Masking Guidelines Relaxed for Fully Vaccinated Employees
Fully vaccinated employees can discontinue routine masking in non-clinical buildings, and in staff break rooms, offices and areas of clinical buildings where patients and visitors are not present. Unvaccinated employees must continue wearing face coverings because they remain at high risk of COVID-19 infection and spreading the virus to others. All employees, whether vaccinated or not, are required to wear a mask or face covering when in clinical areas where patients and visitors may be present. This includes exam rooms, clinical waiting rooms, hallways and lobbies of clinical buildings, elevators, and nursing stations. These changes only apply to employees, as all patients and visitors are still required to wear face coverings in the hospital and clinics. The changes come after updated guidance from the State of Colorado, the City of Denver, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), advising that fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear a mask except in health care settings and on public transportation. Our experts from Infectious Diseases, Infection Prevention, Public Health, and Primary Care made the decision to update the Denver Health masking policy after reviewing the supporting data and our own staff vaccination rates. So far, 80% of Denver Health’s workforce has been vaccinated. Unvaccinated employees are encouraged to get vaccinated and can make an appointment on our website.
Please read this email sent out yesterday by Chief Medical Officer Dr. Connie Savor Price and Denver Health’s Frequently Asked Questions on our updated masking policy. The FAQ includes guidance on hosting meetings with vaccinated and unvaccinated employees.
If you have questions regarding masking, send an email to ICC_Safety_Med_Tech@dhha.org.
COVID-19 Inpatient and Vaccination Numbers
Fourteen COVID-19 positive patients are hospitalized at Denver Health. Nine are on inpatient floors and five are in the Intensive Care Unit. As of 9:45 a.m. today, Denver Health has administered 185,670 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. COVID-19 information for Denver County can be found by visiting Denver Public Health COVID-19 data.
COVID-19 Leadership Update
Want to see an overview on the latest COVID-19 statistics for the state, the city and within our hospital system? You can find it in this week’s COVID-19 Leadership Update PowerPoint presentation. The update includes information about our current vaccine inventory, doses administered and more.