What is Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

State, local, and federal health officials are continuously monitoring and responding to an on-going outbreak of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). Cases have been identified globally, including within the United States.  Coronaviruses are not a new family of viruses and are common in different species of animals including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. In humans, there are multiple strains that can cause mild respiratory symptoms or even the common cold.  In years’ prior, other strains have been associated with SARS and MERS.

For up-to-date Coronavirus Resources please check ANA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources Link Here

Additional Resources

Colorado Healthcare Facilities Urgently Seeking Staff

November 17, 2020

Colorado hospitals and long term care facilities are facing a critical shortage of staff to provide ongoing care for both COVID+ and non-COVID patients.  Both urban and rural facilities are experiencing increase need for staff due to multiple factors, one of which is the increasing COVID+ health care workers.

Colorado Hospital Association is offering a central registration process for available nursing and respiratory therapy staff.  The systems is easy to access and register on and resources will be shared both short-term and long-term for contingency staffing.

Colorado Rural Health Centers are also coordinating a healthcare provider recruitment and retention program for those nurses that are looking for opportunities specifically in rural areas.

To access these links:

Colorado Rural Health Provider Recruitment

Colorado Hospital Association Workforce Registration 

ANA Launches Nurse Suicide Prevention & Resilience Resource Site

National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month is observed in September, but the need for awareness and resources is not bound by time or date. The American Nurses Association (ANA) is committed to meeting the needs of nurses by offering a NEW Nurse Suicide Prevention and Resilience Resource Site .
 
Research indicates that nurses are at a much higher risk of suicide than the general public. During this unprecedented time, nurses are struggling with mental health issues like fear, anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress as they respond to COVID-19 and continue to care for all patients. Effectively managing these mental health issues are essential in nurse suicide prevention. 
To read more, access the resources and tools, click here.  
 

We encourage all nurses to check out the site, bookmark the pages, and share the resources with a colleague or a friend in need.  

Nurses, you are not alone.  Help is available.  Learn more here.

Colorado COVID-19 Updates

Executive Order Updates

Governor Polis Quick Links to Stay Up to Date

State Board of Nursing Executive Order Explained 

Connect to Care Jobs Health Worker Registration Website

Emergency Rules Expand Healthcare Workforce, Aid New Graduates During COVID -19 Crisis

Colorado COVID-19 Hospital Data

Colorado Releases Crisis Standards of Care in Response to COVID-19

Colorado Volunteer Mobilizer for Medical and Public Health Professionals Register Here

Webinar Recording Keeping Nursing Home Residents and Staff Safe in the Era of COVID-19

Workforce Resources

COVID-19 Workforce Virtual Toolkit: Resources for Healthcare Decision-Makers Responding to COVID-19 Workforce Concerns

Colorado Department Public Health & Environment Long Term Care Recommendations

National Academy of Medicine and American Public Health Association COViD-19 Webinar Series

American Nurses Associations Resources    

Contingent Workforce Competency Assessment Toolkit

Colorado Emergency Licensing Measures for Health Care Professionals

Colorado Department of Labor Emergency Leave with Pay Rules

OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
Includes information on protection of workers with high exposure risk and personal protective equipment. Other OSHA information can be found here.

DORA FAQ's for Health Professionals

Practice : Academic Partnerships To Assist the Nursing Workforce COVID-19

Joint Commission COVID Resources

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Worker Training Resources

Outbreak Preparedness and Response Resource Provided by Association for In Infection Control & Epidemiology

Self Care Resources

Short Self Care Videos by SIG 31 Members

ANA Nurses Well-being Initiative

“How Nurses Can Protect Themselves as They Work to Save Others” Georgetown University Nursing Department

Healthy Nurse Healthy Nation Resources

Springer Publishing Free Resources for Self Care

Headspace

Everyday Health Resilience Toolkit

Ohio State College of Nursing Staying Calm and Well in the Midst of the COVID-19 Storm

American Holistic Nursing Association Quick Guide to Self Care

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

COVID19.Colorado.Gov  Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment & State Emergency Operations Center

The Situation in Colorado 
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), our Local Public Health Agencies (LPHA) and our communities to provide updated information about COVID-19

CDC Updates

What's New?
You can also keep up with CDC updates on Coronavirus Disease 2019 by signing up for email updatessyndicating available content, and subscribing to Coronavirus Disease 2019 RSS Feed.

CDC Information and Resources
Includes resources from the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

CDC on Mass Gatherings or Large Community Events
CDC recommends canceling, postponing, or conducting virtually in-person events that consist of 50 people or more for next 8 weeks. Recommendation does not apply to day to day operation of schools, institutes of higher learning, or businesses.

Federal and CMS Update

CMS Issues New Wave of Infection Control Guidance Based on CDC Guidelines to Protect Patients and Healthcare Workers from COVID-19

CMS Announces Blanket Waivers March 30, 2020

CMS Issues COVID-19 Guidance on Infection Control, Protective Equipment
The ever-growing list of resources from CMS includes guidance related to particular settings including hospice, SNFs, and home health.

CMS COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Health Care Providers Fact Sheet
In response to COVID-19, CMS is empowered to take proactive steps through 1135 waivers and rapidly expand the Administration’s aggressive efforts against COVID-19.

CMS Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention of COVID-19 in Nursing Homes
CMS is providing additional guidance to nursing homes to help them improve their infection control and prevention practices to prevent the transmission of COVID-19, including revised guidance for visitation.

OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
Includes information on protection of workers with high exposure risk and personal protective equipment. Other OSHA information can be found here.

The Joint Commission Information and Resources
Includes regular updates.