The dedication you demonstrate day in and day out in caring for those we serve is remarkable. This pandemic is certainly proving more challenging the longer it goes on, and your resilience is nothing short of inspiring. Thank you.
The COVID-19 Delta variant is the dominant variant in Colorado and the entire U.S. We know this variant spreads much more easily and seems to have higher health consequences when contracted, especially for those who are unvaccinated.
We urge everyone to stay vigilant when you experience ANY symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and report these immediately through your supervisor and screening protocols.
Do not report to work with symptoms.
Resist the urge to self-assess and decide that symptoms could be attributed to something other than COVID-19. Remember that you can have mild symptoms and still be passing the virus on to others.
Symptoms can be slightly different for the Delta variant:
The number one symptom is headache, followed by sore throat, runny nose and fever.
More traditional symptoms of cough and loss of smell seem to be less common.
Also, please continue to diligently use all the tools available to prevent spread in our facilities and in our communities: vaccination, proper masking, social distancing, gathering outdoors rather than indoors whenever possible, and frequent hand washing/sanitizing.
If you have not been vaccinated, now is a good time to reconsider the benefit of lessening the effects of COVID-19 and all of its variants. Medical experts agree the vaccines are safe and very effective. Also, find a community vaccination site near you or reach out to Deborah Monaghan, M.D., directly for assistance in locating a community site.
Thank you again for your commitment to serving our community and for working together through such a challenging time. We are in this together. And we will get through this together.
Renée Marquardt, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer