Monday, February 7, 2022

NEW: Epidemiology Data and Notes

NEW: Visitor Guidelines Update – Return to Tier 2

REMINDER: Additional Vaccination Series Recommended for Immunocompromised Individuals

REMINDER: RISE Services Available for Staff

What You Need to Know

NEW: Epidemiology Data and Notes

As of 6:30 AM Denver Health has 12 COVID-19 Patients, 9 are on the Floor, 3 in the ICU, and 1 on a ventilator.

NEW: Visitor Guidelines Update – Return to Tier 2

Effective Tuesday, February 8, 2022, Denver Health will return to Tier 2 visitor allowances. See table below for a summary of the standard visitor allowances in Tier What you need to know:

  • The primary change is that non-COVID patients in Adult Critical and Acute Care Units will be allowed 2 visitors per day (no switches).

  • There are a variety of patient and visitor communication resources attached to the complete “Visitor Guidelines” on PolicyStat.

  • We continue to have a pre-defined list of “Other Allowable Visits” for both COVID and non-COVID patients.

Throughout the pandemic, Denver Health has remained committed to maintaining the presence of visitors in all health care settings to support the delivery of high-quality, patient-centric care, while ensuring the safest environment for staff, patients, and the community.

REMINDER: Additional Vaccination Series Recommended for Immunocompromised Individuals

The CDC recommends an additional primary vaccine as well as a booster shot in some immunocompromised people. The link to these recommendations can be found here.

Immunocompromised persons should receive two primary doses, a third dose and then after an appropriate interval a booster dose (4 total).

Denver Health’s Epic is already programmed to fire Best Practice Alerts (BPA) for individuals who may meet criteria.

There may also be patients who are eligible, for whom the BPA may not fire—in this instance a provider order will be necessary.

The list of conditions that the CDC recommends includes:

  • Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood

  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system

  • Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system

  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)

  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection

  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response.

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 sessionsare 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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