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COVID-19 Hospitalizations Double in Most Denver Neighborhoods

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In recent weeks, data related to COVID-19 in Colorado as a whole and Denver in particular has been dipping modestly — but a tremendous amount of damage continues to be done to lives and communities. Case in point: Over the past two months, the number of hospitalizations has at least doubled in the majority of Denver neighborhoods.

This sad reality is documented in statistics on the Denver COVID-19 Data Summary page maintained by Denver Public Health. Comparing numbers updated late on December 17 with those from October 20, included in our previous update on this metric, show that hospitalization rates increased in 77 of the city's 78 official neighborhoods — the sole exception being Auraria, which has thus far avoided both hospitalizations and deaths from the novel coronavirus.

And often, these increases haven't been small.

On October 20, no Denver neighborhood had a hospitalization rate of more than 5 per 100,000 people. Now, 23 of them do. For example, Capitol Hill has gone from 12 hospitalizations to 26 per 100,000, Belcaro from 0 to 13, Marston from 6 to 23, Hampden South from 12 to 39, and Central Park (formerly Stapleton) from 23 to 56 — and that's just the beginning.

COVID-19's disproportionate impact on communities of color is very clear in these new stats: Both Gateway/Green Valley Ranch and Montbello have seen more than 100 new hospitalizations in under two months. Montbello's total has increased from 127 to 273.

See where your neighborhood ranks (entries are in ascending order of hospitalization rate):

Auraria
Total Hospitalizations 0 (unchanged since October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 0.0 (unchanged since October 20)

University
Total Hospitalizations < 5 (0 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 0.3 (0.00 on October 20)

Washington Park West
Total Hospitalizations 6 (< 5 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 0.8 (0.3 on October 20)

Platt Park
Total Hospitalizations 6 (< 5 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 0.9 (0.1 on October 20)

Washington Park
Total Hospitalizations 7 (< 5 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 0.9 (0.4 on October 20)

Congress Park
Total Hospitalizations 10 (< 5 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 0.9 (0.4 on October 20)

Union Station
Total Hospitalizations 9 (5 (< 5 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 0.9 (0.5 on October 20)

Cory-Merrill
Total Hospitalizations < 5 (unchanged since October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 0.9 (0.7 on October 20)

Indian Creek
Total Hospitalizations < 5 (unchanged since October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 0.9 (0.6 on October 20)

City Park
Total Hospitalizations < 5 (unchanged since October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 1.1 (0.3 on October 20)

Country Club
Total Hospitalizations < 5 (unchanged since October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 1.2 (0.3 on October 20)

West Highland
Total Hospitalizations 12 (< 5 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 1.2 (0.3 on October 20)

Jefferson Park
Total Hospitalizations 8 (6 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 1.3 (1.0 on October 20)

Hale
Total Hospitalizations 13 (9 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 1.5 (1.1 on October 20)

Wellshire
Total Hospitalizations 5 (< 5 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 1.5 (0.6 on October 20)

Capitol Hill
Total Hospitalizations 26 (12 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 1.5 (0.7 on October 20)

University Hills
Total Hospitalizations 10 (< 5 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 1.6 (0.5 on October 20)

Speer
Total Hospitalizations 23 (12 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 1.7 (0.9 on October 20)

University Park
Total Hospitalizations 17 (9 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 1.8 (0.9 on October 20)

Highland
Total Hospitalizations 25 (13 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 1.8 (1.0 on October 20)

Marston
Total Hospitalizations 23 (6 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 1.8 (0.5 on October 20)

Baker
Total Hospitalizations 12 (< 5 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 1.9 (0.6 on October 20)

Central Park (formerly Stapleton)
Total Hospitalizations 56 (23 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 1.9 (0.8 on October 20)

Montclair
Total Hospitalizations 13 (< 5 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 2.1 (0.2 on October 20)

Kennedy
Total Hospitalizations 11 (< 5 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 2.1 (0.8 on October 20)

South Park Hill
Total Hospitalizations 20 (11 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 2.1 (1.1 on October 20)

Cheesman Park
Total Hospitalizations 19 (13 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 2.1 (1.4 on October 20)

Berkeley
Total Hospitalizations 21 (10 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 2.2 (1.1 on October 20)

Central Business District (CBD)
Total Hospitalizations 11 (< 5 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 2.2 (0.8 on October 20)

Hampden South
Total Hospitalizations 39 (12 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 2.2 (0.7 on October 20)

Regis
Total Hospitalizations 10 (< 5 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 2.3 (0.9 on October 20)

Hilltop
Total Hospitalizations 25 (15 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 2.4 (1.4 on October 20)

