What You Need to Know

As of 10:30 a.m. today, Denver Health had 54 inpatient COVID-19 cases (+4 from yesterday).

Note: Within the broad increase in case rates across Denver, there has been a disproportionate, 5-fold increase in COVID-19 cases among Native Americans. 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.

UPDATE: Denver Moves to “Level Red: Severe Risk” on Friday

The graphic shared yesterday was out of date, this has since been updated.

Yesterday, Governor Polis and CDPHE released an update to the COVID-19 dial framework, adding “Level Purple: Extreme Risk.” This new category is for “counties where hospital capacity is at extreme risk of being overrun. At this level, all businesses must significantly curtail in person functions and people must stay at home except for necessary activities.”

Fifteen counties, including Denver, will move to “Level Red: Severe Risk” as of Friday, Nov. 20. This means that everyone is required to stay at home except for grocery shopping, exercise, and necessary activities. Only critical businesses are open. This is triggered when there are:

  • More than 15% positivity rates.
  • 350+ cases per 100,000.
  • Greater than two new COVID-19 hospital admissions per day.

For more information on each level in the Dial framework, please visit https://covid19.colorado.gov/covid-19-dial

What You Need to SHARE

UPDATE: COVID Return to Work Guidance

Important please read thoroughly

Important please read thoroughly

  1. Employees with COVID-19 must receive clearance from COSH to return to work. This requires a 10-20 minute telephone visit with a COSH provider.
  2. We strongly encourage employees to call COSH (303-436-7155) to schedule this telephone visit 8 days after onset of symptoms (or 8 days after the positive test if no symptoms developed). If the 10th day from onset of symptoms (or from the positive test if no symptoms developed) falls on the weekend, schedule the telephone visit for the Thursday or Friday before the 10th day.
  3. Employees must meet the following criteria in order to be cleared by a COSH provider to return to work:

a. Fever free (< 100.4F) for greater than 24 hours without use of fever reducing medication, AND

b. At least 10 days have passed since the onset of symptoms and/or

symptoms are improving, whichever is longer. If you have not developed symptoms, clearance will be 10 days from the test date.

4. Once an employee is cleared to return to work, COSH will e-mail the employee their clearance form.

5. It is the employee’s responsibility to update their manager regarding clearance.

Note: If you are currently working from home: you may work if you are feeling well enough to do so; if not, please take the time you need to recover. You are still expected to schedule a return-to-work telephone appointment with COSH according to the 10-day timeline outlined above, such that you are able to enter the Denver Health campus if needed.

REMINDER: Work From Home

All WFH employees should continue their current work arrangement unless otherwise directed by their leader. Protecting the health and safety of all Denver Health staff members is our first priority. Over the past eight months WFH staff have helped slow the spread of COVID-19 and successfully supported our front line workers while working remotely. Thank you for all that you have done and all you continue to do to support the amazing work happening at Denver Health.

As expected, COVID-19 continues to be in our lives, and will be into 2021. Earlier in the year, department leaders developed more permanent or longer-term WFH plans for individuals and teams that could successfully work from home. We ask all staff who are able to work from home, please do so for the safety of everyone. If you haven’t been working from home, but feel like you could do so successfully, please work directly with your leader.

REMINDER: Visitor Guidelines Available in Spanish

In an effort to continue to support staff in their communication of the visitor guidelines, we have had the current guidelines translated into Spanish. The Spanish versions of the Inpatient and Outpatient Guidelines are attached to the policies in PolicyStat.



Helpful Links

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

Denver Health Visitor Policy

Please email COVID-19@dhha.org with any questions.

Denver Health COVID-19 Resources:

COVID-19 Staff Resources section on our website

Coronavirus SharePoint site

Denver Health COVID-19 Help Center which allows you to search for documents and resources

RISE Virtual Group Support Registration

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