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COVID-19 MEDICAL STAFF BULLETIN - MARCH 30, 2020

“We’re not through the storm yet, we’ve not reached the peak…. This is our watershed in the coming weeks…. We need you to do your part while we’re staying apart, physically.” 

- Dr. Bonnie Henry, Today’s Update

New CasesToday's Total CasesCumulative Total
BCTotal92,558 (2,153 recovered)
Hospitalized33
ICU Patients6
Deaths2164
VCH/PHCHospitalized11158
ICU Patients471
On Ventilator443
Discharged0119
Deaths (hospital/ICU)028
SPHHospitalized029
ICU Patients08
On Ventilator08
Discharged
(within the last 24 hours)
026
Deaths06
MSJHospitalized09
Discharged09
Please note: Numbers are updated at approximately 5 p.m. each day.
Situation Update
  • As of March 30, 42,028 tests have been completed in BC.

  • The Vancouver Convention Centre is preparing to become an off-site treatment centre with 271 beds, if needed

  • There are currently 4,233 vacant beds in B.C.

  • Monday Federal Government update: the Canadian Armed Forces are gearing up to assist pandemic response in communities who need it by assisting with logistics or other supports.  To read the full federal government announcement today, click here.

FREE PARKING FOR STAFF, MEDICAL STAFF AND THE PUBLIC ACROSS BC

In an effort to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, the Minister of Health, Adrian Dix, today announced the suspension of pay parking for patients, staff, and visitors at all health authority owned and operated sites, including those of Providence Health Care, effective April 1 until further notice.

This change makes it easier for individuals to avoid touching screens and buttons at payment kiosks that may have been touched by someone previously and also supports physical distancing measures that have been mandated by our Provincial Health Officer.

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT SESSIONS AT MSJ, SPH, & HFH

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) sessions will be held at all our acute care sites to better inform staff of the proper time and place for PPE. All are welcome to attend these drop in sessions and should expect to spend 10-15 minutes.

Topics covered include:

  • PPE: when to use

  • Proper donning & doffing

  • Review of hand hygiene

  • Social Distancing

  • Q&A

We will employ a 2-metre rule for all people who attend.

REMINDER: NO SCRUBS OUTSIDE

Another reminder in times like these, all eyes are on us as a health system.  That includes the public observing us outside of the hospital. For your health and safety and the public’s, do not wear your scrubs outside - even for a minute. Change into your street clothes to grab a coffee, grab lunch, and when you leave for the day.  

A photo of what NOT to do.

WELLNESS TOOLKIT FOR PHYSICIANS

Wellness resources for medical staff include online wellness sessions, a support line, relax rooms, and the Headspace mindfulness app. See more here.

IN THE NEWS: DR. DAN KALLA TALKS ABOUT SPH PREPAREDNESS ON CBC RADIO

Dr. Dan Kalla spoke with Stephen Quinn on CBC’s Early Edition this morning about how St. Paul’s is doing during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

The head of the ED at St. Paul’s says, thanks to all the preparation, the volume is manageable at St. Paul’s, but he stresses, the days to come will be critical.

“It’s going relatively well at St. Paul’s.  There’s been a ton of preparation involved. We’re seeing a steady uptick in COVID cases.  We’re managing the volume but the next two weeks will be critical in determining whether we continue to do so.”

This page last updated Mar 30, 2020 5:50pm PDT