Today’s COVID-19 Information:

· NEW: Epidemiology data and notes

· NEW: COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ

· NEW: COVID-19 Staffing Process

· NEW: Child Care and Emotional Support

· NEW: Information on Vaccine Distribution Timeline for Patient Inquiries

· REMINDER: COVID-19 Vaccine Information on your Cell Phone

· REMINDER: COVID-19 Vaccination Pre-Registration Form

· REMINDER: Grand Rounds: “COVID-19 Vaccinations: “Reasons Not To Be Scared”

· REMINDER: Cyber Threats Information

· Helpful links

· Resources

What You Need to Know

As of 6:30 a.m. today, Denver Health had 49 inpatient COVID-19 cases (+7 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.

REMINDER: COVID-19 Vaccine Information on your Cell Phone

You can access the fact sheet and additional information on the Help Center by pointing your cell phone camera at this image. Information is updated regularly, so please check frequently for new information.

NEW: COVID-19 Vaccine – Updated FAQ

You can access an updated FAQ, including responses to the questions that were raised in the Town Hall meeting earlier this week. Click the link below:

Updated COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ

Please click this link to view a recording of the Vaccine Town Hall WebEx session.

NEW: Information on Vaccine Distribution Timeline for Denver Health Patients

We know that many frontline staff continue to receive inquiries from patients regarding the timing and availability of COVID-19 Vaccine. If you receive inquiries, please utilize the approved talking points attached to the email and in this link. Vaccine Distribution Information for Patient Inquiries

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

DO NOT CALL THE I.T. HELP CENTER TO SET UP A MYCHART ACCOUNT

Please wait until you receive the MyChart activation email next week

All employees should have received a COVID-19 Vaccination Pre-Registration Form. 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.

· Text messages in English and Spanish are being sent to staff who have not yet responded to the pre-registration survey.

NEW: COVID-19 Staffing Request

As we continue to work through the COVID-19 surge, the IC Logistics Team has developed an updated, simple process to request temporary labor when COVID-specific staffing resources are needed. This process uses SmartSheet to ensure streamlined tracking of requests and expedite approval.

Covid-19 Staffing Request Process

Click this link to make a COVID staffing request

*For day-to-day permanent position requests, please submit requisitions through COMPASS.

Please note, all positions that were approved on 12/9/2020 for 5.2 COVID Surge Plan have already been captured. Please do not fill out a form for these positions.

For questions, please email COVID-19@dhha.org

NEW: Child Care Resources & Emotional Support Resources

We know these are challenging times and every aspect of our lives are affected. For some of our staff, these challenges are made more difficult when they need to find new child care arrangements. To help you save time, we have created guides on resources that can help you find and pay for child care. We have also included a Confidential Mental Health Resources guide.

REMINDER: Grand Rounds: “COVID-19 Vaccinations: Reasons Not to be Scared”

Dr. Anuj Mehta held a Grand Rounds session on, “COVID-19 Vaccinations, Reasons Not to be Scared.” We know there were some technical difficulties in the WebEx and YouTube presentation, so thank you for your patience, and thanks to Dr. Mehta for sharing this important information. You can watch the YouTube session here: Dr. Anuj Mehta: “COVID-19 Vaccinations: Reasons Not to be Scared”

REMINDER: Cyber Threats – Exercise Caution and Keep Denver Health Safe

Cyber threat actors are actively attempting to infiltrate health care organizations with ransomware. Some of these threats are targeting the COVID-19 vaccine supply chain. PLEASE be very careful with emails – pause, review the email including any links – hover over the link with your mouse pointer to ensure the actual Internet location matches the email. Hesitate before opening attachments within emails with the [EXTERNAL] tag in the email Subject Line. Clicking on a malicious link can cause Denver Health to fall victim to Ransomware or other security breaches. This could disable critical systems needed for patient care, including Epic, PACS, Biomed devices, etc. We need your help in preventing these threats from being successful.

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 – Vaccine for Coloradans

· 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 Subsite – please note the new hours: 10:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., 7 days a week

RISE Virtual Group Support Registration

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