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COVID-19 Staff Bulletin - MARCH 27, 2020

“Our trajectory of transmissions has changed from 24% to 12% per day. That’s a slowing down of the number of new cases, which is good.  It’s been driven by our testing, physical distancing strategy and travel restrictions.” 

- Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer

New CasesToday's Total CasesCumulative Total
BCTotal291203 (704 recovered)
Hospitalized3149
ICU Patients468
Deaths338
VCH/PHCHospitalized
ICU Patients
On Ventilator
Discharged
Deaths
SPHHospitalized10
ICU Patients3
On Ventilator3
Discharged2
Deaths
MSJHospitalized2
Discharged
Situation Update

TODAY’S NEWS

  • There are 67 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in BC. This brings the total number to 792. 

  • By health authority: 391 in VCH,  262 in FH, 57 in Island Health, 70 in Interior Health, 12 in Northern Health. 

  • There have been two more deaths since yesterday. Total deaths in B.C. are now 16. 

  • There are 73 people currently in hospital.

  • Nine patients are at PHC.  Of those, eight are in St. Paul’s, one is at MSJ. 

  • 275  people are now fully recovered.

  • 36,643 tests have been completed in BC.

  • The federal government released a new package to support small businesses, including boosting wage subsidies from 10 to 75 per cent for qualifying businesses, which will be backdated to March 15. See the Prime Minister’s full statement here.

  • The provincial government announced today farmer markets are now allowed to sell fresh food only, and many are now shifting to online markets.  

  • Read today’s joint Ministry of Health and BCCDC statement here

NEW MODELLING FOR COVID-19 IN BC

New modeling was released today by the Ministry of Health. 

In the past few days, our upward path has been less severe than other places, but we continue to see steady increases in community transmission cases and continue to be concerned about outbreaks, which could quickly grow and challenge our pandemic response

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE PEOPLE REDEPLOYMENT CENTRE

We are encouraging non-clinical and non-contract staff to join our growing band of brilliant redeployment people, helping and supporting everyone across our hospitals and long term care facilities so that people can get through tough times together.

NEW PROCESS FOR CST TRAINING TO MEET EMERGING NEEDS RELATED TO COVID-19

A new process is now in place for training and provisioning clinicians who need access to the CST Cerner system at live sites during this response. CST Cerner training will be delivered using an expedited model until further notice. 

TESTING, TESTING 1, 2, 3

We get a lot of questions in the COVID-19 mailbox. Not surprisingly, many about who should be tested and when. Here are our current best-practice answers. (Remember, we follow the provincial testing guidelines). 

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. 

ATTENTION PROVIDENCE PARENTS: Temporary Emergency Child Care for Essential Workers

On March 16, Premier John Horgan announced the decision to suspend all B.C. elementary and secondary schools until further notice to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We understand that this has put stress on families and parents who provide essential services, including those of us who work in health care. We are pleased to announce that in partnership with VCH, Temporary Emergency Child Care for Essential Workers is now available for children age 0-12 of PHC essential service workers, who have no other care options during this time.

FAMILY PRACTICE RESIDENT DOCTORS REDEPLOYED TO WHERE THEY’RE NEEDED

Resident doctors in family medicine at Providence Health Care are currently being redirected and redeployed to the most needed areas of our community to help the COVID-19 pandemic. 

FATHER VICTOR AND FATHER JOSEPH ARE PRAYING FOR US

Father Victor, SPH, and Father Joseph, MSJ, continue to pray daily for all of us at PHC – for those who are sick, for their families, and for our staff.

RESTAURANTS OFFERING FREE, DISCOUNTED FOOD FOR EMPLOYEES AND MEDICAL STAFF

Restaurants located in Vancouver, Richmond, and the North Shore are offering free or discounted meals for health care workers. Check out the list!

IN THE NEWS: DR. KALLA OPINION PIECE IN GLOBE AND MAIL

Dr. Daniel Kalla, head of the Emergency Medicine Department at St. Paul’s and the author of 11 novels – including some on pandemics – was featured in a Globe and Mail opinion piece today. 

This page last updated Mar 27, 2020 9:05pm PDT