Today’s COVID Information:

· NEW: Epidemiology data and notes

· NEW: COVID-19 Vaccination Information

· UPDATE: Employee Covid-19 Testing Information Update

· REMINDER: Updated Guidance for Special Respiratory Isolation Precaution Removal and Algorithm for Special Respiratory Isolation

· REMINDER: Operating Room Instructions and Guidelines for Emergency Department and Inpatient Preoperative and Post-anesthesia care unit

· Helpful links

· Resources

What You Need to Know

As of 6:30 a.m. today, Denver Health had 69 inpatient COVID-19 cases. (+9 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: COVID-19 Vaccination Information

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Denver Health anticipates soon receiving the first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine once the FDA approves it.

Please review the following information concerning timeline and distribution plan for the COVID-19 vaccine at Denver Health. Please familiarize yourself with this information prior to the COVID-19 Vaccination Pre-Registration Form for Denver Health employees to be sent on Monday, Dec. 7.

SUMMARY

WHAT: Denver Health expects to receive 2,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses in its first shipment.

WHEN: The first shipment is expected to arrive at Denver Health by end of December.

WHO: In line with CDPHE and CDC guidelines, the first vaccines will be allocated to patient-facing frontline workers in the inpatient and outpatient settings.

ACTION REQUIRED: Complete the COVID-19 Vaccination Pre-Registration Form. It will be sent to all staff via email and RAVE alert throughout the day on Monday, Dec. 7.

The form will ask if you wish to receive or decline the vaccine.

FOLLOW UP: You will be notified if you are among the first group to receive the vaccination. You will have an opportunity to schedule your vaccine through the MyChart application. Invitations to schedule your vaccine will continually be sent as more vaccine shipments are received.

MORE INFORMATION: The Employee Vaccine FAQ can be found here.

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The first COVID-19 vaccine by Pfizer is poised for FDA Emergency Use Authorization and, at this time, Denver Health anticipates receiving the first round of COVID-19 vaccine before the end of December.

With limited numbers of the vaccine sent to hospital systems nationwide, Denver Health expects to receive 2,000 vaccines to be distributed initially for Phase I of a multi-phased distribution plan. In deciding which staff will receive the first round of available vaccines, our hospital will adhere to guidelines developed by the State in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Accordingly, the first round of vaccinations will be allotted to patient-facing frontline workers in the inpatient and outpatient settings. Additional vaccine shipments are expected shortly thereafter.

On Monday, Dec. 7, all staff will receive a COVID-19 Vaccination Pre-Registration Form for Denver Health employees. This is used for staff vaccine pre-registration (connected through EPIC for employee verification) and to gauge the number of staff interested in receiving the vaccine. As the vaccine is not mandatory for staff at this time, the survey will include a question asking whether you wish to receive the vaccine. Those who respond “No” will not be registered. Those who respond “Yes” or “Maybe” will have their information collected and be sent subsequent details via MyChart on when and how they will receive the vaccine.

The COVID-19 Vaccination Pre-Registration Form will be sent through Denver Health email and by RAVE text alerts. We ask department and team leads to confirm with their direct reports that they have received the registration form. If no communication has been received by Dec. 8, they should email

COVID_vaccine@dhha.org

As a mission-driven hospital that advocates for vaccinations and for the health and safety of our staff, we strongly encourage all staff to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. More communication will be sent in the coming days and weeks answering questions on both vaccine safety and phased distribution.

Our Vaccine FAQ is found here.

For questions not answered in the FAQ that you may have, please submit your questions here.

What You Need to Share

UPDATE: Employee Covid-19 Testing Information Update

We continue to make changes to optimize the process for timely COVID-19 testing of employees to both ensure the highest level of safety for employees and patients while maintaining our workforce. Here are a few reminders for our employees:

o All employee testing processes flow through the employee survey.

o You are responsible for notifying your supervisor that you are getting tested.

o Do not come to work if you have developed symptoms, if possible notify your supervisor at least 2 hours before the start of your shift.

o If you left your shift to get tested, per hospital policy you need to leave work and you may not work while you are waiting for your test results. You need to self-isolate at home.

o Your Covid-19 test may be analyzed as a rapid test (2-3 hour turnaround) or as a standard test (12 hour turnaround) depending on your next scheduled clinical shift and lab resources. Your results will be automatically released to you and available for your review in MyChart. Do not contact the lab asking for your results. They are not permitted to release results directly to a patient, and this is disruptive to lab personnel and will slow down their processes.

o If you do not have an active MyChart account please follow the following steps:

o Ask the staff member who is swabbing you to print out discharge instructions.

o You will need to go to http://mychart.denverhealth.org and click on the Sign-Up Now link in the New User box.

o There is an activation code in the instructions which you will need to enter to activate your account.

o If you are having difficulties creating your account, call 303-602-4380.

o If you are experiencing a sore throat or flu like symptoms and want other testing, you will need to see your PCP or check in officially as a patient for evaluation by a provider. We will not be testing for influenza or strep throat; we are only authorized to test employees for Covid-19.

o If you test positive you will be out of work for a minimum of 10 days starting from the onset of symptoms. To return to work you must be cleared by COSH through a telephone visit (call to schedule: 303.436.7155). The criteria for clearance are: 10 days since symptom onset, fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication and you must be able to control your symptoms.

o Please also see the Staff Screening and Testing FAQ.

REMINDER: Updated Guidance for Special Respiratory Isolation Precaution Removal and Algorithm for Special Respiratory Isolation

Based on CDC guidance, Denver Health has developed guidance and an algorithm for when Special Respiratory Isolation may be removed in patients hospitalized with COVID-19. If there are additional questions after reviewing the guidance you may contact Infection Prevention or the Infectious Diseases COVID attending.

REMINDER: Operating Room Instructions and Guidelines for Emergency Department and Inpatient Preoperative and Post-anesthesia care unit

Denver Health has established COVID-19 guidance for transportation and Operating Room procedures which are available at the following links. If relevant please review this guidance and contact infection prevention with any questions.

a. COVID-19 Operating Room Instructions

b. COVID-19 Guidelines for Emergency Department and Inpatient Preoperative and Post-anesthesia care unit.

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 Share Point 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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