Friday, January 28, 2022

NEW: Epidemiology Data and Notes

NEW: Updates Coming to In-Person Patient Scheduling/Screening Re: Infectious Diseases

REMINDER: Updated Denver Health Employee COVID-19 Testing Questionnaire

REMINDER: RISE Services Available for Staff

What You Need to Know

NEW: Epidemiology Data and Notes

As of 6:30 AM Denver Health has 31 COVID-19 Patients, 23 are on the Floor, 8 in the ICU, 3 on a ventilator.

NEW: Updates Coming to In-Person Patient Scheduling/Screening Re: Infectious Diseases

To create consistency in messaging for our patients, we are standardizing the questions and scripting when patients schedule and check in for appointment regardless of entry point. To avoid duplication, and to capture all infectious disease information, a general infectious disease screening questionnaire will be implemented at registration for in-person appointments.

All other variations will be discontinued early next week and will be replaced with an updated version – this includes entry points like the call-center, MyChart and in-person visits.

Infection Prevention will be rolling out standard work on what to do depending on patient responses (e.g. immediate patient rooming, PPE requirements, etc.). Patients coming in for appointments will be seen as planned rather than being directed to reschedule or switch to telehealth and will be required to wear appropriate PPE and follow appropriate infectious disease guidelines. Staff will continue to be required to wear appropriate PPE which is readily available.

We will provide updated language for the screening to staff/clinics early next week.

REMINDER: 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.

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, 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 YouTube Video

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