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COVID-19 STAFF BULLETIN - AUGUST 6, 2020

"If someone you know is self-isolating or from a community where there are a number of cases, this is the time to offer support and help them get the services and care they may need. Let’s continue to play safe and stay safe this summer, supporting each other with compassion and understanding.” -- Dr. Bonnie Henry

New CasesToday's Total CasesCumulative Total
BCTotal533863,934 (3,353 recovered)
Hospitalized11
ICU Patients4
Deaths195
VCH/PHCHospitalized3172
ICU Patients175
On Ventilator44
Discharged137
Deaths (hospital/ICU)32
SPHHospitalized234
ICU Patients9
On Ventilator9
Discharged
(within the last 24 hours)
24
Deaths13
MSJHospitalized9
Discharged9
HFHResidents53 (28 recovered)
Staff35 (35 recovered)
Total88
Deaths20
Please note: Numbers are updated at approximately 5 p.m. each day.
Situation Update
  • Today, there have been 47 new cases, including one epi-linked case, for a total of 3,881 cases in B.C.

  • There are 371 active cases and 3,315 people who tested positive have recovered.

  • There are 11 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19, five of whom are in ICU. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

  • Cases by health authority: 1,143 in VCH, 2,045 in Fraser Health, 146 in Island Health, 385 Interior Health, 93 Northern Health region, and 69 cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

  • There have been no new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 195 deaths in B.C.

  • There have been two new health-care facility outbreaks in the Vancouver Coastal Health region at the Richmond Lions Manor and the Joseph and Rosalie Segal Family Health Centre. 

  • In total, four long-term care or assisted-living facilities and one acute-care facility have active outbreaks.

  • There are no new community outbreaks. However, there has been community exposure at Lions Bay Beach Park on July 26, 27, 29, 30 and 31. Anyone who was at the park on these days is asked to limit their contact with others, monitor themselves for symptoms and contact 811 should symptoms develop.

  • TransLink will require passengers to wear non-medical masks or face coverings while on board transit vehicles, as of Aug. 24. The decision is meant to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19 as physical distancing is not always possible on transit. People with underlying health conditions and children under five years old will be exempt.

  • Minister Dix reported there were 6,324 visits to Emergency Departments on August 4th, which is similar to what we had before the pandemic. He also provided an update on personal protective equipment (PPE): since last week, the Ministry of Health has obtained 40,754 n95 respirators; 7.58 million surgical masks; 5,080 eye protection; and 51,310 gowns.

  • Learn how to enjoy the summer while being safe. Download Dr. Bonnie Henry’s Good Times Guide here: “Spread fun, not COVID-19.” 

  • Community alerts and exposure events are now posted on the BCCDC website.

  • For today’s full statement, please click here.

HOLY FAMILY COVID OUTBREAK UPDATE

Holy Family Long Term Care is building on its momentum of reporting no new COVID cases. Today marks 13 days since the home last had a resident test positive for COVID-19.

ANTI-BLACK RACISM – A CALL TO ACTION

Last weekend, Vancouverites marched in the streets to mark Emancipation Day – August 1, 1834 – when slavery was ended in Canada and the British Empire. Today, there is still much to do as anti-Black racism still festers in our society. We have issued the following statement to continue the dialogue, and a call to action to educate, take action and advocate against anti-Black racism.

PROVIDENCE CST UPDATE

We’re counting down the days until our next two go-lives:

HOW CST WAS A DIFFERENCE MAKER IN RESPONDING TO COVID-19

It started with a call. When Sally Turner picked up the phone on March 12, 2020, she was asked to help open two new testing sites for COVID-19: one at Lions Gate Hospital, the other at St. Vincent's: Langara. But it was Thursday, and the sites needed to be open by Sunday. What would normally take three months had to be done in three days.

PLANS FOR NEW MEN’S SHELTER IN ST. PAUL’S HOSPITAL’S COMOX BUILDING

A message from Fiona Dalton, President & CEO, PHC.

