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A bird's-eye view of Montbello, which has seen 84 hospitalizations ascribed to COVID-19.
A bird's-eye view of Montbello, which has seen 84 hospitalizations ascribed to COVID-19.
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COVID-19: Denver Neighborhoods With the Most Hospitalizations

Owing to the ongoing protests in downtown Denver over the death of George Floyd, COVID-19 is no longer the overwhelming focus of news coverage. But the ravages of the novel coronavirus continue to be felt across Colorado — and the effects are still being felt in Denver neighborhoods, two of which have each seen more than eighty hospitalizations over the course of the crisis.

The information comes from the Denver COVID-19 data summary page, maintained by the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment. According to the latest statistics there, updated June 7, the number of people who've died from the virus in the Mile High City has reached 288, with the overall case count hitting 6,003.

Compare those figures to those for the state as a whole, shared in the June 7 update from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment:

28,001 cases
4,485 hospitalized
60 counties
214,940 people tested
1,527 deaths among cases
1,274 deaths due to COVID-19
299 outbreaks

Further details about hospitalizations statewide can be found at this CDPHE address. The agency reveals that 204 patients are currently hospitalized in Colorado with COVID-19. That's the lowest number since March 25, when the total was 152. (A day later, on March 26, it hit 230.) Nineteen patients had been discharged in the 24 hours before the latest count.

Also included in the CDPHE stats are hospitalizations of so-called "patients under investigation," or PUIs. On June 7, those designated as PUIs stood at 91, as compared to 268 on March 25.

According to a neighborhood-by-neighborhood breakdown of hospitalizations, more than thirty Denver neighborhoods have a cumulative hospitalization rate per 1,000 of zero (short-handed as < 5).

Neighborhoods with a hospitalization rate above zero begin with Hampden South, which registers at 0.34 per 1,000 residents, owing to six hospitalizations, and end with Valverde, whose rate of 3.72 per 1,000 translates to sixteen hospitalizations. While Gateway/Green Valley Ranch and Montbello have lower hospitalization rates than Valverde, they've seen many more hospitalizations: 88 and 84, respectively.

Note that many of the neighborhoods with high hospitalization rates are home to one or more senior centers, where COVID-19 has led to especially terrible outcomes in many instances. Another reminder: Colorado Governor Jared Polis and other officials acknowledge that communities of color have been disproportionately harmed by the virus.

Since the data is historical, it provides a greater understanding of the virus's impact on Denver to date. Here's the latest, ranked from lowest to highest hospitalization rates.

A map of Denver hospitalizations because of COVID-19 accessed on June 7, 2020.
A map of Denver hospitalizations because of COVID-19 accessed on June 7, 2020.

Baker
Total Hospitalizations < 5
Hospitalization Rate 0.00

Belcaro
Total Hospitalizations < 5
Hospitalization Rate 0.00

Central Business District (CBD)
Total Hospitalizations < 5
Hospitalization Rate 0.00

