DENVER (KDVR) — COVID-19 rates continue to steadily increase in Colorado over the last month. Last week, Colorado’s COVID-19 incident commander, Scott Bookman said the coronavirus is here to stay.

“This virus is here to stay, there is no doubt about that,” Bookman said. Humans have learned how to live with the influenza virus and we’re going to do the same with the coronavirus, he said.

As of Monday, the state’s seven-day positivity rate was 9.25%, which is up from 8.61% one week ago. Positivity rate measures the amount of COVID positive tests to the total amount of tests taken.

Overall, 35 counties saw an increase in COVID-19 positivity, 21 counties saw a decrease, two counties stayed the same, and six counties administered fewer than 10 tests.

According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, incidence rates are up over the last week.

CDPHE 5/24/22

Here’s a look at positivity rates for every county over the last seven days:

  • Adams: 9.6% (up)
  • Alamosa: 3.4% (down)
  • Arapahoe: 9.8% (up)
  • Archuleta: 13.3% (up)
  • Baca: 0.0% (same)
  • Bent: 0.8% (down)
  • Boulder: 11.3% (up)
  • Broomfield: 11.4% (down)
  • Chaffee: 7.8% (down)
  • Cheyenne: 0.0% (down)
  • Clear Creek: 12.7% (up)
  • Conejos: 4.9% (up)
  • Costilla: 20% (up)
  • Crowley: 1.8% (up)
  • Custer: 13.9% (up)
  • Delta: 2.9% (down)
  • Denver: 8.8% (down)
  • Dolores: Fewer than 10 tests over last week
  • Douglas: 11.6% (up)
  • Eagle: 7.8% (down)
  • El Paso: 9.7% (up)
  • Elbert: 6.3% (down)
  • Fremont: 4% (up)
  • Garfield: 7.5% (up)
  • Gilpin: 4.3% (down)
  • Grand: 0.0% (down)
  • Gunnison: 13% (up)
  • Hinsdale: Fewer than 10 tests over last week
  • Huerfano: 0.9% (down)
  • Jackson: Fewer than 10 tests over last week
  • Jefferson: 10.4% (down)
  • Kiowa: Fewer than 10 tests over last week
  • Kit Carson: 0.0% (down)
  • La Plata: 7.9% (up)
  • Lake: 8% (down)
  • Larimer: 10.6% (up)
  • Las Animas: 1.8% (down)
  • Lincoln: 6.4% (up)
  • Logan: 3.1% (up)
  • Mesa: 4.7% (up)
  • Mineral: Fewer than 10 tests over last week
  • Moffat: 12% (up)
  • Montezuma: 7.5% (up)
  • Montrose: 6.4% (up)
  • Morgan: 2.9% (up)
  • Otero: 2.1% (up)
  • Ouray: 18.5% (up)
  • Park: 8.7% (down)
  • Phillips: 3.4% (up)
  • Pitkin: 4.9% (down)
  • Prowers: 0.7% (up)
  • Pueblo: 5.3% (up)
  • Rio Blanco: 7.7% (up)
  • Rio Grande: 4% (up)
  • Routt: 11.1% (down)
  • Saguache: 8.3% (up)
  • San Juan: Fewer than 10 tests over last week
  • San Miguel: 13.4% (up)
  • Sedgwick: 0.0% (same)
  • Summit: 14.2% (down)
  • Teller: 9.6% (up)
  • Washington: 1.9% (down)
  • Weld: 10.9% (up)
  • Yuma: 4.3% (up)

Significant spread of COVID-19 in Boulder County

What is the positivity percent?

According to Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the percent positive is exactly what it sounds like: the percentage of all coronavirus tests performed that are actually positive, or: (positive tests)/(total tests) x 100%. The percent positive (sometimes called the “percent positive rate” or “positivity rate”) helps public health officials answer questions such as:

  • What is the current level of SARS-CoV-2 (coronavirus) transmission in the community?
  • Are we doing enough testing for the amount of people who are getting infected?

The percent positive will be high if the number of positive tests is too high, or if the number of total tests is too low. A higher percent positive suggests higher transmission and that there are likely more people with coronavirus in the community who haven’t been tested yet, Johns Hopkins shared.