Each day, you will receive a COVID-19 update, focused on what you need to know, what you need to do, and what you need to share. Please print this out to share as a Huddle Sheet with your team.
What You Need to Know
COVID-19 Epidemiology Data
As of 8 a.m. today, Denver Health had 44 inpatient COVID-19 cases (-11 from yesterday).
Note: Transmission of COVID is high across nearly the entire state (51 of Colorado’s 64 counties meet the state’s definition of have high-level transmission). Governor Polis announced a new level of the Dial framework today that can be used by counties with high-level transmission. For more information, please visit the Denver Public Health COVID-19 Data Summary. (Please use Edge or Chrome.) The website is updated daily and contains data on cases, hospitalization, deaths, testing and symptom monitoring.
What You Need to Share
Clarification: Eye Protection Required for Staff
Face shields are the preferred method of eye protection. Goggles do not protect the wearer from all splashes or droplets. Goggles offer less protection, do not protect your mask, and will not be supplied for this purpose. If wearing a face shield disrupts your ability to properly function in your daily job, talk to your manager and call Infection Prevention at 2-BUGS (x22847). In such instance, Staff may be approved to wear googles from home. Eye glasses are not considered a substitute for goggles or a face shield. For a full FAQ on this requirement, visit the Denver Health COVID Help Center.
PPE Reminder: Use Single Gloves, Not Double Gloves
When interacting with patients suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19, clinical staff should not wear two sets of gloves. Use of a single pair of gloves follows correct protocol and double-gloving does not provide any greater protection and has been shown to decrease hand hygiene. The 5 moments of hand hygiene is required in all patient interactions. Gloves are to be maintained in all patient care rooms. For any questions please call Infection Prevention at 2-BUGS (x22847) or email HITeam@dhha.org.
REMINDER: Additional Employee Screening Stations Added Monday, 11/16
Based on feedback received from our employees, two new employee screening locations will be open Monday-Friday from 6 a.m.– 8 a.m.
Please note, these screening stations are only for DH Employees and you must have your badge with you to access the stations.
The two locations are located:
- At the Tunnel Entrance in the basement of Pavilion A; and
- At the Stairwell Entrance located on the southeast corner of Pavilion A (between the PEDUC and ED external entrances).
REMINDER: Staff COVID-19 Exposure Guidance
With recommended mask and face shields high-risk exposures should be rare.
Possible staff exposure to inpatients that test positive for COVID-19 after admission.
Patients sometimes test negative for COVID-19 at admission and then test positive later. In these situations, staff members may be concerned that they have had a high-risk exposure. Definition of a high risk exposure:
- Performing an aerosol-generating procedure on a COVID-19 positive patient without wearing both a facemask and eye protection.
- Caring for a patient with COVID-19 without wearing a facemask
Infection Prevention works with managers to assess exposures. With facemasks and eye protection mandatory for all patient encounters, high-risk exposures to patients will be rare. Of note, facemasks plus a face shield are a component of CDC recommended alternatives for personal protective equipment when caring for COVID-19 positive patients.
You will not be routinely notified if a patient you cared for tests positive after an initial negative test. However these cases are carefully reviewed by infection prevention who will reach out to you if a possible high-risk exposure is identified.
If you are concerned that you have experienced a high-risk exposure and have not already been contacted by Infection Prevention or your manager:
- Talk to your manager or call Infection Prevention at 2-BUGS (x22847)
- Self-monitor for symptoms as usual
- Continue to work if you are asymptomatic
- Take the employee survey if you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 OR are directed to do so by infection prevention or your manager.
For questions, email ICC_support@dhha.org
- Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Coronavirus Information
- Denver Department of Public Health and Environment Coronavirus Information
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus Information
- Denver Public Health Website
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