‘More cases than we’ve had since the pandemic began’; COVID-19 cases on the rise in Denver, stricter orders possible

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DENVER (KDVR) — Mayor Michael Hancock says COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Denver and Denver County and the 7-day average for cases are as high as they were at the height of the pandemic in May.

The current positivity rate is between 4 and 4.5 percent and has risen steadily the last several weeks. Anything over 5% could mean dialing back capacities and enforcing stricter safer at home orders.

Mayor Hancock said there has been a 37% increase in hospitalizations over the last week.

“If our numbers keep going in the direction they’re going, we could be forced to go back to a Level 3, which would mean business capacities, restaurant capacities, event spaces will get cut in half.” shared Mayor Hancock during Monday’s news conference.

Denver Department of Public Health & Environment Robert McDonald warned the community of a continued increase in COVID-19 case numbers that put the city in jeopardy of losing hard-earned gains against the virus.

McDonald shared that the city’s case count is at its highest level since May during the peak of the initial surge. Both he and the Mayor reiterated that this trend could mean new restrictions for Denver residents, including: reduced capacities for restaurants and earlier last call for alcohol sales, reduced capacities for non-critical manufacturing, offices, and retailers, and stricter face covering orders for indoor and outdoor settings.

“It could mean more job losses in our economy. It could mean schools will have to go back to full-remote learning.”

“Wear a mask and avoid gathering in large groups. We need people to stay home as much as possible.” shared Mayor Hancock.

Denver Department of Public Health & Environment Robert McDonald today warned the community of a continued increase in COVID-19 case numbers that put the city in jeopardy of losing hard-earned gains against the virus.

On the list of prohibited activities under current health orders: attending a party at any location with more than 10 people, going out to eat or gathering with too many people from different households, and leaving your residence for non-essential activities if under quarantine.

Mayor Hancock encouraged the public to get a flu shot to help prevent a “Twindemic”. He said he will be getting a flu shot at Walgreens on Monday.

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