Belcaro
Total Hospitalizations 13 (0 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 2.5 (0.00 on October 20)

Overland
Total Hospitalizations 7 (< 5 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 2.5 (0.7 on October 20)

Cherry Creek
Total Hospitalizations 21 (8 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 2.6 (1.0 on October 20)

Lowry Field
Total Hospitalizations 24 (12 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 2.6 (1.3 on October 20)

Sloan's Lake
Total Hospitalizations 24 (10 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 2.9 (1.2 on October 20)

North Capitol Hill
Total Hospitalizations 25 (13 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 3.0 (1.6 on October 20)

Whittier
Total Hospitalizations 16 (13 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 3.0 (2.4 on October 20)

Virginia Village
Total Hospitalizations 45 (23 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 3.1 (1.6 on October 20)

North Park Hill
Total Hospitalizations 32 (17 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 3.1 (1.7 on October 20)

Civic Center
Total Hospitalizations 10 (< 5 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 3.5 (1.4 on October 20)

Clayton
Total Hospitalizations 18 (9 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 3.6 (1.8 on October 20)

Southmoor Park
Total Hospitalizations 21 (7 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 3.7 (1.2 on October 20)

Bear Valley
Total Hospitalizations 37 (13 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 3.8 (1.3 on October 20)

Cole
Total Hospitalizations 20 (5 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 3.8 (1.0 on October 20)

West Colfax
Total Hospitalizations 61 (29 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 4.1 (2.0 on October 20)

Chaffee Park
Total Hospitalizations 18 (5 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 4.2 (1.2 on October 20)

Sunnyside
Total Hospitalizations 49 (21 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 4.3 (1.9 on October 20)

Washington Virginia Vale
Total Hospitalizations 66 (27 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 4.5 (1.8 on October 20)

City Park West
Total Hospitalizations 27 (10 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 4.5 (1.7 on October 20)

Windsor
Total Hospitalizations 69 (31 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 4.7 (2.1 on October 20)

Five Points
Total Hospitalizations 105 (38 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 4.9 (1.8 on October 20)

Rosedale
Total Hospitalizations 14 (10 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 4.9 (3.5 on October 20)

East Colfax
Total Hospitalizations 55 (27 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 4.9 (2.4 on October 20)

Goldsmith
Total Hospitalizations 33 (27 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 5.0 (4.1 on October 20)

Harvey Park
Total Hospitalizations 66 (33 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 5.2 (2.6 on October 20)

Gateway/Green Valley Ranch
Total Hospitalizations 237 (130 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 5.4 (2.9 on October 20)

Sun Valley
Total Hospitalizations 8 (< 5 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 5.4 (0.7 on October 20)

Skyland
Total Hospitalizations 20 (13 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 5.5 (3.6 on October 20)

Barnum West
Total Hospitalizations 34 (21 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 5.8 (3.1 on October 20)

Hampden
Total Hospitalizations 121 (71 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 6.0 (3.5 on October 20)

Northeast Park Hill
Total Hospitalizations 56 (40 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 6.0 (4.3 on October 20)

Fort Logan
Total Hospitalizations 57 (15 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 6.1 (1.6 on October 20)

Mar Lee
Total Hospitalizations 86 (35 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 6.2 (2.5 on October 20)

Athmar Park
Total Hospitalizations 63 (19 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 6.4 (1.9 on October 20)

Villa Park
Total Hospitalizations 61 (28 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 6.4 (2.9 on October 20)

Ruby Hill
Total Hospitalizations 75 (28 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 6.9 (2.6 on October 20)

Barnum
Total Hospitalizations 47 (17 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 6.9 (2.9 on October 20)

Harvey Park South
Total Hospitalizations 66 (24 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 7.2 (2.6 on October 20)

College View/South Platte
Total Hospitalizations 54 (23 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 7.3 (3.1 on October 20)

Montbello
Total Hospitalizations 273 (127 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 8.0 (3.7 on October 20)

DIA
Total Hospitalizations 14 (5 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 8.1 (2.9 on October 20)

Lincoln Park
Total Hospitalizations 31 (13 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 8.7 (3.7 on October 20)

Elyria-Swansea
Total Hospitalizations 59 (25 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 8.8 (3.7 on October 20)

Westwood
Total Hospitalizations 159 (73 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 8.8 (4.0 on October 20)

Globeville
Total Hospitalizations 39 (14 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 9.3 (3.3 on October 20)

Valverde
Total Hospitalizations 44 (21 on October 20)
Hospitalization Rate 10.0 (4.8 on October 20)

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