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: Grand Rounds: “COVID-19 Vaccinations: “Reasons Not To Be Scared”
· REMINDER: Cyber Threats Information
· Helpful links
What You Need to Know
As of 6:30 a.m. today, Denver Health had 48 inpatient COVID-19 cases (-1 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.
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: 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
· Please email COVIDemail@example.com with any questions.
Denver Health COVID-19 Resources:
· COVID-19 Staff Resources section on our website
· 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