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

NEW: Denver Health Vaccination Numbers

NEW: Denver Health COVID-19 Moment of Silence, Friday March 12, 12:00 PM
REMINDER: CDC Updates Guidelines for People Who Are Fully Vaccinated

REMINDER: Inpatient COVID-19 Vaccination
REMINDER: Vaccine Tickets for New Employees
REMINDER: Dates Available for RISE Group Support for Grief & Loss

What You Need to Know

As of 6:30 a.m. today, Denver Health had 11 inpatient COVID-19 cases (same as 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 Vaccination Numbers

Staff vaccination numbers were updated at 3 p.m. today.

  • 6,769 employees (+ affiliated staff/contractors) and residents/students have received their first dose of vaccine.

  • 6,346 employees (+ affiliated staff/contractors) and residents/students have received their second dose of vaccine.

In total, Denver Health has administered 68,781 doses of COVID-19 vaccine to staff, patients and members of the public who are eligible according to State guidelines.

NEW: Denver Health to Participate in COVID-19 Moment of Silence, Friday March 12, at 12:00 PM

This Friday, March 12, at 12:00 PM, Denver Health will join the City of Denver in a moment of silence to observe and reflect on the past year since COVID-19 first arrived in our community. The moment of silence is a time to remember the lives of loved ones lost, and to stand with the communities which were hit hardest and continue to struggle with COVID-19. It is also an opportunity to reflect on the dedication of our staff and incredible achievements made over the last year in the field of health care and public health. Staff are encouraged to take a moment of silence in their workspace and with their colleagues as we look back on this past year.

REMINDER: CDC Updates Guidelines for People Who Are Fully Vaccinated

COVID-19 vaccines are effective at protecting you from getting sick, as well as effective in decreasing asymptomatic virus shedding. Based on what we know about COVID-19 vaccines, the CDC has updated guidance that people who have been fully vaccinated can start to do some things that they had stopped doing because of the pandemic such as socializing with other vaccinated individuals indoors. However, Colorado is still under a state mandate to wear masks and therefore we cannot remove the mask requirement at Denver Health. Denver Health is looking into how the CDC guidelines can be adopted at our facility in the coming weeks.

When in public, we recommend that all individuals, even those who are fully vaccinated, keep taking precautions in public places like wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces.

People are considered fully vaccinated:

· 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, like the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or

· 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

If it has been less than 2 weeks since your shot, or if you still need to get your second dose, you are NOT fully protected. Keep taking all prevention steps until you are fully vaccinated.

REMINDER: Inpatient COVID-19 Vaccination
Effective on Monday, March 8, inpatient COVID-19 vaccinations will shift to use of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine. The primary rationale for this switch lies in the need for only a single-dose to complete this vaccine regimen, greatly simplifying the process for inpatients. While there are differences between the three currently available COVID-19 vaccines, all have demonstrated extremely high levels of protection against COVID-19 related hospitalization and death. An FAQ with more detailed descriptions and comparisons can be found HERE. Provided we continue to have supply of the J&J vaccine, we will not be using other vaccines for inpatients.

REMINDER: Vaccine Tickets for New Employees
New employees who are interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine may request an appointment order by emailing the COVID_vaccine@dhha.org inbox from their Denver Health email. As vaccine inventory allows, we are sending invitations to employees for scheduling into available appointments.

REMINDER: Dates Available for RISE Group Support for Grief & Loss
March represents an anniversary. One year ago, Denver Health’s Incident Command was launched, we entered lockdown here in Colorado, and our lives both personally and professionally were drastically altered. And across this year, many of us have been navigating various forms of loss, including, but not limited to the death of loved ones and colleagues, the “normalcy” of the rhythm of our lives, dreams and expectations, connection to family and friends. RISE Group Support can provide an emotionally safe space to discuss the ways in which we are impacted. All Denver Health personnel (clinical and nonclinical, patient-facing and non-patient facing, trainees and employees, contractors and volunteers) are welcome and group content is confidential. Please register in advance. Links are provided below. Alternatively, you may email dhrise@dhha.org with a request to be registered.

RISE Group Support for Grief and Loss

This group provides support around the various forms of grief and loss during Covid-19.

· Thursday, March 11, 2021 12:00 PM

Register in advance for this meeting: Grief & Loss 3/11

· Thursday, March 18, 2021 12:00 PM

Register in advance for this meeting: Grief & Loss 3/18

· Thursday, March 25, 2021 12:00 PM

Register in advance for this meeting: Grief & Loss 3/25

RISE’s mission is to provide timely and confidential support of trained peer responders to Denver Health personnel who are impacted by distressing workplace events.

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

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

COVID-19 SharePoint 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 p.m., 7 days a week

RISE Virtual Group Support Registration

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

FAQ: COVID-19 VACCINE FOR PATIENTS AND COMMUNITY (Updated 3/5)

FAQ: COVID-19 VACCINE FOR DENVER HEALTH STAFF (Updated 2/3)

FACT SHEET: COVID-19 VACCINE DISTRIBUTION INFORMATION FOR STAFF (Updated 2/3)

COVID-19 Vaccine Information on your Cell Phone

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