TODAY’S COVID-19 INFORMATION
NEW: Epidemiology Data and Notes

NEW: Denver Health Staff Vaccination Numbers

NEW: Messaging on availability of vaccines for non-Denver Health patients

NEW: Employee testing

NEW: Messaging for employees who have not signed up for the vaccine

REMINDER: RISE Group Support for Social Unrest

REMINDER: Side effects of COVID-19 Vaccine and Coming to Work - Clarification

REMINDER: Vaccine Symptoms and PTO

REMINDER: Updates Regarding 2nd Vaccine Dose Timing, Appointment Availability and Rescheduling

What You Need to Know

As of 8:00 a.m. today, Denver Health had 29 inpatient COVID-19 cases (+1yesterday).

For more information, please visit the Denver Public Health COVID-19 Data Summary (please use Edge or Chrome). The website is updated daily and contains data on cases, hospitalization, deaths, testing and symptom monitoring.

NEW: Denver Health Staff Vaccination Numbers

These vaccination numbers were updated at 4:00 pm Jan. 12.

  • 4,838 employees and residents have received their first dose of vaccine.

  • 2,925employees and residents have scheduled their second dose of vaccine.

  • 740 employees and residents are on the upcoming schedules for first doses.

  • 1,392 employees and residents have active MyChart accounts and have scheduling tickets, but have not scheduled a first dose yet.

  • 395 employees and residents have not activated their MyChart accounts yet.

NEW: Messaging on availability of vaccines for non-Denver Health patients – for screeners, HIM, and appointment center

We continue to receive inquiries about the availability of vaccinations for non-Denver Health patients who are in a high-priority group. Denver Health updated its communication today and this has been posted to our website.

“Following State guidelines, we are currently offering vaccines to Denver Health patients age 70 and older with an established patient history. We are also working on a process to offer vaccinations to all residents of the City and County of Denver age 70 and older who are not currently Denver Health patients. This is a complex and fast-changing situation and we would ask for patience. We appreciate there is great demand in our community, but this is happening at the same time as we are vaccinating frontline, essential health care workers and public safety partners. The prioritization of who will receive the vaccine is determined by the State Health Department and the Governor’s Office, and we continue to update our vaccine plans in response to changing State guidelines. To find out more information about COVID-19 vaccination at Denver Health, we ask that you visit our Coronavirus Resources webpage frequently; content will be updated according to changes in state guidelines. As we develop clear guidance for vaccinating people who are non-Denver Health patients age 70 and older, we will announce details publicly.”

Employee Testing

Denver Health now has a MyChart Symptom Curbside COVID-19 Test Symptom Checker and Scheduling Tool. This tool was built to allow our patients to schedule their COVID tests electronically if they meet criteria and do not need urgent evaluation. Denver Health employees should NOT use this scheduling option but should continue to use the RedCaps Survey to schedule your test. Tests scheduled through RedCaps are prioritized. If you test using MyChart, your Test appointment and/or results may be significantly delayed.

Messaging to employees who have not signed up to receive vaccination

In the coming days messaging will be sent to employees who have not signed up to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. We want to ensure that all employees have the opportunity to receive vaccination. Communication will be sent to those people who said “No” in response to the original communication, as well as those who did not indicate whether they were in interested in the vaccine.

NEW: RISE Group Support for Social Unrest

The events on Wednesday, January 6th at the U.S. Capitol were unprecedented and unsettling. Some may be experiencing amplified anxiety, fear, or other kinds of psychological distress. During a time when we may feel the instability and insecurity of our nation, RISE this group can provide an emotionally safe space to discuss the ways in which we are impacted. All Denver Health personnel are welcome and group content is confidential. Please register in advance. Alternatively, you may email dhrise@dhha.org with a request to be registered.

Thursday, Jan 14, 2021 at 12pm - Register for this meeting: RISE Group Support for Social Unrest

RISE Group Support sessions are free, strictly confidential and facilitated by RISE peer responders who are trained to provide emotional support and psychological first aid. Click here to register

REMINDER: Side effects of COVID-19 Vaccine and Coming to Work – Clarification

Common side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine include fever, chills, headaches, pain at the injection site and fatigue. After receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, you may consider taking acetaminophen or NSAIDs to try and minimize the potential side effects. If you develop these side effects, you may still come to work wearing appropriate PPE.

The screening questions you are required to answer prior to coming to work will be modified to include language specific to having received the COVID-19 vaccine. However, because these symptoms can also be consistent with COVID-19 infection, if the symptoms last longer than 48 hours after vaccination or if you develop any new respiratory symptoms (rhinorrhea, cough, shortness of breath) or other COVID-19 symptoms (sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or new loss of taste or smell) after vaccination, you will need to either leave work or stay home from work and complete the Employee Survey to determine if COVID-19 testing is needed.

REMINDER: Vaccine Symptoms and PTO

Employees who need to take time off due to normal COVID vaccine side effects, whether that be the day after the first dose or the day after the second dose, can do so under the Colorado Healthy Families and Workplaces Act (HFWA).

In order to have this time covered under HFWA, employees or their supervisors need to code the time as D_ILL, and complete the HFWA application. This means PTO may be used at first and will be given back once the application is processed.

The application needs to be returned to the Leave of Absence office at LOAFMLProcess@dhha.org as soon as possible after the leave is taken. Employees who have already taken the maximum amount of time eligible under the HFWA (2 weeks of leave) will be given one additional day of leave to cover this absence. Any absences beyond that will be covered by PTO or go unpaid.

Additionally, the day of leave following the employee receiving the COVID-19 vaccine only applies to DH employees. Contractors need to work through their staffing agency for Healthy Families and Workplaces leave.

REMINDER: Updates Regarding 2nd Vaccine Dose Timing, Appointment Availability and Rescheduling

In order to avoid scheduling issues, we are strongly encouraging all employees to schedule their second vaccine appointment right after their first.

Once you complete your first vaccination you will receive another MyChart invitation for the second. As you sit and wait in the adjacent room, please access MyChart on your phone for available times.

If you were previously unable to schedule your second dose within the recommended 17 – 25 day window, instructions on how to reschedule your appointment can be found here. We have also attached the instructions to this Huddle Sheet for you to print out, post or share with your staff.

Helpful Links:

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment – Vaccine for Coloradans

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Coronavirus Information

Denver Department of Public Health and Environment Coronavirus Information

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus Information

Denver Public Health Website

Denver Health Visitor Policy

Please email COVID-19@dhha.org with any questions.

Denver Health COVID-19 Resources:

COVID-19 Staff Resources section on our website

Staff Screening and Testing FAQ

Coronavirus Share Point site

Denver Health COVID-19 Help Center which allows you to search for documents and resources

RISE Subsite – please note the new hours: 10:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., 7 days a week

RISE Virtual Group Support Registration

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

FACT SHEET: COVID-19 VACCINE SAFETY and EFFICACY FOR STAFF AND PATIENTS (Updated 12/30)

FACT SHEET: COVID-19 VACCINE DISTRIBUTION INFORMATION FOR STAFF (Updated 1/4)

FAQ: COVID-19 VACCINE FOR DENVER HEALTH STAFF (Updated 12/31)

FAQ: COVID-19 VACCINE FOR PATIENTS (Updated 1/4)

COVID-19 Vaccine Information on your Cell Phone – Just scan the QR code with your phone’s camera!

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