COLORADO COVID-19: 65% of Colorado counties see drop in COVID-19; see the rates for your county here

DENVER (KDVR) – While more than 50% of the country has seen COVID-19 rates rise in the past 7 days, Colorado rates have continued to decline.

COVID-19 positivity rates and incidence rates have been declining over the past week.

On Monday, the state’s 7-day positivity rate was 6.85%, down from 8.62%. The positivity rate measures the number of positive tests for COVID compared to the total number of tests performed.

The highest positivity rate in the state over the past seven days is San Juan County with 16.7% positivity.

From December 6 to 13, 20 counties saw an increase in COVID-19 positivity, 40 saw a decrease in COVID-19 positivity, and two counties administered less than 10 tests in the past week.

According to Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, incidence rates have declined over the past seven days.

CDPHE, 12/13/2021

Here is an overview of positivity rate for each county in the last seven days:

1 week positivity rate:

  • Adams: 8.5% (down from the previous week)
  • Alamosa: 6.3% (down from the previous week)
  • Arapahoe: 7.5% (down from the previous week)
  • Archuleta: 5.9% (down from the previous week)
  • Baca: 2.1% (down from the previous week)
  • Curved: 3.4% (up from the previous week)
  • Block: 4.7% (down from the previous week)
  • Broomfield: 6.1% (down from the previous week)
  • Chaffee: 4.3% (up from the previous week)
  • Cheyenne: 1.0% (up from the previous week)
  • Clear Creek: 3.3% (down from the previous week)
  • Conejos: 6.5% (up from the previous week)
  • Costilla: 3.9% (down from the previous week)
  • Crowley: 2% (down from the previous week)
  • Custer: 7.5% (down from the previous week)
  • Delta: 6.6% (down from the previous week)
  • Denver: 5.7% (down from the previous week)
  • Dolores: 5.6% (down from the previous week)
  • Douglas: 7.9% (down from the previous week)
  • Aigle: 7.2% (down from the previous week)
  • Elbert: 9.4% (down from the previous week)
  • El Paso: 8.7% (down from the previous week)
  • Fremont: 4.2% (down from the previous week)
  • Garfield: 9.3% (down from the previous week)
  • Gilpin: 6.8% (down from the previous week)
  • Large: 8% (down from the previous week)
  • Gunnison: 4.5% (down from the previous week)
  • Hinsdale: less than 10 tests last week
  • Huerfano: 4.5% (up from the previous week)
  • Jackson: 3.4% (down from the previous week)
  • Jefferson: 7.2% (down from the previous week)
  • Kiowa: 3.3% (up from the previous week)
  • Kit Carson: 8.3% (up from the previous week)
  • Lake: 11% (down from the previous week)
  • La Plata: 6.7% (up from the previous week)
  • Larimer: 6.5% (down from the previous week)
  • Las Animas: 5.5% (down from the previous week)
  • Lincoln: 7.1% (up from the previous week)
  • Logan: 4% (down from the previous week)
  • Mesa: 6.5% (down from the previous week)
  • Mineral: Less than 10 tests last week
  • Moffat: 8.5% (up from the previous week)
  • Montezuma: 11.7% (up from the previous week)
  • Montrose: 6.8% (down from the previous week)
  • Morgan: 9.1% (down from the previous week)
  • Otero: 3.3% (down from the previous week)
  • Ouray: 12.1% (up from the previous week)
  • Fleet: 12.5% ​​(down compared to the previous week)
  • Phillips: 10.3% (up from the previous week)
  • Pitkin: 4.9% (up from the previous week)
  • Prowers: 4.6% (down from the previous week)
  • Pueblo: 4.7% (down from the previous week)
  • Rio Blanco: 4.8% (down from the previous week)
  • Rio Grande: 3.3% (down from the previous week)
  • Routt: 3.5% (down from the previous week)
  • Saguache: 13.6% (up from the previous week)
  • San Juan: 16.7% (up from the previous week)
  • San Miguel: 5.9% (up from the previous week)
  • Sedgwick: 1.7% (up from the previous week)
  • High: 4.5% (up from the previous week)
  • Cashier: 5.7% (down from the previous week)
  • Washington: 4.5% (down from the previous week)
  • Solder: 8.3% (down from the previous week)
  • Yuma: 15.6% (up from the previous week)

What is the percentage of positivity?

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

  • What is the current level of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 (coronavirus) in the community?
  • Are we doing enough tests for the number of people infected?

The percentage of positives will be high if the number of positive tests is too high, or the total number of tests is too low. A higher percentage of positives suggests higher transmission and that there are likely more people with coronavirus in the community who have yet to be tested, Johns Hopkins explained.


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