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COVID-19 Staff Bulletin - March 24, 2020

People keep asking me how long these measures will last. All I can say is: we don’t know yet. But here’s what we do know - the duration of this crisis will be determined by the choices we make right now. So if you want things to get back to normal, then do your part and stay home.” -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, March 24 press conference

New CasesToday's Total CasesCumulative Total
BCTotal121522,916 (2,590 recovered)
Hospitalized18524
ICU Patients4
Deaths0174
VCH/PHCHospitalized08166
ICU Patients274
On Ventilator044
Discharged0128
Deaths (hospital/ICU)030
SPHHospitalized0432
ICU Patients19
On Ventilator09
Discharged
(within the last 24 hours)
021
Deaths08
MSJHospitalized9
Discharged9
HFHResidents037
Staff312 (3 recovered)
Total349
Deaths05
Please note: Numbers are updated at approximately 5 p.m. each day.
Situation Update
  • There are an additional 145 new cases in B.C. since yesterday morning’s 10am press conference with Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix. That is 67 new cases on March 23, and another 78 cases on March 24.

  • Current total is 617 cases.

  • By health authority: 330 in VCH, 194 in Fraser Health, 44 in Island Health, 41 in Interior Health, nine in Northern Health.

  • The outbreaks at long-term care facilities in the province have expanded to two additional sites.

    • Lynn Valley Care Centre: 42 residents, 21 staff

    • Hollyburn House: one resident, one staff

    • Haro Park Lodge: 15 residents, 25 staff

    • Delta View Care Centre: one staff

    • Dufferin Care Centre: one staff

    • German Canadian House: one staff

    • (NEW) Little Mountain Place Residential Care: one staff

    • (NEW) Evergreen Heights Assisted Living: one resident

  • There are 59 patients in B.C. currently hospitalized, with 23 of them in the ICU.

  • Providence currently has five inpatients: four at SPH, one at MSJ (dialysis patient is now an inpatient at SPH).

  • No new deaths announced today. Total deaths remain at 13.

  • Transmission from the dental conference in Vancouver at the beginning of the month is now at 32 cases.

  • In B.C., 173 people now fully recovered - that is 28 percent of reported cases.

  • Nearly half of all the COVID-19 cases in Canada are now through community transmission.

  • Canada’s outbreak update from Health Canada is available here.

The provincial government has launched a COVID-19 app, available through Google Play and the Apple Store. Or it is available as a website online app.

REMINDER: ASYMPTOMATIC STAFF ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR TESTING

Currently, asymptomatic health care workers will NOT be tested. Please do not go to an assessment site unless you are symptomatic.

RESOURCES ON SERIOUS ILLNESS CONVERSATIONS WITH HIGH RISK COVID-19 PATIENTS

Providence has developed a number of resources to help physicians and health care providers have conversations with patients who are at high-risk of dying from COVID-19 infection.

USE N95 MASKS DURING AEROSOL-GENERATING PROCEDURES ONLY

Due to the expected high demand for N95 masks throughout the system, it's important to know when to properly use them, but also when NOT to use these.

TEMPORARY STAFF ACCOMMODATION (TSA)

We are pleased to offer some supports for staff directly engaged in the COVID response. If you fall in to one of the following categories, you are eligible to apply for temporary staff accommodations:

STAFF WELLNESS & SUPPORT UPDATE: RELAX ROOMS

Relax Rooms are available! We’re delighted that some of you have used this option already.

REMINDER: STAFF SUPPORT - SUPPORT LINE AND STAFF MENTAL HEALTH & WELLNESS RESOURCES

To alleviate some of the immense stress on our staff and medical staff who are engaged in PHC’s COVID-19 response, Providence has several support resources in place for staff to sustain us going forward. 

Working Remotely During COVID-19

Working remotely can be challenging at first. However, Providence Informatics has developed a Working Remotely toolkit to help you find the right solution for your needs. Click here to view the toolkit.

“Providence Alert” COVID-19 Text Messaging Service for Staff

It’s clear that information concerning health care providers and COVID-19 changes a lot, often several times a day.

UPDATE: LONG SERVICE RECOGNITION AND MISSION AWARDS

To our Providence staff, medical staff and volunteers who are celebrating a service anniversary with us this year, thank you for the dedication you have demonstrated in your years with us, especially now as we respond to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

UPDATE: PROVIDENCE IN THE PARK

While we are in this crisis, we continue to look for ways to serve the vulnerable and meet community needs as best we can. With that in mind, our Mission Team is thinking through options to modify our spring community outreach event, Providence in the Park.

REDUCED SHUTTLE HOURS: MONDAY TO FRIDAY 8AM - 4PM

In consultation with Vancouver Coastal Health, the decision has been made to temporarily reduce the shuttle to the peak hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday until April 30th.

SUPPORTING PATIENTS WITH COMPLIANCE ISSUES

Providence Health Care provides care to some of Vancouver's most vulnerable people, many of whom find it difficult to remain in hospital for the duration of their care due to mental health issues, substance use or the need to attend to their life.  

ST. PAUL’S RESEARCHER RECEIVES FUNDING TO HELP FIGHT COVID-19

A St. Paul’s Hospital researcher is part of a nation-wide team that recently received federal funding to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

WATCH: COVID-19 - WHAT PHARMACISTS KNOW NOW - DOES IBUPROFEN WORSEN COVID-19 INFECTION?

A  new video series from the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists BC Branch aims to provide both patients and clinicians with accessible, engaging, and evidence-based information related to COVID-19.  Presented by our very own Dr. Doson Chua, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Cardiology, addresses whether ibuprofen worsens the COVID-19 infection.

VANCOUVER CANUCKS ALUMNI THANK HEALTH CARE WORKERS

Vancouver Canucks alumni sent a special shout out via Twitter - thanking all of our front line staff and health care workers.  Watch their short video by clicking on the link below.

This page last updated Mar 24, 2020 6:56pm PDT