There are increasing numbers of cases of the COVID-19 Delta variant. In addition, it is now recognized that fully-vaccinated persons may also transmit the Delta variant if they become infected. The vaccines are still highly protective against severe infection, hospitalizations and death. Out of an abundance of caution, effective immediately and through Sept. 30 2021, we are updating our guidance for internal and public events and gatherings held at Trinity Health facilities to minimize risk of spreading the virus and keeping our colleagues, patients and communities safe.
- Internal and external in-person events should be limited to fewer than 25 people through Sept. 30, 2021 and limited to instances where remote participation is not possible. Note: Colleagues working in Trinity Health System Office administrative buildings should refer to the additional communication on this topic.
- Medium and large indoor and outdoor community events are to be paused through Sept. 30, 2021. These events can be rescheduled as virtual-only events if possible.
We continue to closely monitor CDC guidance and positive cases in our communities and will update this guidance before mid-September.
This guidance applies to both Trinity Health locations where health care is delivered and other locations where care is not delivered. Health Ministries are responsible for following all local or state rules and regulations related to events and gatherings.
Due to the increasing cases and the new information that fully-vaccinated persons who are infected with the Delta variant can unknowingly spread the virus, we are also requiring that masks be worn by both vaccinated and unvaccinated colleagues and physicians at all times unless alone in a personal office or when eating or drinking.
COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement Update
More than 35,000 Trinity Health colleagues have submitted their vaccine documentation in the HR4U colleague portal. Thank you for your swift action! Due to the high volume, the processing time is up to three weeks. To check their status, colleagues should log into the HR4U colleague portal and click on “My Requests” on the homepage to view open or pending submissions or “Closed” for the approved or denied status for closed submissions.
FDA extends Johnson & Johnson vaccine shelf life to up to 6 months
On July 28, the FDA updated the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to allow for storage up to 6 months. Previously, it was limited to 4.5 months. See the EUA amendment.
New/Updated Resources since 7/23/2021:
- Safety Guidance for Internal and External Events and Gatherings at Trinity Health Locations (Update)
- Cohort Unit Guidance for PUI and Confirmed COVID-19 (Update)
- 340B and Location Eligibility (Update)
- Resuscitation (Code Blue) Guidelines (Update)
- Protected Code Blue Signage (Update)
- COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement Q&A for Colleagues (Update)
- Outpatient Hemodialysis (Update)
- Minimum Documentation Requirements (Update)