Check out the latest media coverage featuring Providence:
What's New: May 29
|New Cases||Today's Total Cases||Cumulative Total|
|BC||Total||9||2,558 (2,153 recovered)|
(within the last 24 hours)
Visit the BC COVID-19 Dashboard or click on the image below for the latest case counts and information on recoveries, deaths, hospitalizations, testing and more. (Internet Explorer users: please use the Internet Explorer version of the BC COVID-19 Dashboard.)
Click image to visit the dashboard.
- There are nine new cases today, bringing the total to 2558.
- By health authority - 899 VCH, 1274 Fraser Health, 127 Island Health, 195 Interior Health, 63 Northern Health.
- There is one new health care related outbreak at a LTC site in Fraser Health, Nicola Lodge. There is a single case so far.
- There are no new community outbreaks. The outbreak at the Mission federal correctional facility is now over.
- Currently, there are 241 active cases in the province. 33 of these people are in hospital, with six patients in the ICU.
- There have been two additional deaths, both in LTC in Fraser Health.
- Hospitals across the province are up to 70 per cent capacity. ICUs are up to 52 per cent capacity.
- Read Thursday’s full update HERE.
- Vancouver Park Board will be reopening more than 320 outdoor recreation facilities starting tomorrow. Playgrounds will be open by Monday to align with the restart of in-class learning. More details available HERE.
Staff Bulletin: Top Stories
May 28 Townhall Q&A
Didn’t get your question answered? Watch for Part Two of the Q&A coming soon which will provide answers to questions we didn’t have time to cover.
Visit the STAFF SUPPORT section for information on discounts, parking, childcare and wellness support.
Try to identify and value your own personal COVID Silver-Linings.
Taking care of your Physical Wellness: Committing to a regular Physical Exercise Routine supports better cardiovascular function, and the risk of heart disease and diabetes while significantly improving your feelings of happiness and calm.
Taking care of your Emotional Wellness: Develop Emotional Wellness Strategies to support your emotional ups & downs connected to your worries around COVID. Read more.
Find all Wellness Tips under the Staff Support section.
Frequently asked questions:
- I have heard people suggest that as we move into phase 2, those that can work from home should continue to do so. What are your thoughts on this for PHC staff?
The short answer is absolutely. We're following the provincial government’s advice, and that is that you should absolutely continue to work at home, if you can work at home. That's what we have been doing, and some teams have made pragmatic decisions about needing to be at work some days but not on other days. There's no big change on Tuesday around this.
Essentially, there are no changes. People have been at work that needed to be at work; if you're able to work from home, you continue to work from home. If your leader or you want to have a conversation about coming into work, then we're asking the leaders to contact Occupational Health & Safety to talk about plans to have people return.
- How will work spaces be assessed to ensure they meet new guidelines. What about consolidated departments? i.e. HIM, health records/registration in sites across other health authorities?
With people working at home, there have been some real changes because most of us don't have offices set up at home that meet the same needs as at work. Occupational Health & Safety can do virtual assessments if it’s required. If you have concerns around your workstation, then give OH&S a call and they will take care of that assessment.
One of the most common things we hear from people working at home is that they forget to get up. They are sitting down for too long. We will send out reminders about making sure you get up and stretch, setting the expectations for the day.
When people are coming back into the workplace, they need to give OH&S a call and we will look at what spacing is required. We do want to maintain that physical distance that's required to ensure we're not spreading any viruses. We'll look at each set of circumstances to ensure we have that and that we have hand sanitizing stations. If there's not an ability to maintain that physical distance, we will provide masks to be worn for those circumstances.
- Is the organization going to be providing ergonomics for those of us working from home, like a mini desk and computer screens?
- We have not gone to that level of actually providing equipment to work at home. It would depend on the particular circumstances. Each circumstance would need a conversation.
- Government of British Columbia Statements
March 5 (PM): https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0062-000393
If you need to reach PHC’s Infection Prevention and Control Team (IPAC), please call local 69357. Do not contact individual IPAC team members.