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A look at one portion of Northeast Park Hill.
A look at one portion of Northeast Park Hill.
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COVID-19 Hospitalizations by Denver Neighborhood: Widening Spread

Governor Jared Polis has acknowledged that statistics related to COVID-19, which had been trending in a positive direction, are starting to show worrisome signs in this state. The same can be said of neighborhood-by-neighborhood data from Denver Public Health in regard to virus-related hospitalizations — a key metric when it comes to determining the severity of spread.

On June 7, the date we accessed information for our first report on this subject, no hospitalizations had been recorded for 34 Denver neighborhoods. Fifteen days later, that number is down to just four. Moreover, the hospitalization count in several Mile High City neighborhoods has more than doubled over that span.

Here are the latest statewide COVID-19 figures, shared by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment at 4 p.m. yesterday, June 22:

30,705 Cases
5,343 Hospitalized
60 Counties
285,130 People Tested
330 Outbreaks
1,651 Deaths Among Cases
1,438 Deaths Due to COVID-19

Denver's COVID-19 data summary page, meanwhile, records 6,591 positive cases and 305 deaths.

The only Denver neighborhoods that remained hospitalization-free as of June 22 were Auraria, Belcaro, City Park and Montclair. Most of the other neighborhoods that had registered zero hospitalizations on June 7 are listed with fewer than five, but there are exceptions, including six hospitalizations of residents from the Speer and University Park neighborhoods, and seven from Highland.

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Other neighborhoods have seen significant hospitalization spikes — among them Fort Logan (6 on June 7, 12 on June 22), Cheesman Park (fewer than 5 on June 7, 12 on June 22), and Five Points (11 on June 7, 27 on June 22). The biggest move in the wrong direction was taken by Virginia Village (6 hospitalizations on June 7, 21 on June 22), while the neighborhood with the most hospitalizations overall is Gateway/Green Valley Ranch, with 94 on June 22, followed closely by Montbello, with 90 on that date.

Just as important as total hospitalizations is a neighborhood's hospitalization rate — the number of people hospitalized per 1,000 residents. Five neighborhoods now have a rate above three per 1,000, led by Northeast Park Hill; its rate and number of hospitalizations are both more than twice the figures just fifteen days ago.

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

The Denver Public Health COVID-19 hospitalization map accessed on June 22. Darker colors denote higher hospitalization rates.
The Denver Public Health COVID-19 hospitalization map accessed on June 22. Darker colors denote higher hospitalization rates.

Auraria
Total Hospitalizations 0 (unchanged since June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 0.0 (unchanged since June 7)

Belcaro
Total Hospitalizations 0 (unchanged since June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 0.00 (unchanged since June 7)

City Park
Total Hospitalizations < 5 (unchanged since June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 0.00 (unchanged since June 7)

Montclair
Total Hospitalizations 0 (unchanged since June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 0.00 (unchanged since June 7)

University
Total Hospitalizations < 5 (unchanged since June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 0.1 (0.00 on June 7)

Platt Park
Total Hospitalizations < 5 (unchanged since June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 0.2 (0.00 on June 7)

Baker
Total Hospitalizations < 5 (unchanged since June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 0.2 (0.00 on June 7)

West Highland
Total Hospitalizations < 5 (unchanged since June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 0.2 (0.00 on June 7)

Congress Park
Total Hospitalizations < 5 (unchanged since June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 0.3 (0.00 on June 7)

Country Club
Total Hospitalizations < 5 (unchanged since June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 0.3 (0.00 on June 7)

Indian Creek
Total Hospitalizations < 5 (unchanged since June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 0.3 (0.00 on June 7)

University Hills
Total Hospitalizations < 5 (unchanged since June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 0.3 (0.00 on June 7)

Washington Park
Total Hospitalizations < 5 (unchanged since June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 0.3 (0.00 on June 7)

Washington Park West
Total Hospitalizations < 5 (unchanged since June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 0.3 (0.00 on June 7)

Wellshire
Total Hospitalizations < 5 (unchanged since June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 0.3 (0.00 on June 7)

Civic Center
Total Hospitalizations < 5 (unchanged since June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 0.4 (0.00 on June 7)

Speer
Total Hospitalizations 6 (< 5 on June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 0.4 (0.00 on June 7)

Union Station
Total Hospitalizations < 5 (unchanged since June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 0.4 (0.00 on June 7)

Highland
Total Hospitalizations 7 (< 5 on June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 0.5 (0.00 on June 7)

Regis
Total Hospitalizations < 5 (unchanged since June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 0.5 (0.00 on June 7)

Central Business District (CBD)
Total Hospitalizations < 5 (unchanged since June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 0.6 (0.00 on June 7)

Sun Valley
Total Hospitalizations < 5 (unchanged since June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 0.6 (0.00 on June 7)

University Park
Total Hospitalizations 6 (< 5 on June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 0.6 (0.00 on June 7)

Hampden South
Total Hospitalizations 10 (6 on June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 0.6 (0.34 on June 7)

Stapleton
Total Hospitalizations 17 (11 on June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 0.6 (0.41 on June 7)

Cory-Merrill
Total Hospitalizations < 5 (unchanged since June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 0.7 (0.00 on June 7)

Marston
Total Hospitalizations 5 (< 5 on June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 0.7 (0.00 on June 7)

