Each day, you will receive a COVID-19 update, focused on what you need to know, what you need to do, and what you need to share. Please print this out to share as a Huddle Sheet with your team.

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

NEW: Denver Health Staff Vaccination Numbers

NEW: MyChart Vaccine Location Update

NEW: COVID-19 Vaccine Information/FAQ’s for Staff and Patients

REMINDER: Denver Health to Vaccinate All Remaining Staff Who Are Interested

REMINDER: Denver Moves to “Level Orange: High Risk”

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

What You Need to Know

As of 6:30 a.m. today, Denver Health had 38 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: Denver Health Staff Vaccination Numbers

These vaccination numbers were updated at 4 pm Jan. 5.

  • 3,777 employees and residents have received their first dose of vaccine.
  • 3,270 employees and residents have scheduled their second dose of vaccine.
  • 1,264 employees and residents are on the upcoming schedules for first doses.
  • 1,499 employees and residents have active MyChart accounts and have scheduling tickets, but have not scheduled a first dose yet.
  • 502 employees and residents have not activated their MyChart accounts yet.

NEW: MyChart Vaccine Location Update

MyChart is updating the location options for scheduling vaccines to indicate that Pavilion C is for Denver Health staff only. Please note, this includes all Denver Health workers, residents, contractors, volunteers, etc. All Denver Health patients should be directed to one of the ACS locations to schedule their vaccine.

NEW: COVID-19 Vaccine Information/FAQ’s for Staff and Patients

Frequently updated FAQs on safety, efficacy and roll out of vaccines both to staff and to patients can always be found at the bottom of each huddle sheet. These can be shared internally and to patients who have questions.

Staff have received several questions regarding breastfeeding mothers/pregnant women and vaccine safety. Please look to the FAQs for answers to these questions.

FACT SHEET: COVID-19 VACCINE SAFETY and EFFICACY FOR STAFF AND PATIENTS (Updated 12/30)

FACT SHEET: COVID-19 VACCINE DISTRIBUTION INFORMATION FOR STAFF (Updated 1/4)

FAQ: COVID-19 VACCINE FOR DENVER HEALTH STAFF (Updated 12/31)

FAQ: COVID-19 VACCINE FOR PATIENTS (Updated 1/4)

REMINDER: Denver Health to Vaccinate All Remaining Staff Who Are Interested

Denver Health is moving ahead to schedule COVID-19 vaccinations for all remaining employees who indicated they wished to receive the vaccine. As a public health institution, all of our employees are considered essential to supporting the organization under new guidance issued by the State of Colorado.

Invitations have been sent out to all Denver Health employees who have indicated on the COVID-19 Vaccination Pre-Registration Form that they are “interested” or “might be interested” in receiving the vaccine.

REMINDER: Denver Moves to “Level Orange: High Risk”

Governor Polis announced on Wednesday, Dec. 30, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment moved Denver to Level Orange on the State’s COVID-19 dial. The move comes with increased capacity limits at many local businesses, including a return to indoor dining at restaurants. This is triggered when there are:

· 15% positivity rate or less.

· 175 – 350 cases per 100,000.

· Greater than two new COVID-19 hospital admissions per day.

If transmission levels reverse and begin to escalate again, the state may re-impose greater restrictions. If cases, hospitalizations and the positivity rate remain on a significant decline, the state could move Denver back to a less restrictive level.

For more information on each level in the Dial framework, please visit https://covid19.colorado.gov/covid-19-dial

What You Need to Share

REMINDER: Updates Regarding 2nd Vaccine Dose Timing, Appointment Availability and how to Reschedule if Needed

The mRNA COVID vaccines require two 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 schedule the second dose after 25 days (or 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.

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 FOR STAFF AND PATIENTS (Updated 12/30)

FACT SHEET: COVID-19 VACCINE DISTRIBUTION INFORMATION FOR STAFF (Updated 1/4)

FAQ: COVID-19 VACCINE FOR DENVER HEALTH STAFF (Updated 12/31)

FAQ: COVID-19 VACCINE FOR PATIENTS (Updated 1/4)

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

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