NEW: Epidemiology Data and Notes

NEW: Denver Health Staff Vaccination Numbers

NEW: Additional RISE sessions

NEW: Continue to limit in-person meetings

REMINDER: Be alert for cyber security attacks

REMINDER: Guidance for patients with anaphylaxis

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

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

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

REMINDER: Vaccine Symptoms and PTO

What You Need to Know

As of 8:00 a.m. today, Denver Health had 27 inpatient COVID-19 cases (+2yesterday).

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 4:30 pm Jan. 14.

  • 5,126 employees and residents have received their first dose of vaccine.

  • 2,731 employees and residents have scheduled their second dose of vaccine.

  • 2,035 employees and residents have received their second dose of vaccine.

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

  • 1,370 employees and residents have active MyChart accounts and have scheduling tickets, but have not scheduled a first dose yet.

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

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. Links provided below. Alternatively, you may email with a request to be registered.

· Jan 18, 2021 12:00 PM - Register in advance for this meeting

· Jan 20, 2021 12:00 PM - Register in advance for this meeting

· Jan 21, 2021 12:00 PM - Register in advance for this meeting

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

NEW: Denver Health is not ready to return to in-person meetings

If you are holding meetings, please continue to limit in-person attendance and use phone, WebEx and Zoom options. It’s important that we all continue to observe public health measures, such as mask wearing, social distancing and limiting in-person gatherings, despite the introduction of the vaccine. We must take every action to limit the spread of the virus to colleagues, patients, loved ones and the community.

REMINDER: Cyber Threats – Exercise Caution and Keep Denver Health Safe

Cyber threat actors are actively attempting to infiltrate health care organizations with ransomware. Some of these threats are targeting the COVID-19 vaccine supply chain. PLEASE be very careful with emails – pause, review the email including any links – hover over the link with your mouse pointer to ensure the actual Internet location matches the email. Hesitate before opening attachments within emails with the [EXTERNAL] tag in the email Subject Line. Clicking on a malicious link can cause Denver Health to fall victim to Ransomware or other security breaches. This could disable critical systems needed for patient care, including Epic, PACS, Biomed devices, etc. We need your help in preventing these threats from being successful.

NEW: Guidance for patients with a history of anaphylaxis

The Medical-Technical team has updated guidance for patients who have a history of anaphylaxis. Please see the documents below for updated policies.

· COVID-19 Vaccination of Individuals with History of Anaphylaxis

· COVID-19 Management of Anticipated Vaccine Reactions

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 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.

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 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





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

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