COVID-19 Staff Bulletin - MARCH 26, 2020
During this unprecedented time, Providence people are going above and beyond the regular call of duty to meet this public health crisis head on. We are so grateful to all our dedicated staff, medical staff, researchers and volunteers for working tirelessly to adapt to the evolving situation.
In the words of our President and CEO Fiona Dalton:
“We are human, we are flawed, and we can only do what we can do – and I am humbled and inspired by colleagues who are responding on a daily basis with courage and compassion.”
|New Cases||Today's Total Cases||Cumulative Total|
|BC||Total||9||2,550 (2,144 recovered)|
(within the last 24 hours)
- There are 66 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in BC. This brings the total number to 725.
- By health authority: 359 in VCH, 241 in FH, 52 in Island Health, 62 in Interior Health, 11 in Northern Health.
- There have been no additional deaths since yesterday. Total deaths in B.C. remains 14.
- The Haro Park Care Centre outbreak now has 2 more residents and 1 more staff affected; the Lynn Valley Care Centre outbreak now has 4 more residents and 3 more staff affected.
- There are 66 people currently in hospital, with 26 of them in the ICU.
- 186 people are now fully recovered, 26 per cent of the total cases in B.C.
- New prescribers’ guidelines for substance users will provide safe supply to substance users in places like the DTES.This will allow substance users to comply with Public Health advice, including isolation or quarantine if required.
- Latest joint statement is here.
- Providence Health Care has 10 confirmed COVID-19 patients at SPH (2 of them in the ICU)
- Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth today announced next steps under the provincial state of emergency. These steps include:
- Banning the secondary resale of food, medical supplies, personal protective equipment, cleaning and other essential supplies; and restricting quantities of items purchased at point of sale.
- Enabling municipal bylaw officers to support enforcement of the provincial health officer’s orders for business closures and gatherings, in line with offences under the Public Health Act.
- Establishing a new Provincial Supply Chain Coordination Unit to co-ordinate goods and services distribution.
- City of Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart announced new measures to help people experiencing homelessness. Among them are:
- Converting Coal Harbour Community Centre and Roundhouse Community Centre into referral-only emergency response centres to reduce the chance of transmission.
- Securing hotel space to house those who may be infected with COVID-19 and who cannot self-isolate.
- 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 went into effect at midnight last night.
- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned of a text scam related to the new Emergency Response Benefit and reminded people that Canada.ca is the best place to find reliable information on federal initiatives.
REMINDER: Please direct all media inquiries to Providence’s Communications & Public Relations team.
Elaine Yong, Senior Communication Specialist, Media Relations
After-hours media line: (604) 312-3547
Questions or Concerns?
If you have questions or concerns, please email COVIDemail@example.com.
Information and resource links:
PHC has a website for staff, medical staff, and researchers to address concerns, questions, protocols and guidelines around sick-leave and compensation-in-lieu for COVID-19. Click here to view the website. This website will be updated daily and is accessible from work and home on your mobile or desktop devices. THIS SHOULD BE YOUR SOURCE OF TRUTH FOR INFORMATION.
If you need to reach PHC’s Infection Prevention and Control Team (IPAC), please call local 69357. Do not contact individual IPAC team members.