How Falls in the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO area compare to other major metros

The U.S. reported over 60,000 new cases of coronavirus on April 22, bringing the total to more than 31,400,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been more than 563,000 COVID-19-related deaths – the highest death toll in any country.

New cases are steadily increasing. For the past week, there have been an average of 20.6 daily cases of new coronavirus per 100,000 Americans – essentially unchanged from the previous week when an average of 21.4 daily cases of new coronavirus per 100,000 people.

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While new data shows that the risk of developing COVID-19 is high in almost all parts of the country, cities continue to be the scene of major outbreaks and super-spreading events. Experts agree that the virus is more likely to spread in groups where large numbers of people routinely have close contact with one another, e.g. B. in colleges, nursing homes, bars and restaurants. Metropolitan areas with a high degree of connectivity between different parts of the city and large populations are particularly at risk.


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In the 50 largest metropolitan areas, the incidence of COVID-19 increased by an average of 22.4 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants per day in the past week – 11.8% more than in all counties outside the metropolitan areas.

The Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO subway area consists of Denver County, Arapahoe County, Jefferson County, and seven other counties. As of April 22, there were 8,828.8 confirmed cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 Denver residents, 9.4% less than the national rate. For comparison, the US has so far reported 9,745.0 cases per 100,000 Americans nationwide.

The incidence of coronavirus cases depends on a variety of factors and can even vary between neighboring counties. The Denver-Aurora-Lakewood metropolitan area has the highest incidence of COVID-19 cases in Adams County. As of April 22, there were 10,775.7 cases per 100,000 people in Adams County, the largest portion of a county in Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, and far more than the lowest incidence county. Gilpin County had 3,556.0 cases per 100,000 people – the lowest of all Denver-Aurora-Lakewood counties.

To slow the spread of COVID-19, city and district governments have ordered the closure of thousands of customer-facing businesses. These measures have resulted in widespread job losses and record unemployment. In the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood metropolitan area, unemployment peaked at 12.3% in April 2020. In January 2021, the unemployment rate in the metropolitan area was 6.7%.

To determine how the incidence of COVID-19 in the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO area compares to the rest of the country, Wall Street compiled and reviewed data from state and local health departments around the clock. We ranked the metropolitan areas based on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents. To estimate the incidence of COVID-19 at the metropolitan level, we have aggregated data at the county level using limit definitions from the US Census Bureau. The population data used to adjust the case and death totals are from the US Census Bureau’s 2019 American Community Survey and are estimates for five years. Unemployment data are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and are seasonally adjusted.

These are all of the counties in Colorado where COVID-19 is slowing down (and where it’s still getting worse).

FIPS MSA population Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of April 22nd Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of April 22nd per 100,000 population Cumulative COVID-19 deaths as of April 22nd Cumulative COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 population as of April 22nd
14500 Boulder, CO 322.510 22.128 6,861.2 227 70.4
22660 Fort Collins, CO 344.786 24,409 7,079.5 231 67.0
17820 Colorado Springs, CO 723,498 62,706 8,667.1 791 109.3
19740 Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 2,892,066 255.336 8,828.8 3.226 111.5
24300 Grand Junction, CO 151.218 14,017 9,269.4 210 138.9
24540 Greeley, CO 305.345 29,344 9,610.1 331 108.4
39380 Pueblo, CO 165.982 16,921 10,194.5 366 220.5

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