Each day, you will receive a COVID-19 update, focused on what you need to know, what you need to do, and what you need to share. Please print this out to share as a Huddle Sheet with your team.

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

What You Need to Know

As of 8 a.m. today, Denver Health had 22 inpatient COVID-19 cases (-5 vs yesterday).

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 p.m. today.

  • 5,514 employees and residents have received their first dose of vaccine.

  • 2,856 employees and residents have received their second dose of vaccine.

  • 1,202 employees and residents have active MyChart accounts and scheduling tickets, but have not scheduled a first dose yet.

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

REMINDER: Protests expected in Downtown area on Wednesday

Political demonstrations are expected to occur on Wednesday, Jan. 20. We are in communication with the Denver Police Department to assess the risk and will be increasing security to protect staff. We are closing the Downtown Urgent Care Center on Wednesday. Please re-direct our patients to our Urgent Care on the main campus, Peña or through telemedicine. Avoid the downtown areas on Wednesday if possible, and take care.

REMINDER: RISE Group Support for Social Unrest

The events of Jan. 6 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.

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.

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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