Capitol Hill
Total Hospitalizations 11 (8 on June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 0.7 (0.48 on June 7)

Overland
Total Hospitalizations < 5 (unchanged since June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 0.7 (0.00 on June 7)

Hale
Total Hospitalizations 6 (unchanged since June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 0.7 (0.71 on June 7)

Jefferson Park
Total Hospitalizations 5 (6 on June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 0.8 (0.97 on June 7)

Cherry Creek
Total Hospitalizations 6 (< 5 on June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 0.8 (0.00 on June 7)

Cole
Total Hospitalizations < 5 (unchanged since June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 0.8 (0.00 on June 7)

Bear Valley
Total Hospitalizations 8 (unchanged since June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 0.8 (0.81 on June 7)

Chaffee Park
Total Hospitalizations < 5 (unchanged since June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 0.9 (0.00 on June 7)

Kennedy
Total Hospitalizations 5 (< 5 on June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 1.0 (0.00 on June 7)

South Park Hill
Total Hospitalizations 10 (9 on June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 1.0 (0.94 on June 7)

Berkeley
Total Hospitalizations 9 (7 on June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 1.0 (0.75 on June 7)

Sunnyside
Total Hospitalizations 12 (10 on June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 1.1 (0.91 on June 7)

Sloan's Lake
Total Hospitalizations 9 (6 on June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 1.1 (0.72 on June 7)

Lowry Field
Total Hospitalizations 10 (5 on June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 1.1 (0.56 on June 7)

Lincoln Park
Total Hospitalizations 8 (unchanged since June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 1.11 (unchanged since June 7)

Southmoor Park
Total Hospitalizations 7 (< 5 on June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 1.2 (0.00 on June 7)

Fort Logan
Total Hospitalizations 12 (6 on June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 1.3 (0.64 on June 7)

Five Points
Total Hospitalizations 27 (11 on June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 1.3 (0.53 on June 7)

Cheesman Park
Total Hospitalizations 12 (< 5 on June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 1.3 (0.00 on June 7)

North Capitol Hill
Total Hospitalizations 10 (8 on June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 1.3 (1.01 on June 7)

Virginia Village
Total Hospitalizations 21 (6 on June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 1.4 (0.41 on June 7)

Athmar Park
Total Hospitalizations 14 (unchanged since June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 1.4 (1.43 on June 7)

Hilltop
Total Hospitalizations 15 (8 on June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 1.5 (0.79 on June 7)

Harvey Park
Total Hospitalizations 19 (16 on June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 1.5 (1.28 on June 7)

Washington Virginia Vale
Total Hospitalizations 22 (16 on June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 1.5 (1.09 on June 7)

City Park West
Total Hospitalizations 9 (6 on June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 1.6 (1.04 on June 7)

North Park Hill
Total Hospitalizations 16 (14 on June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 1.6 (1.36 on June 7)

Clayton
Total Hospitalizations 8 (6 on June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 1.6 (1.19 on June 7)

West Colfax
Total Hospitalizations 22 (18 on June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 1.6 (1.28 on June 7)

Mar Lee
Total Hospitalizations 23 (13 on June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 1.7 (0.95 on June 7)

Villa Park
Total Hospitalizations 17 (13 on June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 1.8 (1.35 on June 7)

DIA
Total Hospitalizations < 5 (unchanged since June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 1.8 (0.00 on June 7)

East Colfax
Total Hospitalizations 20 (17 on June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 1.8 (1.50 on June 7)

Windsor
Total Hospitalizations 27 (19 on June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 1.9 (1.32 on June 7)

Barnum
Total Hospitalizations 13 (11 on June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 1.9 (1.63 on June 7)

Barnum West
Total Hospitalizations 12 (unchanged since June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 2.0 (2.02 on June 7)

Ruby Hill
Total Hospitalizations 22 (19 on June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 2.0 (1.72 on June 7)

Whittier
Total Hospitalizations 11 (unchanged since June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 2.0 (2.04 on June 7)

Harvey Park South
Total Hospitalizations 18 (10 on June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 2.0 (1.10 on June 7)

Globeville
Total Hospitalizations 9 (8 on June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 2.1 (1.84 on June 7)

Gateway/Green Valley Ranch
Total Hospitalizations 94 (88 on June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 2.2 (2.09 on June 7)

Westwood
Total Hospitalizations 44 (38 on June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 2.4 (2.10 on June 7)

Skyland
Total Hospitalizations 9 (6 on June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 2.5 (1.68 on June 7)

Elyria-Swansea
Total Hospitalizations 18 (16 on June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 2.6 (2.31 on June 7)

Montbello
Total Hospitalizations 90 (84 on June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 2.6 (2.47 on June 7)

College View/South Platte
Total Hospitalizations 20 (17 on June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 2.7 (2.30 on June 7)

Hampden
Total Hospitalizations 65 (26 on June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 3.2 (1.28 on June 7)

Rosedale
Total Hospitalizations 10 (< 5 on June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 3.5 (0.00 on June 7)

Goldsmith
Total Hospitalizations 23 (8 on June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 3.5 (1.21 on June 7)

Valverde
Total Hospitalizations 16 (unchanged since June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 3.7 (3.72 on June 7)

Northeast Park Hill
Total Hospitalizations 37 (17 on June 7)
Hospitalization Rate 3.9 (1.80 on June 7)

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