Today’s COVID-19 Information:

· NEW: Epidemiology data and notes

· NEW: COVID-19 Fact Sheet on Vaccine Distribution

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

· NEW: Cyber Threats Information

· NEW: Hospital Capacity Surge Plan

· NEW: Pneumatic Tube System Guidance

· NEW: PPE Report

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

· REMINDER: COVID-19 Vaccine Town Hall Meeting

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

· Helpful links

· Resources

What You Need to Know

As of 6:30 a.m. today, Denver Health had 42 inpatient COVID-19 cases (-6 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 Fact Sheet on Vaccine Distribution to Staff

The new fact sheet contains information on vaccination plans for staff. This information has been sent to all staff via email, but we want to ensure everyone can access the information and has the opportunity to pre-register for vaccination. Vaccine supplies are initially limited and will be allocated according to the prioritization guidelines developed by the State in collaboration with the CDC. Click on the link to access the Vaccine Fact Sheet. It is also attached to the email.

If you are a manager, please share the fact sheet with your staff and post in common areas.

NEW: COVID-19 Vaccine Information on your Cell Phone

You can also 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: Cyber Threats – Exercise Caution and Keep Denver Health Safe

Cyber threat actors are actively attempting to infiltrate health care organizations with ransomware. Additionally, some of these threats are targeting the COVID-19 vaccine supply chain and individuals responsible for the creation, distribution and delivery of the vaccine. 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 any 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. Such a breach can disable several critical systems needed for patient care, including Epic, PACS, Biomed devices, etc. We need your help in preventing these threats from being successful.

NEW: COVID-19 Hospital Capacity Surge Plan

Denver Health has updated its Surge Plan. This is the roadmap for how we will increase the number of hospital beds and staff to meet the demand for clinical care created by the pandemic. In this short video, Dr. Tom MacKenzie, Chief Quality Officer, explains what the surge plan means for Denver Health and why we need it. You can also view the Surge Plan below.

Watch the video View the Surge Plan

NEW: Sending COVID-19 Specimens through the Pneumatic Tube System

The Lab is now accepting COVID-19 testing specimens (NP swab or OP swab) through the pneumatic tube system. All COVID-19 specimens are required to be double-bagged (2 sealed biohazard bags) and placed in a sealed, zippered transportation bag before placing the specimen in to the tube system carrier. Ensure that specimen container lids are tightly secured before bagging the specimen. Visual instructions for packaging COVID-19 samples are posted at each tube station. After double-bagging a COVID-19 specimen and placing it in the zippered transportation bag, send it via the tube system per normal tube system delivery process. In the event of a spill, call Engineering at 22420 and follow the spill procedure outlined in the Use of the Pneumatic Tube System policy.

NEW: PPE Report – Denver Health has Sufficient Supplies of all Main PPE Items

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

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.

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

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 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.

REMINDER: Town Hall on COVID-19 Vaccine and Distribution Plan for Staff

A Town Hall meeting took place Monday and shared information on our vaccine plans. Click this link 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 Town Hall presentation and the latest updates to the FAQ by visiting the Vaccine Information section of the Help Center.

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

Tomorrow at noon, Dr. Anuj Mehta will lead a Grand Rounds session on, “COVID-19 Vaccinations, Reasons Not to be Scared.” An invitation has been sent to staff, and you can watch on YouTube Live.

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.

What You Need to Share

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

Helpful Links:

· New 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 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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