COVID-19 STAFF BULLETIN - March 25, 2020

“Physical distance doesn’t mean social distance. We all need to check in regularly on older parents, neighbours, friends or relatives who live alone or in care homes in whatever way is possible, so they know how much they are loved and valued. All of these things are important at any time, but they are even more important during a crisis.”

  • WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, March 25 media briefing

New CasesToday's Total CasesCumulative Total
BCTotal631,266 (783 recovered)
Hospitalized140
ICU Patients72
Deaths139
VCH/PHCHospitalized52105
ICU Patients1948
On Ventilator1430
Discharged249
Deaths (hospital/ICU)05
SPHHospitalized9
ICU Patients3
On Ventilator3
Discharged
MSJHospitalized2
Situation Update
  • There are 42 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in BC. This brings the total number to 659.

  • By health authority: 339 in VCH, 218 in FH, 47 in Island Health, 46 in Interior Health, nine in Northern Health.

  • There is one additional death, connected to the Lynn Valley Care Centre cluster. Total of 14 deaths in B.C.

  • A new long-term care facility, Broadway Pentecostal Lodge, is now impacted with one staff testing positive.

  • The Haro Park Care Centre outbreak now has 28 residents and 27 staff affected.

  • There are 64 people currently in hospital, with 26 of them in the ICU.

  • 183 people are now fully recovered, 27.7 per cent of the total cases in B.C.

  • Latest joint statement is here.

  • Public Health has been actively monitoring PPE supplies. In the past week, there has been a dramatic increase in use as the number of cases increase. The province is now actively working with alternative suppliers.

  • Epidemiological graphs and modelling on B.C.’s trajectory will be shared on Friday.

  • The BC government introduced a relief package for renters: up to $500 per month for the next four months to help address any rental shortfall. COVID-19 provincial support information available here.

  • All travellers returning to Canada must now go into mandatory quarantine for 14 days, with the exception of essential workers. This order will be enforced through the Quarantine Act and goes into effect at midnight tonight.

  • Ottawa passed legislation on COVID-19 emergency relief measures. The Canada  Emergency Relief Benefit (CERB) provides $2000 a month for up to four months for workers who lose their income as a result of COVID-19. Full details available here.

VCH-PHC COVID-19 ALL STAFF VIRTUAL TOWN HALL

You are invited to participate in an all-staff, virtual town hall this Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 10am. Following a brief situation update, panelists will answer your questions related to COVID-19.

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE) IN DIRECT CARE AREAS

As of Wednesday, March 25th, 2020, the Ministry of Health requires that all staff, medical staff and contracted staff who have direct contact with patients, clients and residents wear surgical/procedural masks, eye protection and gloves when providing direct care to patients, clients and residents across Providence Health Care.

PEOPLE REDEPLOYMENT CENTRE OPENS THURSDAY

The People Redeployment Centre will open tomorrow, Thursday, March 26 at 8am for non-clinical requests. This service will be available 7 days a week, from 8am to 8pm, for leaders who require additional support in their area.

NEW DEDICATED ENTRANCES FOR STAFF AND MEDICAL STAFF AT SPH

To help separate the flows of staff and visitors at St. Paul’s Hospital, staff and medical staff should use ONLY these three staff entrances:

ROLE MODELLING IN A CRISIS AND PRACTISING SAFE SOCIAL MEDIA

In times like these, all eyes are on us as a health system.  This includes the public observing us as professionals and groups outside of the hospital. 

REMOTE ACCESS

As part of increasing remote access capacity, the VCH/PHC Remote Access Environment (access.vch.ca) has been updated with the addition of a second Citrix Access option.

TOOLS TO HELP SUPPORT MENTAL WELLNESS FROM CHÉOS SCIENTIST DR. JOSEPH PUYAT

COVID-19 has affected our daily lives, from the way we work to the way we play. Something as simple as buying a morning coffee has shifted in a way that most are still getting accustomed to. 

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. 

CHINESE CONSULATE MAKES A DONATION

A major part of the provincial COVID-19 readiness planning is to ensure sustainable supplies of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to meet expected patient and health care system needs.

COVID-19 KINDNESS

A senior who was discharged this week to long term care from 8A at SPH was supported by her loving friends.

This page last updated Mar 25, 2020 7:30pm PDT