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

NEW: Denver Health Staff Vaccination Numbers

REMINDER: Protests expected Downtown

REMINDER: Additional RISE sessions

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

REMINDER: Vaccine Symptoms and PTO

REMINDER: Be alert for cyber security attacks

What You Need to Know

As of 8:00 a.m. today, Denver Health had 28 inpatient COVID-19 cases (-4 Vs yesterday).

· The Denver County COVID-19 test positivity rate 7-day moving average is 4.5%.

· The Denver County COVID-19 number of cases 7-day moving average is 226 (see chart below).

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

NEW: Denver Health Staff Vaccination Numbers

These vaccination numbers were updated at 3:00 p.m. today.

  • 5,447 employees and residents have received their first dose of vaccine.

  • 2,464 employees and residents have scheduled their second dose of vaccine.

  • 2,628 employees and residents have received their second dose of vaccine.

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

  • 1,298 employees and residents have active MyChart accounts and have scheduling tickets, but have not scheduled a first dose yet.

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

REMINDER: Protests expected in Downtown area, Sunday and Wednesday – take care

Demonstrations are expected on both Sunday, January 17th and Wednesday, January 20th. We are in communication with the Denver Police Department to assess the risk and will be increasing security to protect staff. We will be closing the Downtown Urgent Care Center next Wednesday. Patients will be able to use our urgent care center on the main campus, Peña or through telemedicine. Avoid the downtown areas on both Sunday and Wednesday if possible, and take care.

REMINDER: 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 dhrise@dhha.org 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

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). To claim the time 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.

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: Cyber Threats – Exercise Caution and Keep Denver Health Safe

Cyber threat actors are actively attempting to infiltrate health care organizations and the vaccine supply chain with ransomware. 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 patient care systems, including Epic, PACS, Biomed devices, etc.

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 (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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