What You Need to Know
As of 6:30 a.m. today, Denver Health had 58 inpatient COVID-19 cases (+4 from yesterday).
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.
NEW: Level Red: Severe Risk – New Restrictions Go Into Effect Today
Denver is among 20 counties moving to a more restrictive level, Level Red: Severe Risk, on the State’s updated COVID-19 dial starting today as a result of a persistent and alarming surge in coronavirus cases. New public health rules take effect at 5 p.m. in Denver. The State will re-evaluate Denver’s metrics and status on the dial by Dec. 18. For the City of Denver’s detailed list of frequently asked questions (FAQ’s), please click here.
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NEW: Discontinuation of UV Light Process for COVID+ Patient Rooms and Staff Break/Common Areas
Incident Command, Infection Prevention, and Environmental Services have decided to discontinue the process of performing UV light treatment for COVID+ patient rooms (after a patient is discharged) and staff break/common areas (in response to staff illness). CDC guidance on environmental infection control in healthcare facilities states that routine cleaning and disinfection procedures are appropriate for COVID-19, including patient-care areas where aerosol-generating procedures have been performed. The disinfectant utilized by Environmental Services is hospital-grade and effective against COVID-19. Use of the UV light in Contact Plus rooms for patients who have had C. difficile will continue per CDC recommendations.
NEW: Reusable Half/Full Respirator Masks with External Filters Are Not Approved for Use at Denver Health
Recently staff have been asking about whether it is allowable to wear reusable half or full-face respirator masks with external filters such as those pictured. Infection Prevention would like to remind staff that these are not approved for use at Denver Health.
- Most masks of this type have an unfiltered exhalation valve which presents a risk to the patient and to other staff who come in contact with the wearer.
- Fit testing is required for safe use, and COSH does not provide fit testing for these masks.
- Denver Health does not maintain a supply of these masks; thus if filters require replacement we are not able to provide them. There is also no indicator for when filters should be changed; thus staff safety cannot be assured.
- The filters for these masks are open to the environment and thus are likely to become contaminated on their surface. They cannot be cleaned or disinfected (they should not be wiped with a disinfectant wipe) and thus their safety is questionable.
- There have been repeated reports that they are visually frightening to patients.
- We have many types of N95 masks that are approved to wear at the hospital during patient care. Staff should try to be fit tested to one of these masks instead.
- We have a supply of PAPRs available in Central Supply, and soon will be able to offer a newly-purchased supply of the CleanSpace Halo respirator. Either of these can be offered to staff who are unable to fit test to a disposable-type N95 mask.
NEW: Holiday Notification- Return to Work Guidance
In observance of the upcoming holiday, COSH will be closed on Thanksgiving, November 26th, 2020.
Managers/ Supervisors: If you have an employee currently out on COVID leave and are anticipating their return to work date will land on Thanksgiving, we ask you to have them call COSH to schedule their return to work clearance appointment for Tuesday or Wednesday.
NEW: Pumpkin Pie for Employees Working on Thanksgiving Day
As many of us prepare for a smaller scale Thanksgiving celebration (with friends or family of the same household), thousands of Denver Health employees will be working on the holiday. They’ll spend the majority of their day supporting the care of, or caring for, the sick and ailing people of our community. At a time when we must limit the number of visitors entering Denver Health, your colleagues will keep our patients safe and comfortable, bringing the spirit of the holiday to those who need it most.
This year, as a small token of our gratitude to those staff members who are working on Thanksgiving Day; we are providing a whole pumpkin pie to take home and share with their household.
This is possible through the dedication and planning of our amazing Patient Experience and Food and Nutrition Services teams and a generous contribution from the Denver Health Foundation.
How to Secure a Pie for Your Household
- You must be an employee working on Thanksgiving Day.
- Pies should be picked up at the end of your shift.
- One pie per employee.
- Proper masking and social distancing is required while in line.
Thursday, November 26
Good Day Café
Discharge Lounge, Pav C, 1st Floor
Discharge Lounge, Pav C, 1st Floor
Friday, November 27
Good Day Café
Please email COVIDemail@example.com with any questions.
Denver Health COVID-19 Resources:
COVID-19 Staff Resources section on our website
Denver Health COVID-19 Help Center which allows you to search for documents and resources