Uptick in COVID-19 Inpatients
As of Thursday, April 29, 24 COVID-19 positive patients are hospitalized at Denver Health. Twenty are on inpatient floors, and four are in the Intensive Care Unit. As of 10:30 a.m. today, Denver Health has administered 154,943 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. COVID-19 information for Denver County can be found by visiting Denver Public Health COVID-19 data.
Denver Health Resumes Johnson & Johnson Vaccine
Based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), Denver Health has resumed administration of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine. A brief pause of the vaccine was recommended earlier this month after reported cases of a rare but serious type of blood clot that occurs in the brain and/or abdomen was found in some individuals. Locations within Denver Health that will offer the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine will include:
Adult Inpatient Units (non-Intensive Care Unit)
Adult Urgent Care Center
Peña Southwest Urgent Care
Downtown Urgent Care
We will continue to look toward federal health officials and make additional updates and recommendations on vaccine distribution as information becomes available to us. Click here for more information.
Patients Under Age 16 Can Not Yet Schedule Vaccinations
To move to the new, simplified scheduling, Denver Health shut down our vaccine interest registration form on Monday afternoon and sent scheduling invites to everyone left on that waitlist. To streamline the process, we opted to invite everyone on the list, even if the birthdate entered was not accurate. If you, a patient or a family member put a child on this list who is 0-15 years old, they may have received an invitation to schedule. Epic has a safeguard in place that will not allow for anyone under 16 years old to schedule a vaccine appointment at this time. We will continue to open additional appointments once vaccines are approved for younger teens.
Outdoor Face Covering Requirements Loosen
The CDC has updated mask guidelines to allow vaccinated individuals to be unmasked outdoors. In line with this update, Denver Health is allowing for people to be on campus in outdoor areas without masks. However, masks should still be worn if the outdoor setting is crowded or when physical distancing cannot be maintained. Masks are still required in all indoor areas on all Denver Health campuses (except when eating/drinking or in a room alone with the door closed). Please continue to do your part to set a good example and to keep all our patients, visitors and staff safe.