine in Colorado and 4,047,646 have been fully vaccinated.

2 p.m. | CDPHE to send text reminders to Coloradans 50+ about getting a fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine

Starting tomorrow, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environtment (CDPHE) will send text message and email reminders to more than 650,000 Coloradans aged 50 and older whose records in the Colorado Immunization Information System indicate they are due for a fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

This is in response to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated guidance and strengthened its recommendation for fourth doses, calling on all adults 50 years and older to consider getting a fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

All Coloradans who want to ensure they are keeping up with their recommended doses can use the CDPHE’s COVID-19 vaccine follow-up calculator to help them determine their number of recommended doses. COVID-19 vaccines and follow-up doses are available at more than 2,000 COVID-19 vaccine providers in Colorado. All follow-up doses are free.

The text messages will originate from 45778 and read: State public health records show you are due for a fourth dose of COVID vaccine. Keeping up with your vaccines protects you from severe outcomes. Contact a vaccine provider today to make an appt. More info:  https://covid19.colorado.gov/vaccinefinder. Learn more about COVID treatments at https://covid19.colorado.gov/treatments. Opt Out= STOP

Emails will come from cdphe.vaccine.registry@state.co.us and read:

Subject line: Get a Fourth Dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine for Highest Level of Protection

Hello,

State public health records show you are due for a fourth (second booster) dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Keeping up with your COVID vaccines protects you from severe illness that could lead to hospitalization or death. Protect yourself and your loved ones by contacting your health care provider, local public health agency, or local retail pharmacy and making a vaccine appointment today. Or visit our website to find out where you can get vaccinated.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you may be able to get treatment to help you recover. Learn more about treatments.

If you have already received your fourth dose, let us know! We are standing by to update your vaccination record in the Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS). Email us and attach a copy of your immunization record to: vaccine.registry@state.co.us.

Be sure to also include the following information:

First, middle, and last name (include previous last names)

Date of birth

Phone number

Regular email is not a secure method of communication. If you email us your information, type the word “ENCRYPT” in the subject line. Adding this word to the header line ensures that your personal information is transmitted securely.

An Immunization staff member will update your vaccine record in CIIS, and notify you by email.

CIIS is a lifelong immunization record tracking system under the Colorado Immunization Registry Act of 2007. Your participation is voluntary.

Thank you,

Tuesday, May 24

4 p.m. | Latest coronavirus data

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

1,424,350 cases (+1,760)
62,719 hospitalized (+70)
64 counties (+0)
4,906,896 people tested (+1,787)
17,793,790 test encounters (+13,386)
12,521 deaths among cases (+8)
13,304 deaths due to COVID-19 (+2)
8,845 outbreaks (+9)

The latest hospital data, which the state is now updating only on Wednesdays, shows 144 beds in use by patients with confirmed cases of COVID-19, 28 more than a week ago. Colorado’s seven-day average positivity rate was 9.32%. The state’s goal is to remain below 5%.

As of Tuesday, 4,481,868 people have received at least one dose of the vaccine in Colorado and 4,046,941 have been fully vaccinated.

Monday, May 23

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.

1,422,590 cases (+3,689)
62,649 hospitalized (+14)
64 counties (+0)
4,905,109 people tested (+5,256)
17,780,404 test encounters (+49,300)
12,513 deaths among cases (-6)
13,302 deaths due to COVID-19 (+4)
8,836 outbreaks (+16)

The latest hospital data, which the state is now updating only on Wednesdays, shows 144 beds in use by patients with confirmed cases of COVID-19, 28 more than a week ago. Colorado’s seven-day average positivity rate was 9.25%. The state’s goal is to remain below 5%.

As of Monday, 4,481,492 people have received at least one dose of the vaccine in Colorado and 4,046,559 have been fully vaccinated.

3:53 p.m. | Most of metro Denver moves to medium COVID risk level on CDC dashboard

Much of the Front Range moved from “low” to “medium” risk when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its COVID-19 community levels dashboard Friday.

Denver, Arapahoe, Douglas, Jefferson, Broomfield and Larimer counties switched from low to medium, meaning they have at least 200 new COVID-19 cases for every 100,000 residents. Boulder and Mineral counties were already at the medium level, and the rest of the state was considered low risk.

An order from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment requires masks in congregate settings, like jails, addiction treatment centers and homeless shelters, in counties at the medium or high level.

Masks also will be required in medical facilities in more than half of the state. The current public health order mandates them in counties with “high” or “substantial” transmission on a separate CDC ranking that emphasizes case counts. As of Friday, 43 of Colorado’s 64 counties fell into one of those categories.

Read the rest from our partners at The Denver Post.

Click here for the COVID-19 live blog for May 16-May 22, 2022.