­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Today’s COVID-19 Information:

· NEW: Epidemiology data and notes

· NEW: COVID-19 Vaccine Town Hall Meeting

· NEW: More Double Rooms on 4B – Remember to Use Two Patient Identifiers

· REMINDER: Information on the COVID-19 Vaccination Pre-Registration Form

· REMINDER: Grand Rounds COVID-19 Vaccinations: “Reasons Not To Be Scared” (Thursday, Dec. 10 at 12 noon)

· Helpful links

· Resources

What You Need to Know

As of 6:30 a.m. today, Denver Health had 48 inpatient COVID-19 cases (-11 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: Town Hall on COVID-19 Vaccine and Distribution plan for staff

A Town Hall meeting took place this morning to share information on our vaccine plans. Copy and paste the following link into your browser file://dhdcdept1/dept/Pulse%20Content/COVIDTownHall/COVIDTownHall.mp4 to view a recording of the Vaccine Town Hall WebEx session. Our team of experts presented background information on the vaccine and responded to staff questions. You can see the presentation given at the Town Hall meeting and the latest updates to the FAQ by visiting the Vaccine Information section of the Help Center.

REMINDER: Action Required on the COVID-19 Vaccination Pre-Registration Form

Yesterday, all employees should have received a COVID-19 Vaccination Pre-Registration Form via email. The vaccine is not mandatory for staff at this time, but as a hospital system that advocates for vaccinations and for the health and safety of our staff, we strongly urge all staff to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The registration form includes a question asking whether staff members are interested in taking the vaccine or not. It is very important for all staff to respond to the pre-registration email.

Employees who responded with “Yes” or “Unsure” in the form will receive a Denver Health MRN and MyChart activation email during the week of Dec. 14. If you do not already have one, you must create your MyChart account upon receiving your activation email. Denver Health employees with an existing MyChart account will not need to take any immediate action. At a later date, employees will receive an invitation to schedule the vaccination through MyChart.

We are asking all Denver Health leaders to ensure your direct reports have received the form so they have the opportunity to pre-register for the vaccine when it is available to them. This form also helps Denver Health understand how many staff members are interested in receiving the vaccine at this time.

· If an employee has not received the registration form link, they should email COVID_Vaccine@dhha.org to request a link.

· Information on the distribution and FAQ for the vaccine distribution and safety questions can be found on the Help Center here.

We ask that leaders ensure all staff who want to pre-register for the vaccine are provided the time and the tools to do so.

NEW: More Double Rooms on 4B – Remember to Use Two Patient Identifiers

There are now 12 double rooms on 4B so all staff members are reminded to use two patient identifiers when interacting with patients on the unit. Rooms 402 to 424 are now doubles, each occupied by two patients, and it’s important that all clinical and ancillary staff (incl. Lab, X-ray, Dietary, and others) check the identity of patients. Signage is attached to each door indicating that bed one is closest to the door and bed two closest to the window. If there is any confusion please check with the Charge RN for clarification.

REMINDER: Grand Rounds Thursday, Dec. 10: “COVID-19 Vaccinations: Reasons Not to be Scared”

This Thursday, Dr. Anuj Mehta will lead a Grand Rounds session on, “COVID-19 Vaccinations, Reasons Not to be Scared.” Dr. Mehta, recently joined the Denver Health faculty full time in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine in the Dept. of Medicine. He is well-known to many at Denver Health as an outstanding pulmonary and critical care specialist through his attending time in the MICU over the last few years. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Mehta has functioned as a key advisor to Governor Polis to develop crisis standards of care. Currently, he chairs the Governor’s Medical Advisory Group on Vaccine Allocations.

The Grand Rounds session is being held Thursday, Dec. 8 at noon and is open to any Denver Health employee that wants to listen. An invitation will be sent to staff today. The session will be recorded and made available for employees who are not able to attend.

What You Need to Share

COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Denver Health staff can be found here

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

· Staff Screening and Testing FAQ

· 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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