DENVER, CO — Denver has seen a recent spike in coronavirus cases and the city is at risk of increased restrictions, Mayor Michael Hancock and one of the city's top public health officials said in a news conference Monday.
More than 1,000 new cases have been reported in the city over the past week, according to the latest public health data.
Robert McDonald, the executive director of the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment, said the city's case count is at its highest level since May during the peak of the initial surge.
If case numbers continue to grow, restaurants could face reduced capacities and an earlier last call for alcohol sales. Non-critical manufacturing businesses, offices and shops could also face reduced capacities.
McDonald also warned of what health officials dubbed a 'twindemic' — when both flu and coronavirus cases peak at the same time and overwhelm hospitals. Everyone is urged to get their flu vaccine as soon as possible, he said.
The state’s COVID-19 Dial shows Denver is at the Safer at Home, Level 2: Concern; however the city is at risk of moving to a more restrictive Safer Level 3.
Public health officials reminded residents of prohibited activities:
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 home for non-essential activities if under quarantine.
McDonald said he realizes people may be fatigued by the pandemic and its restrictions, but he said there are still activities that are allowed.
"There are still many things people can do and still remain safe including: playing tennis or other sports where you can physically distance, having virtual game nights, going out to a restaurant in small groups, attending approved campus activities, and biking, walking or hiking," the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment said in a news release.