Denver Health Returns to Mandatory Masking Across Hospital System
Based on our current hospital and community COVID-19 rates and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, Denver Health will return to universal masking for all starting tomorrow. Masking will be required in all hospital, clinical and non-clinical buildings, regardless of individual vaccination status. This applies to both patient and non-patient facing areas, non-clinical buildings and common areas where people congregate.
For the latest FAQ on our masking policy, please click here. We will post signage and make masks available for individuals who don’t have one.
A number of factors weighed into this decision, and we recognize that changing guidance can be challenging. We appreciate your swift implementation of this policy as it creates the safest environment for both staff and patients. We will continually evaluate the situation and update you if circumstances change.
At this time, this decision to go back to universal masking does not impact meeting capacity numbers.
Hospital Incident Command Survey Due September 3
Emergency Management is seeking feedback from employees to identify strengths and opportunities for improvement from the COVID-19 Response that took place between March 2020 – June 2021. If you haven’t yet, please take a moment to complete the survey by next Friday, September 3. Your response will help us draft an after action report and improvement plan so we can better prepare for future incidents. The survey is available in English and in Spanish and should take no more than 15 minutes to complete. Thank you for your input.
COVID-19 Inpatient and Vaccination Numbers
Nineteen COVID-19 positive patients are hospitalized at Denver Health. Nine are on inpatient floors and ten are in the Intensive Care Unit. As of 8:30 a.m. today, Denver Health has administered 232,936 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 Booster Shots for Immunocompromised Patients
Denver Health is currently offering booster shots to immunocompromised patients who are 28 days out from their second shot. At the current time, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has not recommended a booster COVID-19 vaccine for individuals who are not immunocompromised. This means that the general public, including health care workers, are not yet advised to receive a third dose. Denver Health will incorporate changes in the future if the science indicates that a booster is required for non-immunocompromised individuals.
The weekly COVID-19 Response Updates that appear in the 411 are also published here. For more information and resources, visit the Denver Health COVID-19 Help Center. If you have questions related to Denver Health’s COVID-19 response, send an email to COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org.