"What we are doing isn't working. This could force us into another Stay at Home order," wrote the City of Denver in a Monday tweet. The tweet also included the warning that "Denver's #COVID19 situation is looking bad. Really bad."
According to Denver Public Health, the 2-week cumulative rate of COVID-19 has spiked to a point that's much higher than it has been before. While this number hit a high of around 225 incidents per 100,000 residents around the start of May, it has spiked to nearly 400 incidents per 100,000 residents in recent days.
As a result of this spike, Mayor Hancock announced on Tuesday that 'Safer at Home Level 3' restrictions will be put in place, with the transition to be complete by Wednesday afternoon.
According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, this is enacted in a 'high risk' situation and includes the following restrictions:
- P-12 Schools: Remote or hybrid suggested, limited in-person as appropriate
- Higher Education: Remote or hybrid suggested, limited in-person as appropriate
- Restaurants: 25 percent capacity or 50 people 6 feet between parties outdoors, per local zoning
- Places of Worship: 25 percent capacity or 50 people 6 feet between parties outdoors, per local zoning
- Offices: 25 percent capacity
- Bars: Closed
- Gyms/Fitness: Virtual or outdoors in groups less than 10
- Group Sports: Virtual or outdoors in groups less than 10
- Retail: 25 percent capacity
- Personal Services: 25 percent capacity or 25 people
- Indoor Events: 25 person cap
- Outdoor Events: 75 person cap
- Senior Facilities: Closed except for compassionate visitation
- Outdoor recreation: 25 percent capacity or 10 people
It is unclear if any exceptions to these rules may be put in place.
In order to return to 'Level 2' status, the City of Denver has stated that average daily cases, positivity, and hospitalizations must be reduced with numbers holding for two weeks.
'We could be here for awhile,' wrote the City of Denver.
To get back to Safer at Home Level 2, we MUST reduce our average daily cases, positivity, and hospitalization rate back to the levels allowable for it, and then hold at those reduced numbers for two weeks. So, we could be here for a little while.— City and County of Denver (@CityofDenver) October 27, 2020
The map below shows where COVID-19 cases are elevated in the Denver area.
The chart below shows some of the data related to COVID-19 hospitalizations in Denver.
See more information about the current status of COVID-19 in Denver here.
Statewide, the reported number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has spiked in recent weeks, climbing to an all-time daily high on October 15 when 1,267 new cases were reported. While hospitalizations have also increased during the same period, deaths have yet to see the same rapid spike. Whether or not this rapid increase in cases and hospitalizations will contribute to an uptick of deaths is something that continues to be closely monitored.
See the statewide data here.