COVID-19 Inpatient and Vaccination Numbers

Thirty-five COVID-19 positive patients are hospitalized at Denver Health. Twenty-five are on inpatient floors and 10 are in the Intensive Care Unit. As of 11 a.m. today, Denver Health has administered 261,909 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. See vaccination data for Denver County and the Denver metro area in the COVID-19 data summary on the Public Health Institute at Denver Health website.

State Reactivates Crisis Standards of Care for Staffing

On November 9, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) reactivated the Crisis Standards of Care (CSC) for health care staffing at the direction of Governor Jared Polis. The activation allows hospitals to access additional resources, reduce certain regulatory and documentation requirements, alter certain workflows to treat as many patients as possible, and provide health care workers with greater liability and licensure protections during this crisis. The Crisis Standards of Care will provide greater support and protections to our strained health care workforce. They don’t include rationing of care or triaging patients. The Crisis Standards of Care for health care staffing will also expand the availability of health care workers and resources, alter care delivery for COVID-19 patients and those with other conditions without requiring any new laws, and put guardrails and supports in place to optimize workplace and patient safety, health outcomes and staff resilience. To read the activated Standards of Care for health care workers, visit the CDPHE website.

The above information on Crisis Standards of Care was included in the COVID-19 Incident Command Communication Update that was emailed to staff yesterday.

While the Hospital Incident Command System (HICS) is activated, Incident Command staff will send periodic huddle sheets to everyone in the organization with updates about Denver Health’s COVID response. To limit repetition, we are pausing the “COVID-19 Response Updates” section of the 411.

We’ll continue to publish all updates about our pandemic response to the COVID-19 Response Updates page of the Denver Health COVID-19 Help Center. The information can also be accessed by clicking on the “updates” button of the COVID-19 Pulse subsite. If you have questions related to Denver Health’s COVID response, send an email toCOVID-19@dhha.org.

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