Heather Willard / NewsBreak Denver
(Douglas County, Colo.) On June 14, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed Douglas and Denver counties among 14 in Colorado with high community transmission rates for COVID-19 as hospitalization levels return to March’s levels.
The rate refers to counties with at least 200 cases reported for every 100,000 individuals in the last seven days, in addition to reporting at least 10% of hospital beds in use for COVID patients or at least 10 hospitalizations per 100,000 people in the last week. Douglas County has almost 316 cases per 100,000 people and an average of 11.3 people per 100,000 hospitalized due to the virus, according to the CDC.
Nearby Arapahoe, Adams, Broomfield, Boulder and Jefferson counties also have high transmission rates, according to the CDC. Douglas County’s hospitals admitted 45 new patients with COVID-19 in the week ending on June 13 — a 22.7% rise in new admissions from the previous week.
Similarly, Denver County reported a 29.6% growth in hospitalized patients with COVID.
Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment’s data shows Douglas County has 1,108 reported cases of COVID-19, an increase of 28.1% for the week ending June 14 from the previous week. Testing data is also reflecting higher positive rates, with 0.83% more tests returning with positive results. More people — almost 21% more — were tested during June 1-8 than the preceding week, according to the CDC.
Denver County’s positive COVID case rate grew 19.7% for the week ending June 13. Positive test results climbed, too (10.7%), and hospital admissions of patients with confirmed COVID-19 rose by 29.6% in the week ending on June 12 — part of steady growth of hospitalizations over the past eight weeks.
No mask mandates are in place by the Denver or Douglas county health departments, nor the state health department. However, the CDC recommends you wear a mask indoors in public spaces, stay up-to-date on COVID vaccinations, and get tested if symptoms present.
The state is closing some testing sites across the state by the end of June as part of the governor’s Roadmap to Moving Forward plan, but none are in Douglas County.
Closing testing sites continues a gradual transition in normalizing COVID-19 testing in traditional healthcare settings and through federal programs, according to a CDPHE press release.
The remaining state-run sites have the capacity of 8,000 tests a day, with the ability to scale up to roughly 17,000 tests per day in a surge. CDPHE’s testing vendors can increase staff and capacity with a seven to 14-day lead time.