These confirmed variant cases do not represent new cases
May 11, 2021 – Today, the state completed processing large batches of sequencing results, adding a total of 2,360 additional variants of concern and variants under investigation to the data dashboard as part of an update spanning several days.
Variants of concern do not represent a new case of COVID-19 in the state, as sequencing is conducted only on positive tests that have already been accounted for in the state’s case totals. Variant cases now make up more than half of all new cases in the state. If you contract COVID today, it is more likely than not that you were exposed to and have contracted a variant strain.
Getting vaccinated provides the greatest protection against COVID-19 and variants. Colorado county-level data shows a clear correlation between high vaccination rates and low infection rates. We’re starting to see population-level protection from these vaccines resulting in decreased transmission, but we still have a ways to go.
CDPHE is consistently working to update sequencing information and other data in our databases as close to real time as possible. Large-scale population-based sequencing allows us to understand the proportions of variants circulating within our population.
Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.