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

NEW: Denver Health Staff Vaccination Numbers

NEW: PPE Weekly Tracking Report

NEW: Denver Health Partners with DPS in Mass Vaccination Effort

NEW: How Staff Can Help with Vaccination Clinics

NEW: Clarify with Patients: We have Three Vaccination Clinic Locations on Campus

REMINDER: Outpatient Medical Center Opens Vaccine Clinics

REMINDER: Employee Side Effects of COVID-19 Vaccine and Coming to Work

What You Need to Know

As of 6:30 a.m. today, Denver Health had 19 inpatient COVID-19 cases (+4 from 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 5:00 p.m. today.

  • 6,918 employees and residents have received their first dose of vaccine.
  • 5,387 employees and residents have received their second dose of vaccine.

NEW: PPE Weekly Tracking Report

Products continue to shift between allocation and backorder. However, because of our approach to putting away safety stock, our on-hand inventories in PPE are holding steady across all categories. Weekly, we continue to look at high-value, on-contract, DHHA-inventory purchases in excess of demand. Demand has tracked up over the last 3 weeks in some categories and departments but we have expanded to the OMC and the Vaccine Clinics. We see little risk to the organization with this rise in volumes. Daily, we are actively pursuing the inputs required to expand our vaccination efforts. We’ve had success across all items but the market for 3ml and 1ml syringes, 25G needles, and gloves does continue to tighten. With all that said, we feel confident in our current holdings and will continue to buy the right products at the right volumes to assure continued support.

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 Partners with DPS in Mass Vaccination Effort

On Saturday, Denver Health is partnering with Denver Public Schools (DPS) to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to 1,000 teachers and staff - including administrators, drivers, and custodial workers. The mass vaccination clinic will be at our new Outpatient Medical Center (OMC). Educators and school support staff are vital to our community and getting more of them vaccinated will not only protect them but also help children get back in the classroom. Denver Health will continue to work with DPS until all of their staff members who want the vaccine are able to get it.

NEW: How Staff Can Help with Vaccination Clinics

We do need Denver Health staff members to help staff the vaccine clinics and there are a number of positions we need to fill. Talk to your supervisor before you sign up. Your supervisor’s approval is needed if you are staffing in a vaccine clinic as part of your regular shift. Fill out this Staff Interest Form and let us know which positions you are qualified to do in the vaccine clinics. After completing the Staff Interest Form, you’ll receive an email with next steps and a Cornerstone invite for Denver Health COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic Training for Support Services. This Cornerstone Training will take approximately 20-30 minutes. After completion, you will receive email instructions on Sling to start selecting shift assignments. Some overtime shifts may be approved on a limited basis for hourly employees. Salaried /exempt roles will not receive additional compensation for shifts worked.

Additionally, we are accepting applications for external clinical volunteers. If you know of individuals with a clinical background that can perform in needed roles, please direct them to the Denver Health volunteer website to fill out an application. We are not able to provide EPIC access to external clinical volunteers so positions are limited to reconstitution of medication and administering vaccinations. Please reiterate to your contacts that we are operationalizing multiple vaccine sites. It will take time for our team to reach out for scheduling depending on our internal timeline for opening more vaccination sites.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the Incident Command Center email: ICC_Labor@dhha.org.

NEW: Clarify with Patients: We have Three Vaccination Clinic Locations on Campus

We’ve had some confusion with patients going to the incorrect clinic for getting their vaccination. When registering them for appointments, please explain that we have three clinics on campus: Pavilion C, Immunization Clinic (Pavilion H) and the Outpatient Medical Center (Pavilion L.) The location for their appointment is listed on their MyChart invitation.

REMINDER: Outpatient Medical Center Opens Vaccine Clinic

Denver Health is now operating another vaccination clinic, this time inside the new Outpatient Medical Center (OMC). The clinic, currently located on the 6th floor in Outpatient Rehabilitation Services, is an extension of Denver Health’s continued vaccination efforts. The additional site will not interfere with any departmental moves into the OMC.

REMINDER: Employee Side Effects of COVID-19 Vaccine and Coming to Work

Common side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine include fever, chills, headaches, pain at the injection site and fatigue. After receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, you may consider taking acetaminophen or NSAIDs to try and minimize the potential side effects. If you develop these side effects, you may still come to work wearing appropriate PPE.

The screening questions you are required to answer prior to coming to work will be modified to include language specific to having received the COVID-19 vaccine. However, because these symptoms can also be consistent with COVID-19 infection, if the symptoms last longer than 48 hours after vaccination or if you develop any new respiratory symptoms (rhinorrhea, cough, shortness of breath) or other COVID-19 symptoms (sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or new loss of taste or smell) after vaccination, you will need to either leave work or stay home from work and complete the Employee Survey to determine if COVID-19 testing is needed.

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 2/3)

FAQ: COVID-19 VACCINE FOR PATIENTS (Updated 2/3)

COVID-19 Vaccine Information on your Cell Phone

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