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COVID-19 Medical Staff Bulletin - May 20, 2020

“We are now in day two of Phase Two.  There have been some bumps along the way, but on balance, I’m pretty satisfied on how we’re underway.”

- Premier John Horgan, Weekly Media Briefing

New CasesToday's Total CasesCumulative Total
BCTotal122,479 (2,020 recovered)
Hospitalized43
ICU Patients8
Deaths3152
VCH/PHCHospitalized020158
ICU Patients0571
On Ventilator0443
Discharged0112
Deaths (hospital/ICU)027
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
  • 21 new cases announced today for a total of 2,467 cases in British Columbia.

  • There are currently 317 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and 2,001 people who tested positive have recovered.

  • Of the total COVID-19 cases, 43 individuals are hospitalized, 10 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

  • In total, there have been 885 cases in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,214 in the Fraser Health region, 126 in the Island Health region, 182 in the Interior Health region and 60 in the Northern Health region.

  • An additional three new deaths took place today: one in the Vancouver Coastal Health region and two in the Fraser Health region, for a total of 149 deaths.

  • There has been one new health care outbreak at The Cedars in Mission assisted-living facility. Both outbreaks at Ridge Meadows Hospital have now been declared over. In total, 15 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and three acute-care units have active outbreaks.

PROVIDENCE ‘RE-START’ GOING SMOOTHLY

The old adage “preparation time is never wasted” is a fitting descriptor of Providence’s COVID-19 Phase 2 “re-start,” which officially began yesterday with the renewal of elective surgeries and re-opening of ambulatory clinics.

PARKING UPDATE

Providence continues to provide free parking to patients and staff on its sites and will do so until further notice from the Ministry.  Where capacity is limited, particularly at St. Paul’s Hospital, staff are encouraged to use the free parking for health care workers that will be provided by the City of Vancouver until May 31. Please refer to the guidelines here.

UPDATED: Q&A ON RESTARTING PATIENT AND CLIENT SERVICES AT PHC


On May 19, Providence started increasing surgical capacity at our hospitals and restarted elective surgeries so patients have access to the care they need. Understandably, there have been many questions from PHC people about the “restart” process. To help provide clarity, we’ve updated our restart Q&A page with more questions and answers. 
 

REMINDER TO STAFF: MASK GUIDELINES FOR EXTENDED USE

During this COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage the use of appropriate Personal Protective Equipment and have updated our PPE guidelines to reflect the need to keep our patients, residents, colleagues, and ourselves safe.

VCH PRESIDENT AND CEO MARY ACKENHUSEN

After 13 years of executive leadership at Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), President and Chief Executive Officer Mary Ackenhusen will be stepping down on June 30th.  

NEW IMITS RESOURCE NOW AVAILABLE TO NAVIGATE SKYPE FOR BUSINESS

For team meetings and corporate use, Skype for Business is the preferred video conferencing service licensed and supported through IMITS. It offers instant messaging and videoconferencing, and allows participants to share content on their desktops, such as documents and presentations.

FROM THE DAILY SCAN: COMFORT IN THE TIME OF COVID

Almost overnight, the landscape of the Intensive Care Unit at St. Paul’s Hospital changed. As COVID-19 patients started to arrive, four-bed wards were quickly converted into individual negative pressure rooms. The usually smiling faces of the ICU team disappeared behind the protection of goggles and masks and the unit became a sea of yellow gowns and blue face masks.

TIPS TO HELP FIGHT SHIFT WORK FATIGUE DURING COVID-19

Looking for advice on how to alleviate some of the immense stress and exhaustion while on shift work?  Take a look at the links below for a list of tips on how to help sustain healthy patterns going forward. 

WELLNESS SURVEY AND UPDATE ON WELLNESS SUPPORTS

Here at Providence, we want to hear from you.  Please share with us your feedback on what wellness & support services you accessed during COVID-19 — what did you find value in and what can we improve on?  Please take five minutes to answer a 7 question survey.

WELLNESS TIP OF THE DAY

Limiting your digital screen-time and enhancing your sleep environment can help support a healthy sleep pattern.  

​Practicing radical self-acceptance can reduce the stress associated with COVID-19 and can help cultivate a belief in your own resilience.

ST. PAUL'S FOUNDATION'S FUTURE LEADERS ARE CELEBRATING OUR HERITAGE TO SUPPORT THE FUTURE

St. Paul’s Foundation’s Future Leaders are a group of young professionals working together to make a difference in the community. Their mandate is to raise awareness and support for the innovative programs and ground-breaking research being led at St. Paul’s and other Providence Health Care sites.

IN THE NEWS

Check out the latest media coverage featuring Providence.

QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS?

If you have questions or concerns, please email COVID-19@providencehealth.bc.ca.  

IN THE NEWS

Check out the latest media coverage featuring Providence.

QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS?

If you have questions or concerns, please email COVID-19@providencehealth.bc.ca.  

This page last updated May 20, 2020 6:28pm PDT