Friday, Nov 19, 2021

NEW: Epidemiology Data and Notes

NEW: Changing our COVID-19 Testing Process Starting Monday, November 22

NEW: Pre-Procedure COVID-19 Testing Policy

REMINDER: RISE Services Available for all Staff

What You Need to Know

NEW: Epidemiology Data and Notes

As of 6:30 AM Denver Health has 25 COVID-19 Patients, 21 are on the Floor, 4 in the ICU, 5 on a ventilator.

NEW: Changing our COVID-19 Testing Process Starting November 22

As part of our long term COVID-19 strategy, we are transitioning to a new workflow designed to improve access and efficiency around COVID-19 testing. Denver Health will no longer be conducting curbside COVID-19 testing as of Monday, November 22. Testing will continue to be offered during primary care visits in our community clinics. Additionally, we will be offering COVID-19 testing on our main campus in the new Outpatient Medical Center (OMC) (Pavilion L) Lab.

  • Testing will go live at Pav L Lab next week; hours will be 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Sunday will be open for employees and our Urgent Care patients. Patients will be scheduled with a provider and the provider will be ordering the COVID-19 test. Patients may also be screened by a nurse during a nurse visit and have an order placed. PLEASE TRY to schedule these tests from a BILLABLE visit as this will help to try to recoup costs for DH.

  • Here are more details about the testing:

    • Every patient must have an order to be tested

    • The order will allow the patient to be scheduled in the Pav L Lab

    • No walk-in patients will be accepted

    • Patients may also self-schedule in MyChart once an order is placed or can schedule through the appointment center.

    • Patients will park at the lot of OMC and walk into Pav L for the test

    • Patients will be permitted in by the screeners

    • All patients must wear a mask as per current policy

    • Employees with symptoms or concerns for exposure should continue to fill out the RedCap survey to be tested

  • Training for the new process was completed this week. However, additional times will be offered next week.

NEW: Pre-procedure Testing Policy

Denver Health is scaling back our pre-procedure tests due to current constraints in national testing supplies. We have tried to find a balance to accomplish our goal of better managing staff time and limited resources, along with the health and safety needs of our medical teams and patients.

The below policy, approved through Incident Command, goes into effect on Monday, November 22.

  1. Pre-procedure tests indicated if symptomatic (regardless of vaccination status)

    1. If positive and elective, delay procedures x 10 days

    2. If positive and urgent/emergent, use N95 and perform procedures and leave door closed x 1 hour

    3. If negative, proceed with medical mask and no room closure after procedure

  2. No pre-procedure test for asymptomatic unvaccinated

    1. Use N95 but no room closure after procedure

  3. No pre-procedure test for asymptomatic vaccinated

    1. Use medical mask

Because we have heard concerns from various specialty departments about adjustments to this pre-procedure testing policy, Incident Command is currently working on a pilot program for rapid antigen testing for aerosol generating procedures in asymptomatic patients, with a focus on unvaccinated individuals if warranted.

REMINDER: RISE (Resilience in Stressful Events) Resources for Denver Health Staff

RISE (Resilience in Stressful Events) welcomes all Denver Health staff to attend support sessions (individual and group) for any work-related stress. The free and confidential sessions, are facilitated by RISE responders who are trained to provide emotional support and psychological first aid.

The New RISE Up Staff Support Center is in Pavilion B, on first floor just past Subway and behind the elevators, with operating hours 10:30 AM – 8:00 PM.

We know this is a challenging time and encourage staff to use these resources and please make appointments.

Staff can make appointments to meet with a RISE Responder in the Center through this link: Calendly - RISE Up Staff Support Center.

You can also get help 24/7 by calling 303-436-RISE (7473).

RISE can also assist staff in connecting with the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) by Health Advocate.

Denver Health’s Employee Assistance Program is completely confidential and can help guide you to financial, emotional and physical well-being resources. The program offers up to five free counseling sessions for staff members and their immediate family. Call 866-799-2691, visit, download the HealthAdvocate App or email

Denver Health COVID-19 Resources:

Quarantine Instructions for Vaccine-exempt Employees

Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs for Staff

Denver Health Staff Masking Policy FAQ

Denver Health Pediatric Vaccination One-Pager

Denver Health Pediatric School Mass Vaccination Schedule/One-Pager

Denver Health Pediatric YouTube Video

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