TODAY’S COVID-19 INFORMATION
NEW:
Epidemiology Data and Notes

NEW: Happy New Year!

REMINDER: Denver Health Adjusts Vaccination Efforts after New State Guidelines

REMINDER: Adherence to PPE and COVID Prevention Measures after Vaccination

REMINDER: Fraudulent Unemployment Benefit Claims are on the Rise

REMINDER: FAQ- Can employees who previously had COVID be vaccinated?

REMINDER: FAQ- Can you provide more information about COVID-19 Variant in Colorado?

REMINDER: Denver Health Staff Vaccination Numbers

REMINDER: Changes to COVID Testing and Quarantine Recommendations for Patients

REMINDER: Updates Regarding 2nd Vaccine Dose Timing and Appointment Availability

REMINDER: Holiday Notification- Return to Work Guidance
REMINDER: Vaccines to begin at Community Health Centers

REMINDER: Registration Process for COVID-19 Vaccination

What You Need to Know

As of 6:30 a.m. today, Denver Health had 41 inpatient COVID-19 cases (+2 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: Happy New Year!

May what comes next best that which came before

REMINDER: Denver Health Adjusts Vaccination Efforts after New State Guidelines

Denver Health is quickly adjusting its COVID-19 vaccination efforts after the State of Colorado issued new guidance to expand the first tier of eligibility to include people age 70 and over.

While Denver Health continues to vaccinate the highest risk, patient-facing frontline workers, support staff and community partners that include Denver Police and Denver Fire, we are excited to learn we can now offer the COVID-19 vaccine to more vulnerable people in our community.

With the new guidance, Denver Health will fast track plans to vaccinate as many people in the expanded group as possible over the coming weeks.

Priority will be given to Denver Health patients aged 70 and over who have received medical care at a Denver Health facility within the past three years. In addition to our efforts to vaccinate patients, we are moving forward to vaccinate the expanded group of health care essential workers including Denver Health employees who don’t interact with patients frequently and those who provide in-person operational support to our vital public health system. (At this time, the larger group does not include Denver Health employees who exclusively work from home.)

Denver Health is hopeful we can accommodate this expanded group of people in the weeks and months ahead as we receive additional shipments of the vaccine and anticipated allocations from the state.

We hope to begin vaccinating these high-priority individuals immediately and will be reaching out to patients and employees the week of January 4 with more information on when and where they can get scheduled. Our accelerated efforts will likely include offering vaccinations on campus at Denver Health, at our community health centers and utilizing our mobile health clinics.

Denver Health is honored to play this critical role for our community. The opportunity to deliver the COVID-19 vaccines to a larger group of people means we’ll be able to save more lives, stop the spread of the virus and alleviate the heavy strain on our frontline workers, hospital system and the community.

REMINDER: Adherence to PPE and COVID Prevention Measures after Vaccination

While the COVID-19 vaccine is a vital step toward ending the pandemic, it is important to remember that the vaccine is not 100% effective at preventing symptomatic infection and it is not known whether the vaccine prevents asymptomatic spread of the virus. It is therefore essential for the protection of our staff, patients and families to continue to adhere to current PPE policies and to continue to take precautions including wearing a mask, physical distancing and avoiding crowds. These measures are not only required by hospital policy and public health order, but remain a critical component of controlling the spread of COVID.

REMINDER: Fraudulent Unemployment Benefits Claims Are on the Rise
We have recently seen a slight increase of fraudulent unemployment benefits claims for our employees who are still actively working at Denver Health. With the increase of legitimate claims, the number of fraudulent unemployment claims has also risen. In a fraudulent benefit claim, an identity thief uses an employee’s identity to claim they’re out of work and need government assistance. Denver Health has seen an increase in fraudulent unemployment benefits claims as well. We know we have received a fraudulent unemployment claim when the employee on the claim is still actively working at Denver Health. The information being used most likely came from a large data breach or compromise in the last 10 years (eBay, Marriott, Yahoo, etc.) since Denver Health has no evidence of employee information being compromised through our information systems. When we receive a fraudulent claim, we take immediate action. We report the claim to the state and follow the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment procedure to dispute the claim. We also notify the employee and their leader and provide detailed communication with recommended next steps to help them protect their identity.

If you believe your information has been used to file a fraudulent unemployment claim, or otherwise believe you are a victim of identity theft related to unemployment benefits, please submit a fraud report through the Colorado Department of Labor’s Fraud Prevention. Additional information is also available on the Human Resources subsite, or you can contact Human Resources at MyHR@dhha.org.

REMINDER: FAQ- Can Employees Who Previously had COVID Get the Vaccine?

The vaccination may provide stronger or longer lasting protection than natural infection. For that reason, employees who have had COVID-19 will still be offered the vaccine. However, anyone currently infected with COVID-19 should wait to get vaccinated until after their illness has resolved and they have met return-to-work criteria set forth by COSH. You can find answers to most FAQs here.

REMINDER: FAQ- Can You Provide More Information about COVID-19 Variant in Colorado
For the past several weeks, health authorities in the United Kingdom (UK) have been concerned about a strain of coronavirus that has several mutations that may allow it to spread more easily from person to person. As of December 30th, this strain has been identified in two individuals in Colorado. Neither of these individuals had traveled to or had contact with anyone from the UK. Thus, it is likely that this strain is circulating in Colorado and across the United States as well. Fortunately, there is no evidence that this strain causes a more severe COVID-19 illness, nor any current concern that the vaccine will not work just as well against this strain. For now, the most important actions we can take are those we already do to protect ourselves, our families and our communities including wearing a mask, limiting contact with others and maintaining physical distancing. You can find answers to most FAQs here.

