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

NEW: Denver Health Staff Vaccination Numbers

NEW: Hospital Incident Command System (HICS): Structure Update for COVID-19 Vaccine Focus

UPDATE: Use of Face Shields Required for COVID-19 Patient Care Only

REMINDER: Open Forum for COVID-19 Vaccine Questions – Jan. 29

REMINDER: Vaccine Symptoms and PTO

REMINDER: Denver Health’s New Vaccine Registration for the General Public Age 70 and over

What You Need to Know

As of 6:30 a.m. today, Denver Health had 27 inpatient COVID-19 cases (-3 vs yesterday).

For more information, visit the Denver Public Health COVID-19 Data Summary (use Edge or Chrome). The website is updated daily and contains data on cases, hospitalization, deaths, testing and symptoms.

NEW: Denver Health Staff Vaccination Numbers

These vaccination numbers were updated at 4 p.m. today.

  • 6,015 employees and residents have received their first dose of vaccine.
  • 3,993 employees and residents have received their second dose of vaccine.
  • 369 employees and residents have active MyChart accounts and scheduling tickets, but have not scheduled a first dose yet.

NEW: Hospital Incident Command System (HICS): Structure Update for COVID-19 Vaccine Focus

Since March you have probably heard a lot of emergency management jargon such as “Incident Command,” “Section Chiefs,” “span & control,” among others. But what does this all mean for us navigating response to the COVID-19 Pandemic? Over the past several weeks we have seen a steady decline in the number of COVID+ cases and hospitalizations, and with an increased focus on administering the COVID-19 Vaccinations, our Hospital Incident Command has pivoted to focus on these efforts. Learn how we put the Hospital Incident Command structure into play for COVID-19 vaccination efforts HERE or in the attached document.

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UPDATE: Use of Face Shields Required for COVID-19 Patient Care Only. Masks Remain Mandatory for All Staff at Work

As more Denver Health staff get vaccinated and COVID-19 prevalence has decreased in the Community, we are returning to optional use of face shields for staff outside of COVID-19 patient care. All staff working with patients on Special Respiratory Isolation for COVID-19 are required to continue to use face shields.

Staff members are also reminded that face masks remain required (as applicable to your job), whether or not you have gotten your second vaccine. Face masks and face shields continue to be another line of defense in protecting yourself, your colleagues and your patients. At this time, there is no timeline for when this directive will be lifted.

REMINDER: Open Forum for COVID-19 Vaccine Questions – Jan. 29

“COVID-19 Vaccinations: An interactive hour to discuss vaccine safety and efficacy.

This Friday, at noon, Dr. James Gaensbauer, Pediatric Infectious Disease physician will lead a WebEx forum on COVID-19 Vaccinations. The intention of this forum is to help answer staff questions about the vaccine. An invitation has been sent to staff who originally answered that they hadn’t decided if they wanted to get the vaccine/individuals who have yet to sign up for a first dose.

We are extending this invite to other staff as well, with the hopes that an open dialogue will help individuals make an informed decision for themselves.

To participate in the WebEx please add the attached invite to your calendar for Friday, January 29th, 2021 from 12:00 – 1:00 PM and come ready with questions.

REMINDER: Vaccine Symptoms and PTO

Employees who need to take time off due to normal COVID vaccine side effects, whether that be the day after the first dose or the day after the second dose, can do so under the Colorado Healthy Families and Workplaces Act (HFWA). To claim the time under HFWA, employees or their supervisors need to code the time as D_ILL, and complete the HFWA application. This means PTO may be used at first and will be given back once the application is processed.

The application needs to be returned to the Leave of Absence office at LOAFMLProcess@dhha.org as soon as possible after the leave is taken. Employees who have already taken the maximum amount of time eligible under the HFWA (2 weeks of leave) will be given one additional day of leave to cover this absence. Any absences beyond that will be covered by PTO or go unpaid.

The day of leave following the employee receiving the COVID-19 vaccine only applies to DH employees. Contractors need to work through their staffing agency for Healthy Families and Workplaces leave.

REMINDER: Vaccine Registration Open for All Area Residents 70 and over

On Friday, Denver Health joined other area hospitals in opening up online and phone registration for the COVID-19 vaccine to anyone age 70 and older, in accordance with guidelines from the State. The vaccination registration form and hotline is for individuals to indicate interest in receiving a vaccination. Once people are registered, we will contact them to schedule an appointment based on vaccine availability. The online form and hotline are on the Denver Health website.

NOTE: Denver Health patients should not sign up through the COVID-19 Vaccine Interest Registration Form. We continue to reach out to our patients through MyChart, email, phone and our normal processes to schedule appointments when their priority group becomes eligible. Once invitations are sent, patients can still schedule an appointment through MyChart or through the appointment center at 303-436-4949.

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 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 (12/30)

FACT SHEET: COVID-19 VACCINE DISTRIBUTION INFORMATION FOR STAFF (Updated 1/22)

FAQ: COVID-19 VACCINE FOR DENVER HEALTH STAFF (Updated 1/22)

FAQ: COVID-19 VACCINE FOR PATIENTS (Updated 1/25)

COVID-19 Vaccine Information on your Cell Phone

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