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COVID-19 Staff Bulletin - July 2, 2020

“This renewal progress on surgeries, and on COVID-19 in general, should lift us all. It speaks to the remarkable work all of us in BC are doing to stop the spread. All of us should feel ownership in the success.”

- Health Minister Adrian Dix, today’s media briefing

New CasesToday's Total CasesCumulative Total
BCTotal131622947 (2608 recovered)
Hospitalized19
ICU Patients2
Deaths177
VCH/PHCHospitalized7166
ICU Patients174
On Ventilator044
Discharged0129
Deaths (hospital/ICU)030
SPHHospitalized432
ICU Patients09
On Ventilator09
Discharged
(within the last 24 hours)
021
Deaths08
MSJHospitalized09
Discharged09
HFHResidents142
Staff218 (4 recovered)
Total360
Deaths27
Please note: Numbers are updated at approximately 5 p.m. each day.
Situation Update
  • There have been 24 new cases since the last reporting period on Tuesday. This brings the total of COVID-19 cases in the province to 2940.

  • By health authority: 989 VCH, 1553 Fraser Health, 132 Island Health, 201 Interior Health, 65 Northern Health.

  • There are no new healthcare outbreaks. Five currently active outbreaks, four of those in long-term care, including Holy Family Hospital. Total of 626 cases in health care settings - 390 residents and 246 staff.

  • No new community outbreaks and all community outbreaks have now been declared over.

  • There have been some small transmission and exposure events in the community over the past week.

  • Currently 160 active cases, with 17 people in hospital, 2 of whom are in ICU.

  • There have been an additional three deaths since Tuesday, two of them are in long-term care in VCH (Holy Family Hospital residents). Total of 177 deaths.

  • 2603 people are now fully recovered.

  • During the COVID-19 pandemic, from March 16 to May 17, there are an average of 2600 surgeries in the province per week. Prior to that, there were approximately 6000 surgeries each week.

  • Since the surgical restart on May 18, there have been more than 35,000 surgeries. This includes 6558 surgeries last week, and more than 6600 surgeries this week.

  • Please read the full briefing here.

HOLY FAMILY LONG TERM CARE OUTBREAK UPDATE

Full efforts to manage and contain the COVID-19 outbreak at Holy Family Hospital Long Term Care (LTC) are continuing, as the outbreak enters its fourth week.

MORE LEADERSHIP SUPPORT FOR HOLY FAMILY THROUGH APPOINTMENT OF INTERIM COVID DIRECTOR

In order to ensure we have the dedicated leadership resources and back-up needed to effectively manage the outbreak at Holy Family Hospital, a new Interim Director role has been created. For this reason, we are pleased to announce Ms. Patty Yoon, as Interim COVID Director at Holy Family Hospital effective June 30th, 2020 with dual reporting to Dr. Janet Kow and Ms. Leanne Heppell.

HOLY FAMILY MOBILE TESTING VAN AVAILABILITY FOR STAFF EXTENDED FOR ANOTHER DAY

COVID-19 testing made available to all asymptomatic long term care staff at Holy Family Hospital today – via the mobile testing van in the North Parking Lot – has been extended to include tomorrow, Friday, July 3, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Staff with symptoms should not be at work, or if they develop symptoms while at work, should leave work right away and go to a testing site and stay home until results are known. A sign-up process for staff has been established and LTC staff need to go through the Rapid Response Team or Beena Parappilly (Tel: 778-886-3794) to arrange for the onsite testing.

PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES SAFER VISITS AT LONG TERM CARE HOMES

On June 30th, the Ministry of Health announced investment in safer visits at long-term care homes and seniors facilities. Updated provincial requirements will ease the current visitor restrictions for long-term care homes and seniors’ assisted living residences with clear guidance on required precautions. Each facility must develop written plans outlining how they will meet the requirements before visitation changes take effect.

NEXT PROVIDENCE SITES TO GO LIVE WITH CST IN 2020 STARTING FROM AUGUST 31


The COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped much of what we do in health care, and the need for a modern, connected health information system has never been more crucial. With this in mind, Providence Health Care and CST project leaders have jointly developed a new approach for how Providence will roll out CST to the remaining PHC sites and clinics with the first go-live set for Monday, August 31, 2020.

CANADA RESEARCH CONTINUITY EMERGENCY FUND


The Canada Research Continuity Emergency Fund was announced earlier this week. This fund is the operationalization of the $450 million announced in mid-May to: 1)  provide wage subsidies (75 per cent) to help retain research personnel paid from non-governmental sources; and 2) support extraordinary incremental costs for research infrastructure and ramp-in costs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

HEALTH AND HOPE FOR PEOPLE RECOVERING FROM COVID-19

For people recovering from COVID-19, the new normal looks anything but normal. Although most patients will bounce back without further issues, some will have severe post-infection complications that can cause permanent damage to their lungs, heart, liver, and brain.

REMINDER: CROSS BORDER TRAVEL

Summer is here and now that we are in Phase 3 of BC’s restart plan, many of us are starting to plan for summer travel within the province and Canada. But for those PHC staff and physicians who choose to travel outside of Canada, we remind you that you will be subject to the Federal and Provincial quarantine Orders upon return (i.e., you will be required to quarantine (self-isolate) for 14 days whether or not you have symptoms of COVID-19 and you will not be permitted to return to work during that period).

REMINDER: NEW REMOTE ACCESS TOKENS FOR CONNECTING REMOTELY

SafeNet tokens (MobilePASS app) are being replaced with Microsoft tokens (Microsoft Authenticator app) between now and July 17. A token is used for remote access to webmail, as well as shared folders and applications via Citrix.

STAFF WELLNESS AND SUPPORT

Email the Wellness & Support team via covidwellness&support@providencehealth.bc.ca 

Questions or Concerns?

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

This page last updated Jul 2, 2020 5:04pm PDT