REMINDER: Denver Health Staff Vaccination Numbers

There are no vaccination clinics today due to the holiday. These vaccination numbers were last updated Dec. 30th at 4 p.m.

  • 3,345 employees and residents have received their first dose of vaccine.
  • 2,850 employees and residents have scheduled their second dose of vaccine.
  • 615 employees and residents are on the upcoming schedules for first doses.
  • 1,063 employees and residents have active MyChart accounts and have scheduling tickets, but have not scheduled a first dose yet.
  • 220 employees and residents have not activated their MyChart accounts yet.

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REMINDER: Changes to COVID Testing and Quarantine Recommendations for Patients

Denver Health is now offering COVID testing for established patients who are asymptomatic but have had close contact with someone with confirmed COVID-19. Please refer to the below guidance for details.

Testing of Asymptomatic Patients with a Close Contact Positive for COVID-19

· Established Denver Health Patients living with someone diagnosed with COVID (laboratory-confirmed) OR who has had a significant COVID exposure outside of the home may be tested 5 – 7 days after the last exposure.

· The Ambulatory COVID-19 SmartSet has been updated to reflect this change. This change is LIVE.

Changes to Quarantine Recommendations

· Patients who have close contact with a COVID-positive person AND are asymptomatic AND test negative by PCR at day 5-7 after exposure may be cleared for work or school/daycare after the 7th day following their last contact with the COVID-positive person. If symptoms develop, they should isolate and contact a healthcare provider to arrange testing. They should remain isolated until results are available.

· Patients who have close contact with a COVID-positive person AND are asymptomatic but DO NOT get tested should quarantine for at least 10 days following their last contact with the COVID-positive person.

Self-Isolation for Patients Who Test Positive

· Patients who test POSITIVE for COVID-19 should self-isolate for 10 days from the first day of symptoms (if asymptomatic, from the date of the positive test) AND be afebrile for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication AND other symptoms are improving (no change from prior guidance)

REMINDER: Updates Regarding 2nd Vaccine Dose Timing and Appointment Availability

The mRNA COVID vaccines require 2 doses. It is currently recommended to receive the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine about 21 days after the first, or within a window of 17 – 25 days (previous recommendation was 17 – 21 days). However, if your schedule or appointment availability do not fit that timeframe, please get something scheduled for the second dose after 25 days (but as near to that as possible). There is no evidence that receipt of the vaccine after 25 days will reduce its effectiveness.

Similarly, for the Moderna vaccine, it is currently recommended to receive the second dose of vaccine about 28 days after the first, or within a window of 24 – 32 days. If needed, you could get the second dose after day 32. While the timeframe is important, it is most critical to receive the second dose to get the best protection possible.

Also, more appointment slots have been added for the weeks of January 4th and January 11th to accommodate the need for second doses. If you have not already done so, please schedule your second dose via your MyChart account (MyChart.DenverHealth.org). If you were previously unable to schedule your second dose within the recommended 17 – 25 day window, instructions on how to reschedule your appointment can be found here. We have also attached the instructions to this Huddle Sheet for you to print out, post or share with your staff.

REMINDER: Holiday Notification

COSH is closed today in observance of the New Year’s Day holiday.

REMINDER: Vaccinations to begin at Denver Health Community Health Centers

Three Denver Health community centers will be providing the vaccine for Denver Health employees starting on Saturday, January 2: Lowry Family Health Center, Federico F. Peña Southwest Family Health Center and Sam Sandos Westside Health Center.

REMINDER: COVID-19 Vaccination Registration & Process
Note: Please review, and if needed, print and post the below communication (attached as a PDF) to staff common areas, and have copies on hand for those who need them.

For all those who have not completed the registration process, please do the following:

1. Fill Out the COVID-19 Vaccination Pre-registration Form: All employees should have received the pre-registration invite. All staff 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, email COVID_Vaccine@dhha.org to request another form.

2. Ensure You Have a MyChart Account (Setup Help is Available): Communication about vaccine scheduling will be sent to the email associated with your MyChart account when your vaccine time comes up. 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:

Call MyChart Support at 303-602-4380
Times: Monday thru Friday 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Please note: The Help Desk cannot assist with this request.

IMPORTANT: If you believe you are included in the 1A/1B group, but have not received expected communication on next steps:

· Log In to MyChart to see if you have an invitation for vaccine registration.
For login or support help: Call MyChart support (303-602-4380)

· If no invitation to register exists in MyChart, email COVID_Vaccine@dhha.org

3. Receive Your Invitation: Once your MyChart account is active, you will receive an invitation to schedule your first of two appointments through MyChart. For 1A/1B groups, these invitations were sent to those who indicated interest in receiving the vaccine. Important note: You need to LOG IN to MyChart to view the invitation to schedule the vaccination. The push from MyChart to email might not happen if you have blocked emails from MyChart or if you have a different email associated with MyChart than you usually use. Contact MyChart support for any MyChart access issues.

4. Schedule Your Vaccine: Schedule your appointment before you are scheduled to be off for a day or two in case you have mild post-vaccine symptoms. If not possible, schedule the next best option and notify your manager so they may work with you to facilitate 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 your vaccine appointment is complete, you will wait 15 minutes to be monitored for a reaction. During that time, you will receive an invite through MyChart to schedule your 2nd vaccination.

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

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

FACT SHEET: COVID-19 VACCINE SAFETY and EFFICACY

FACT SHEET: COVID-19 VACCINE DISTRIBUTION INFORMATION FOR STAFF

FAQ: COVID-19 VACCINE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

COVID-19 Vaccine Information on your Cell Phone – Just scan the QR code with your phone’s camera!

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