TODAY’S COVID-19 INFORMATION

Thursday, January 20, 2022

NEW: Epidemiology Data and Notes

NEW: Updated Denver Health Employee COVID-19 Testing Questionnaire

NEW: Healthy Families and Workplaces Act Information and Session Times

NEW: Reminder on Employee Compliance with PPE Guidance

NEW: Denver Health PPE Inventory Update

REMINDER: RISE Services Available for Staff

What You Need to Know

NEW: Epidemiology Data and Notes

As of 6:30 AM Denver Health has 67 COVID-19 Patients, 54 are on the Floor, 13 in the ICU, 6 on a ventilator.

NEW: Updated Denver Health Employee COVID-19 Testing Questionnaire

In response to changing Federal recommendations regarding testing and continued staff input the Employee COVID-19 Testing Questionnaire has been updated. Updates to the questionnaire reflect our most up to date process, capabilities and capacity issues as well as the most up to date science regarding SARS-CoV-2 transmission.

Know: New Questionnaire is LIVE, TODAY, Thursday January 20, 2022

Updates to Questionnaire protocol include:

  1. Repeat testing after a positive home test is no longer needed for employees. Home tests are sufficient to qualify for HFWA, and must be reported in Employee COVID-19 Testing Questionnaire

  2. Because of changes in the recommended isolation periods, it is no longer necessary for employees to be tested beyond 5 days of symptom onset unless the result would change treatment options. Employees at high risk of severe COVID illness based on age or medical conditions may qualify for treatment if within 10 days of symptom onset.

  3. We are not doing asymptomatic testing of employees. Employees may however seek paid testing

Share: Employees with new signs/symptoms of COVID should continue to utilize the Employee COVID-19 Testing Questionnaire to receive instruction on the appropriate course of action.

Ask: If you have questions about the questionnaire please refer to the Employee COVID-19 Testing Questionnaire FAQ that answers questions regarding process, testing, and next steps for employees.

As testing supplies shift, collection availability changes, and as potentially new variants emerge, testing recommendations for employees may continue to evolve and change. Thank you all for your continued attention and effort as we navigate this pandemic together.

NEW: Healthy Families and Workplaces Act Information Sessions and Information

Information about the Healthy Families and Workplaces Act (HFWA) is available on the Leave of Absence Center subsite which includes the presentation from the January 11 Leadership Huddle. The presentation walks managers and employees through their options for leave, how to apply in their time card and other frequently asked questions.

You can view the full HFWA policy here.

Employees who have missed work due to a COVID-19 related reason must submit this application to the Leave of Absence office email, LOAFMLProcess@dhha.org.

Sign up for a 30-Minute Information Session on HFWA Leave

To ensure you feel comfortable with the Healthy Families and Workplaces Act (HFWA) information, the Leave of Absence team is hosting 30-minute information sessions to help you understand what to do when an employee misses work for a COVID-19 related reason. Sessions will be offered on the following days and time.

HFWA Question & Answer Sessions

Click here to select a meeting. Click “Open” on the bar at the bottom of the page, then “Accept” in the invite.

  • 1/21 3-3:30 p.m.

  • 1/24 12-12:30 p.m.

  • 1/27 7-7:30 a.m.

NEW: Reminder on Employee compliance with PPE Guidance

We are nearly 2 years into the COVID pandemic. It has been a long and arduous time. We are thankful for the development and availability of COVID vaccines, but it is important to remember that the vaccines are not 100% effective at preventing symptomatic infection.

It is therefore essential for the protection of our staff, patients, and families to continue to adhere to current PPE policies when caring for our patients, and continue to take precautions when not doing patient care, including wearing a mask, physical distancing, and avoiding crowds.

These measures are not only required by hospital policy and public health order, they remain a critical component of controlling the spread of COVID. Not wearing the appropriate PPE sends a conflicting message to other staff, patients, and visitors.

NEW: Denver Health PPE Inventory Update

Current PPE data can be located here.

REMINDER: RISE Services Available for 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.

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 HealthAdvocate.com, download the HealthAdvocate App or email answers@healthadvocate.com

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 YouTube Video

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