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

NEW: Denver Health Staff Vaccination Numbers

REMINDER: Governor Polis Modifies COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Guidance

REMINDER: Vaccine Interest Registration Now Open

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

REMINDER: Vaccine Symptoms and PTO

What You Need to Know

As of 6:30 a.m. today, Denver Health had 26 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 4:30 p.m. today.

  • 6,374 employees and residents have received their first dose of vaccine.
  • 4,545 employees and residents have received their second dose of vaccine.
  • 379 employees and residents have active MyChart accounts and scheduling tickets, but have not scheduled a first dose yet.

What You Need to Share

REMINDER: Governor Polis Modifies COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Guidance

Beginning February 8, anyone 65 and over will be eligible for vaccination, including those that are 70 and over who have not yet received a vaccine. Denver Health patients will be contacted directly to schedule their vaccine appointment, and non-patients who sign up on the vaccine interest registration form will receive a notification to schedule an appointment as vaccine is available and appointment slots are opened.

Colorado’s PreK-12 educators will also be eligible to receive the vaccine on February 8. Educators should reach out to their employers to sign up for the vaccine. For more information on the updated guidance, please visit https://covid19.colorado.gov/vaccine.

REMINDER: Vaccine Interest Registration Now Open

Denver Health joined other area hospitals in opening up online and phone registration for the COVID-19 vaccine to anyone that meets priority guidelines from the State. The vaccination registration form and hotline are 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 and current priority groups. 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.

REMINDER: 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: 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.

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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