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COVID-19 STAFF BULLETIN - April 27, 2020

“It is clear evidence that our sustained efforts to follow public health measures are working here in B.C.... We are getting close to that time where we can start to open up.... We will have a made-in-B.C. province-wide plan and it is built on the groundwork that we have done together, and the commitment that all of us have made and all of our collective efforts.”

- Dr. Bonnie Henry, April 27th briefing

New CasesToday's Total CasesCumulative Total
BCTotal501,998 (1,190 fully recovered)
Hospitalized97
ICU Patients36
Deaths3103
VCH/PHCHospitalized034144
ICU Patients01367
On Ventilator01039
Discharged094
Deaths (hospital/ICU)218
SPHHospitalized529
ICU Patients38
On Ventilator28
Discharged
(within the last 24 hours)
022
Deaths15
MSJHospitalized009
ICU Patients
Discharged09
Deaths
Please note: Numbers are updated at approximately 5 p.m. each day.
Situation Update
  • Over the weekend, there were two additional outbreaks at LTC sites in the FH region. Currently, there are 21 LTC or assisted care facility outbreaks.

  • Superior Poultry now has 25 positive cases, with 34 people from United Poultry who have tested positive.

  • No new cases since Saturday at Mission Institution.

  • The investigation into COVID-19 cases from Kearl Lake continues. There are now 11 people who have tested positive, but there are several hundred people in BC associated with Kearl Lake and public health has had some challenges in tracking down contact information for everyone involved.

  • There were three more deaths, bringing the total to 103.

  • 1190 people in B.C. have now fully recovered from COVID-19.

  • Dr. Bonnie Henry says there is clear evidence our sustained efforts to follow public health measures are working.

  • As we move into flood season and the upcoming wildfire season, public health planning will be looking at these areas very closely.

  • Applications opened today for the federal government’s COVID-19 wage subsidy program. Nearly 10,000 businesses have applied.

  • Quebec and Ontario announced plans for lifting restrictions in their provinces. Quebec’s staggered plan includes reopening some schools and daycares starting May 11. Ontario hasn’t given any specific dates but announced details of how reopening would only come after a consistent decrease in the number of COVID-19 cases.


     

REMINDER: ALL STAFF VIRTUAL TOWN HALL ON APRIL 29 AT 9AM

COVID-19 continues to challenge our health care system in new ways every day. To ensure all PHC people are supported, knowledgeable, and prepared, we are hosting a second All Staff Virtual Town Hall, open to all PHC staff, medical staff, researchers and volunteers.

REMINDER: PROVIDENCE STAFF PLEASE TAKE YOUR VACATION

When so much of our lives are taking place at home, and online and virtually all travel is halted, planning a vacation amid a pandemic is likely the last (or perhaps the first) thing on your mind.

LEARNING AND QUALITY IMPROVEMENT RESOURCES

If you have time, we encourage you to utilize the resources listed below to learn more about quality and workplace improvement and patient safety. 

REMINDER: GLOVE USAGE

The use of gloves is recommended to protect against the transfer of infectious agents to one’s hands during direct contact with patients with suspected/confirmed transmissible infections or their immediate environments.

COPING WITH STRESS, ANXIETY AND SUBSTANCE USE DURING COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has created disruptions in our lives that can cause feelings of stress and anxiety.

REMINDER: FAXING PRESCRIPTIONS FROM YOUR PHONE TO PHARMACY

PHC TurboScan and SRFax Service technology have been rolled out to support Virtual Health. 

MORE SUPPORT FOR FAMILY CAREGIVERS DURING COVID-19

As part of British Columbia’s emergency COVID-19 response plan, the Province announced yesterday that it is doubling this year’s funding for Family Caregivers of British Columbia to $1 million, helping support both caregivers and seniors.

WELLNESS TIPS

If you want comfort food to soothe, choose healthier options. Visit the Government of Canada’s website for ideas to get you started. 

RESOURCE FOR HEALTH CARE WORKERS WHO NEED SHORT-TERM ACCOMMODATIONS

Lisa Allyn, an occupational therapist at Foundry Granville, has helped develop a website to connect health care workers across Canada with property owners who are able to offer short-term housing at low-cost or no cost.

NEW BALANCE EATERY MARKET AT SPH: MORE YEAST ARRIVING THIS WEEK

The new Balance Eatery Food Market is now open in the SPH cafeteria.

IN THE NEWS

Photo caption: Father Victor Fernandes, with Bernadette Howell (Spiritual Health Practitioner), puts on personal protection equipment prior to visiting with a patient in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at St. Paul’s hospital, Tuesday, April 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

VANCOUVER STUDENTS SEND KIND WORDS TO PHC PEOPLE

Students from Shaughnessy Elementary School in Vancouver wrote some absolutely adorable and kind words for staff and medical staff who are caring for our most vulnerable.

This page last updated Apr 27, 2020 4:44pm PDT