Today’s COVID-19 Information:

· NEW: Epidemiology data and notes

· REMINDER: COVID-19 Vaccine Authorization and Distribution Plan for Denver Health Staff

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

· REMINDER: Talking Points for Vaccine Inquiries for Denver Health Patients

· 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 (-3 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: Vaccine Authorization and Distribution Plan for Denver Health Staff

The Food and Drug Administration has granted emergency use authorization of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Denver Health will begin to receive shipments of this vaccine in the next week (we now expect an initial shipment of 2,925 doses, with more supply thereafter). Per State guidance (CDPHE Vaccine for Coloradans), distribution of COVID-19 vaccine will occur in three phases. Phase 1 vaccine distribution is prioritized for health care workers, staff and residents of long term care facilities, and first responders.

Denver Health employees and contractors who are patient-facing (inpatient or outpatient who have face-to-face patient contact, work in a patient care area, or handle patient specimens) will be the first priority group to receive the vaccine. Please note:

· Phase I includes staff from a wide range of departments such as: environmental services, the Paramedic Division, Ambulatory Care Services, food and nutrition, transport, phlebotomy, radiology, nurses, medical assistants, laboratory, advanced practice providers, and physicians (list not all inclusive).

· In order to receive the vaccine in Phase I, staff MUST complete the COVID-19 Vaccination Pre-Registration Form. If you have not yet received the notice to register and want to receive the vaccine, email COVID_Vaccine@dhha.org.

· If you do not have MyChart, have pre-registered, and are included in the Phase I, a MyChart activation email will be sent to you on Monday, Dec. 14. Please wait for that email before reaching out to IT Help Desk.

· You will sign up for your vaccine appointment via MyChart

All vaccine administrations will occur by appointment only during scheduled COVID vaccination clinics. Because our first Pfizer vaccine allotment may not be sufficient to vaccinate all eligible and interested employees and contractors, invitations to schedule a vaccine appointment will be sent to patient-facing employees in random blocks starting early next week via MyChart. Some staff may receive an invitation to schedule on Monday; some on Tuesday; some on Wednesday, and so on. The invitations will only be sent to patient-facing staff who completed the pre-registration survey and indicated “YES” or “UNSURE” to receiving the vaccine. Once an employee receives an invitation, the employee is able to self-schedule a vaccine appointment via MyChart, or may opt to schedule in the future.

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.

REMINDER: Talking Points for Vaccine Inquiries 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 in this link: Vaccine Distribution Information for Patient Inquiries

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.” Click here the link to view the presentation
Grand Rounds, 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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