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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 CasesToday's Total CasesCumulative Total
BCTotal92,550 (2,144 recovered)
Hospitalized37
ICU Patients7
Deaths1162
VCH/PHCHospitalized11158
ICU Patients471
On Ventilator443
Discharged1119
Deaths (hospital/ICU)028
SPHHospitalized029
ICU Patients08
On Ventilator08
Discharged
(within the last 24 hours)
026
Deaths06
MSJHospitalized09
Discharged09
Please note: Numbers are updated at approximately 5 p.m. each day.
Situation Update
  • 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.

PEOPLE REDEPLOYMENT CENTRE FOR NON-CLINICAL REQUESTS NOW OPEN

The People Redeployment Centre is now open for non-clinical requests. This service is available 7 days a week, from 8am to 8pm, for leaders who require additional support in their area.

COVID-19 UPDATE: ALL-STAFF VIRTUAL TOWNHALL

Miss the COVID-19 all-staff virtual webcast today?

NEW ORDERING PROCESS FOR COVID-19 VIRAL SWABS WITHIN PHC/VCH

The evolving demands on the health care system to support management of COVID-19 requires us to be purposeful and equitable in coordinating equipment and supplies required in caring for our patients and staff.

NURSING AND MEDICAL STUDENTS OFFER TO HELP ESSENTIAL HEALTH CARE WORKERS

Are you an essential health care worker looking for a little extra support outside work? Nursing and medical students from the Lower Mainland are volunteering their time to support Providence’s essential health care workers.

WHEN TO SELF-ISOLATE AND WHEN TO RETURN TO WORK?

There’s a lot of confusing information out there about when you should self-isolate and when you should go to work, and it’s changing on a pretty regular basis. 

PREGNANT AND IMMUNOCOMPROMISED STAFF

At the VCH town hall today, Dr. Patty Daly noted that if staff with immunosuppressive conditions were permitted by their physicians to work in a healthcare setting prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, then no special accommodation is needed for those staff now and that this same advice applies to pregnant staff. 

EXPANDED CALL LINE TO HELP SENIORS DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

BC seniors advocate Isobel Mackenzie has announced an expanded call line and website to connect seniors needing help during the coronavirus pandemic with volunteers willing to help with things like picking up or delivering groceries or medications.

ROLE MODELLING IN A CRISIS AND PRACTISING SAFE SOCIAL MEDIA

Staff have reported that they have been filmed by the public during their breaks outside the hospital because they are wearing scrubs or going to grab coffee or lunch in groups. (For guidelines on scrubs, read Scrubs: what you need to know.)

REMOTE ACCESS UPDATE

IMITS is working hard to process outstanding remote access requests.

THANK YOU EARLS

St. Paul’s Emergency Department staff received a surprise meal from Earls Kitchen + Bar this afternoon!

CLINICAL GUIDANCE RISK MITIGATION IN THE CONTEXT OF DUAL PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCIES

Extraordinary measures are needed to support people who use drugs (PWUD) (including alcohol) and prevent ongoing community spread of COVID-19 among a vulnerable, often immune-compromised population. 

This page last updated Mar 26, 2020 6:39pm PDT