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COVID-19 STAFF BULLETIN - JUNE 29, 2020

“When this virus is anywhere, it is everywhere. The risk is to all of us.”

  • Bonnie Henry, June 29, 2020 media briefing

New CasesToday's Total CasesCumulative Total
BCTotal241602,940 (2,603 full recovered)
Hospitalized17
ICU Patients2
Deaths3177
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
HFHResidents4 - June 30 (0 since July 1)41
Staff4 - June 30 (0 since July 1)16 (4 recovered)
Total8 - June 30 (0 since July 1)57
Deaths05
Please note: Numbers are updated at approximately 5 p.m. each day.
Situation Update
  • From Friday to today, there are 26 new cases, bringing the provincial total to 2904.

  • By health authority: 979 VCH, 1529 in Fraser Health, 131 Island Health, 200 Interior Health, 65 Northern Health.

  • There are currently six active health care outbreaks, including the outbreak at Holy Family Hospital.

  • There has been one new public exposure / community outbreak. VCH released a bulletin this weekend about Brandi’s Exotic Show Lounge. Public health teams are actively tracing. Currently, three people have tested positive. Anyone who was at the premises June 22, 23, or 24 must monitor closely for symptoms.

  • There have been no new deaths since Friday.

  • There are currently 153 active cases. 18 of these people are in hospital, and five of the hospitalized patients are in ICU.

  • COVID-19 remains a risk for everyone, even though our new cases remain low.

  • It is a team effort that we need to continue together here in B.C.

  • One slip is all we need to cause a significant rebound and we have seen that happen in jurisdictions around us.

  • Tomorrow at 12pm, Health Minister Adrian Dix and Dr. Bonnie Henry will be making an announcement about visitation at long-term care sites.

  • Please read the full press briefing here.

HOLY FAMILY COVID-19 OUTBREAK UPDATE

Providence staff, medical staff and infection control experts are continuing to work with public health around the clock to minimize the COVID-19 outbreak at Holy Family Hospital and keep residents and staff safe.

NEW TESTING GUIDELINES

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control released updated COVID-19 testing guidelines. At this time in BC, there are low levels of community transmission of COVID-19. As BC society continues to re-open, and there are changes in the level of interactions between people in the population, early detection and management of COVID-19 cases and their contacts is a critical public health strategy for maintaining low levels of transmission in BC. There is also capacity to expand testing beyond current levels. At this time providers are recommended to have a low threshold for testing symptomatic individuals for COVID-19 infection.

REMINDER: COVID-19 MEASURES TO KEEP OURSELVES, OUR PATIENTS AND RESIDENTS, AND OUR COLLEAGUES SAFE

COVID-19 continues to spread in our communities and put pressure on the health care system. We know you are doing your best to provide the best care possible, and while the province continues their reopening plans, we'd like to take a moment to remind staff of 3 important practices that keep you, your colleagues, your patients & residents, and our communities safe.

FROM THE DAILY SCAN: UBC PROGRAM HELPS MSJ SENIORS COPE WITH COVID-19 ISOLATION

Mrs. Wai Yee Ho’s husband used to visit her every single day at Mount Saint Joseph (MSJ) Residence. But that was abruptly halted in March, when COVID-19 changed everything. Mrs. Ho’s children live in the United States so they haven’t been able to come either.

FROM THE DAILY SCAN: NAVIGATING – AND CELEBRATING – STROKE RECOVERY IN UNCERTAIN TIMES

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting every aspect of how care is delivered. And for people facing diagnoses with uncertain outcomes, such as a stroke, navigating care is even more challenging right now. What side effects from the stroke will linger? For how long? What types of treatment will be the most effective? Exactly what that journey will look like is different for every patient and unique to the severity and location of the stroke itself.

STORIES OF THE HEALTH CARE HERO

When Holy Family Hospital (HFH) declared a COVID-19 outbreak on Tuesday, June 9, Providence Health Care’s People (Human Resources) department did not hesitate to help staff the site. The upcoming weekend, HFH faced severe staffing shortages prompting PHC to send an expression of interest to our registered nurses, licenced practical nurses and patient care aides. 

QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS?

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

This page last updated Jun 29, 2020 5:08pm PDT