Chaffee Park
Total Hospitalizations < 5
Hospitalization Rate 0.00

Cheesman Park
Total Hospitalizations < 5
Hospitalization Rate 0.00

Cherry Creek
Total Hospitalizations < 5
Hospitalization Rate 0.00

City Park
Total Hospitalizations < 5
Hospitalization Rate 0.00

Civic Center
Total Hospitalizations < 5
Hospitalization Rate 0.00

Cole
Total Hospitalizations < 5
Hospitalization Rate 0.00

Congress Park
Total Hospitalizations < 5
Hospitalization Rate 0.00

Cory-Merrill
Total Hospitalizations < 5
Hospitalization Rate 0.00

Country Club
Total Hospitalizations < 5
Hospitalization Rate 0.00

DIA
Total Hospitalizations < 5
Hospitalization Rate 0.00

Highland
Total Hospitalizations < 5
Hospitalization Rate 0.00

Indian Creek
Total Hospitalizations < 5
Hospitalization Rate 0.00

Kennedy
Total Hospitalizations < 5
Hospitalization Rate 0.00

Marston
Total Hospitalizations < 5
Hospitalization Rate 0.00

Montclair
Total Hospitalizations < 5
Hospitalization Rate 0.00

Overland
Total Hospitalizations < 5
Hospitalization Rate 0.00

Platt Park
Total Hospitalizations < 5
Hospitalization Rate 0.00

Regis
Total Hospitalizations < 5
Hospitalization Rate 0.00

Rosedale
Total Hospitalizations < 5
Hospitalization Rate 0.00

Southmoor Park
Total Hospitalizations < 5
Hospitalization Rate 0.00

Speer
Total Hospitalizations < 5
Hospitalization Rate 0.00

Sun Valley
Total Hospitalizations < 5
Hospitalization Rate 0.00

Union Station
Total Hospitalizations < 5
Hospitalization Rate 0.00

University
Total Hospitalizations < 5
Hospitalization Rate 0.00

University Hills
Total Hospitalizations < 5
Hospitalization Rate 0.00

University Park
Total Hospitalizations < 5
Hospitalization Rate 0.00

Washington Park
Total Hospitalizations < 5
Hospitalization Rate 0.00

Washington Park West
Total Hospitalizations < 5
Hospitalization Rate 0.00

Wellshire
Total Hospitalizations < 5
Hospitalization Rate 0.00

West Highland
Total Hospitalizations < 5
Hospitalization Rate 0.00

Hampden South
Total Hospitalizations 6
Hospitalization Rate 0.34

Stapleton
Total Hospitalizations 11
Hospitalization Rate 0.41

Virginia Village
Total Hospitalizations 6
Hospitalization Rate 0.41

Capitol Hill
Total Hospitalizations 8
Hospitalization Rate 0.48

Five Points
Total Hospitalizations 11
Hospitalization Rate 0.53

Lowry Field
Total Hospitalizations 5
Hospitalization Rate 0.56

Fort Logan
Total Hospitalizations 6
Hospitalization Rate 0.64

Hale
Total Hospitalizations 6
Hospitalization Rate 0.71

Sloan Lake
Total Hospitalizations 6
Hospitalization Rate 0.72

Berkeley
Total Hospitalizations 7
Hospitalization Rate 0.75

Hilltop
Total Hospitalizations 8
Hospitalization Rate 0.79

Bear Valley
Total Hospitalizations 8
Hospitalization Rate 0.81

Sunnyside
Total Hospitalizations 10
Hospitalization Rate 0.91

South Park Hill
Total Hospitalizations 9
Hospitalization Rate 0.94

Mar Lee
Total Hospitalizations 13
Hospitalization Rate 0.95

Jefferson Park
Total Hospitalizations 6
Hospitalization Rate 0.97

North Capitol Hill
Total Hospitalizations 8
Hospitalization Rate 1.01

City Park West
Total Hospitalizations 6
Hospitalization Rate 1.04

Washington Virginia Vale
Total Hospitalizations 16
Hospitalization Rate 1.09

Harvey Park South
Total Hospitalizations 10
Hospitalization Rate 1.10

Lincoln Park
Total Hospitalizations 8
Hospitalization Rate 1.11

Clayton
Total Hospitalizations 6
Hospitalization Rate 1.19

Goldsmith
Total Hospitalizations 8
Hospitalization Rate 1.21

Hampden
Total Hospitalizations 26
Hospitalization Rate 1.28

Harvey Park
Total Hospitalizations 16
Hospitalization Rate 1.28

West Colfax
Total Hospitalizations 18
Hospitalization Rate 1.28

Windsor
Total Hospitalizations 19
Hospitalization Rate 1.32

Villa Park
Total Hospitalizations 13
Hospitalization Rate 1.35

North Park Hill
Total Hospitalizations 14
Hospitalization Rate 1.36

Athmar Park
Total Hospitalizations 14
Hospitalization Rate 1.43

East Colfax
Total Hospitalizations 17
Hospitalization Rate 1.50

Barnum
Total Hospitalizations 11
Hospitalization Rate 1.63

Skyland
Total Hospitalizations 6
Hospitalization Rate 1.68

Ruby Hill
Total Hospitalizations 19
Hospitalization Rate 1.72

Northeast Park Hill
Total Hospitalizations 17
Hospitalization Rate 1.80

Globeville
Total Hospitalizations 8
Hospitalization Rate 1.84

Barnum West
Total Hospitalizations 12
Hospitalization Rate 2.02

Whittier
Total Hospitalizations 11
Hospitalization Rate 2.04

Gateway/Green Valley Ranch
Total Hospitalizations 88
Hospitalization Rate 2.09

Westwood
Total Hospitalizations 38
Hospitalization Rate 2.10

College View/South Platte
Total Hospitalizations 17
Hospitalization Rate 2.30

Elyria Swansea
Total Hospitalizations 16
Hospitalization Rate 2.31

Montbello
Total Hospitalizations 84
Hospitalization Rate 2.47

Valverde
Total Hospitalizations 16
Hospitalization Rate 3.72

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