FUNDING BOOST FOR OVERDOSE RESPONSE

On August 4th, Judy Darcy, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, announced $10.5 million in funding that will accelerate the response to an increasingly toxic illicit drug supply due to COVID-19.

“IN THE MOMENT FEEDBACK IS SO VALUABLE!” -- STAFF SURVEY RESPONSES HELP EVALUATE THE PPE SPOTER PROGRAM

Proper use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and impeccable hand hygiene are integral to preventing the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious organisms. The PPE Spotter Team, Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC), and Professional Practice say THANK YOU! to everyone for their hard work and exemplary efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

REMINDER: CITY OF VANCOUVER EXTENDS PARKING EXEMPTIONS UNTIL AUGUST 15

The City of Vancouver has extended the current street parking exemptions for health care workers until August 15, 2020. The exemptions were previously set to expire July 31.

TAKE OUR 1-MINUTE TRAVEL SURVEY

Take a short survey and share your input for the new St. Paul’s Hospital project.

RESEARCH IN THE TIME OF COVID-19: Q&A WITH DR. ZABRINA BRUMME

The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed how we all live and work. It’s also changed how we do science. At Providence Health Care, our research community has been faced with shuttered labs and offices, financial uncertainty, and a rapid shift to virtual research environments.

WANTED: SCRUBS

August 4-7 is Scrub Amnesty Week and we’re looking for your wayward scrubs! Now more than ever, we need your help to keep the flow of scrubs throughout our sites to ensure they are there for those who need them. Please clear out your home, office, and locker and drop them into laundry hampers on site - no questions asked.

A MESSAGE FOR OUR PEOPLE AT ST. PAUL’S HOSPITAL ON THE DEATH OF THOMUS DONAGHY

On behalf of the Senior Leadership Team, we offer our deepest condolences and support to you and everyone who knew Thomus Donaghy, who was killed tragically while doing the work he loved as a volunteer at the Overdose Prevention Site (OPS) outside St. Paul’s Hospital on July 27.

ST. PAUL'S HOSPITAL TRIALING ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE CAMERAS TO ANALYZE COVID-19 MITIGATION STRATEGIES

A new 3 month pilot project at PHC aims to better analyze Personal Protective Equipment and social distancing compliance at St. Paul’s Hospital.

TRANSITION OF INDIGENOUS HEALTH TEAM TO JOIN INDIGENOUS WELLNESS & RECONCILIATION DEPARTMENT AT PHC

This is an all staff memo on the Transition of Indigenous Health Team to join Indigenous Wellness & Reconciliation department at Providence Health Care.

BREASTFEEDING MAY BE ‘NATURAL’ BUT IT ISN’T EASY: HOW ST. PAUL’S NURSES ARE HELPING

World Breastfeeding Week (WBW), celebrated August 1 to 7, is a global campaign to raise awareness and galvanise action on themes related to breastfeeding. This year’s theme is “Support Breastfeeding for a Healthier Planet.”

MEET PARDEEP SANGHERA

In the 53 days since the COVID-19 outbreak was declared on the Holy Family Hospital campus, many staff across Providence have offered their support to help care for the vulnerable residents and out their fellow staff on site.

HOW A CHÉOS SCIENTIST IS LEADING THE FIGHT AGAINST HEPATITIS C

July 28 marks World Hepatitis Day. This year’s theme is ‘Find the Missing Millions’, raising awareness of the 290 million people worldwide who are living with undiagnosed hepatitis.

WELLNESS TIP OF THE DAY

Are you feeling stressed, tired, and sore? We encourage you to check out the available services during COVID-19.

DON’T GET LOCKED OUT OF YOUR NETWORK ACCOUNT! TIPS FOR RESETTING YOUR PASSWORD (WITHOUT HAVING TO CALL THE SERVICE DESK)

We’ve all experienced it at some point - maybe you’ve just returned from vacation, or you’re not in the habit of checking your PHC email very often - and when you try to log onto your computer or webmail your password has expired!

This page last updated Aug 6, 2020 6:16pm PDT