Today’s COVID-19 Information:
NEW: Epidemiology data and notes
NEW: Covid-19 Vaccine Registration and Process Reminder
REMINDER: Information on the Hospital Capacity Surge Plan
REMINDER: COVID-19 Vaccine Authorization and Distribution Plan for Denver Health Staff
REMINDER: Grand Rounds: “COVID-19 Vaccinations: “Reasons Not To Be Scared”
REMINDER: Cyber Threats Information
What You Need to Know
As of 6:30 a.m. today, Denver Health had 47 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.
1. Fill Out the COVID-19 Vaccination Pre-registration Form: All employees should have received this pre-registration invite within the last two weeks. Everyone in the organization should complete this form to indicate if they are interested in, might be interested, or not interested in receiving the vaccine. If you change your mind at any time, please email COVID_Vaccine@dhha.org to request another form.
2. Ensure You Have a MyChart Account (Setup Help is Available): Communication about formal vaccine scheduling will be sent to the email associated with your MyChart account. If you do not have a MyChart account, you will receive an invite to set one up. If you are having trouble setting up your MyChart account or scheduling an appointment using MyChart:
Directly call MyChart Support
Times: Monday thru Friday 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Please note: The Help Desk cannot assist with this request.
3. Receive Your Invitation: Once you have activated your MyChart account, you will receive an invitation to schedule your first COVID vaccination appointment through MyChart. Initially, these invitations are being send out this week (12/14 and 12/15) in bundles of 1,000 per day to all employees in the 1A/1B priority group who indicated either they wanted the vaccine or were unsure if they wanted it. Important note: You need to LOG IN to MyChart to view the invitation to schedule the vaccine. The push from MyChart to email might not happen if you have previously blocked emails from MyChart. Contact MyChart support if you have any MyChart access issues.
4. Schedule Your Vaccine: Please schedule your appointment right before you are scheduled to be off for a day or two in case you have mild post-vaccine symptoms. If that is not possible, schedule the next best option and notify your manager so they may work with you to facilitate your coverage while you leave the unit to get vaccinated or if you feel ill after receiving it.
5. Get Your First Dose; Schedule Your Second: After you have completed your vaccine appointment you will be asked to wait for 15 minutes to be monitored for a reaction. During that time, you will receive an invite through MyChart to schedule your 2nd vaccination.
Note: We are optimistic that all employees in the 1A/1B prioritization groups will be offered the vaccine by Jan. 15, due to the anticipated arrival of the Moderna vaccine by the week of Dec. 21. Future vaccine clinics, likely in early January, will be offered at sites other than the main campus. If you need to wait to be vaccinated until a later date, Denver Health will work with you to get you vaccinated.
REMINDER: COVID-19 Hospital Capacity Surge Plan
Denver Health continues to update review and update Surge Plan. This is the roadmap for how we 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. Denver Health is currently at Level 5.1 in its Surge Plan. You can view the Surge Plan below.
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 the vaccine this 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 this week. 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: 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 COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org 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