Most of Denver metro moves to medium COVID risk level on CDC dashboard
Much of the Front Range went 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 went from low to medium, meaning they have at least 200 new cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people. 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, such as prisons, drug treatment centers and homeless shelters, in mid- to high-level counties .
Masks will also be required at 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.
“While we never want to see additional cases in our community, this change was not unexpected, as more contagious variants such as the BA.2.12.1 variant have spread across the country, state and our county,” said Dr. Sarah Rowan, physician. Jefferson County Public Health Director, said in a news release. “We hope that by the end of June we will start to see cases coming back in the right direction.”
Denver announced on May 13 that its case count would put it at the average level, but that change wasn’t reflected on the CDC’s website until Friday.
The CDC and other public health agencies recommend that people living in areas of increasing spread make sure they are up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccines, get tested if they feel sick, and consider to wear masks in indoor public spaces.
New COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and the rate of positive tests have increased in Colorado in recent weeks, with public health officials expecting the latest surge to peak in June.