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COVID-19 STAFF BULLETIN - MAY 15, 2020

“This is not the flick of a switch. This is a gradual increase in activity and we’ll do that in a manner that will keep everyone safe, and will allow us to test and gauge as we go that these measures are appropriate for public safety. ”

 - Premier John Horgan, May 15 press briefing on the reopening of schools 

New CasesToday's Total CasesCumulative Total
BCTotal212,428 (1,932 recovered)
Hospitalized49
ICU Patients11
Deaths1141
VCH/PHCHospitalized020155
ICU Patients0671
On Ventilator0542
Discharged0111
Deaths (hospital/ICU)025
SPHHospitalized129
ICU Patients08
On Ventilator08
Discharged
(within the last 24 hours)
025
Deaths06
MSJHospitalized09
Discharged09
Please note: Numbers are updated at approximately 5 p.m. each day.
Situation Update
  • 15 new cases announced today for a total of 2407 cases in B.C.
  • There are two new outbreaks, one in acute care and one in the community: the Abbotsford Regional Hospital with seven confirmed cases; and at the Oppenheimer Group, a Coquitlam produce wholesaler, with two cases confirmed.
  • By health authority: 878 VCH, 1164 Fraser Health, 126 Island Health, 181 Interior Health, 58 Northern Health.
  • An additional five deaths, for a total of 140 deaths in the province.
  • 1908 people have now recovered. There are 359 active cases of COVID-19.
  • 51 patients are hospitalized currently, 12 of them in ICU.
  • Please see today’s news release here.
  • Provincial parks are now open for day use.
  • The public is urged to stay close to home this long weekend.
  • Guidelines for the reopening of schools and daycares was released today. Please see below for full details.

PROVIDENCE ‘RESTART’ UNDERWAY

BC Premier John Horgan outlined on May 6th BC’s program to “restart” BC, including resuming elective surgeries and other regulated services like physiotherapy, dentistry, chiropractors and in-person counselling.

Health Minister Adrian Dix has requested BC health authorities restart beginning May 19, with the eventual goal to catch up on a backlog of 30,000 surgeries and other previously postponed ambulatory and outpatient procedures.

PUBLIC INFORMATION BULLETIN ON THE RESUMPTION OF ELECTIVE SURGERIES

This Information Bulletin was issued to the public this morning.

Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and Providence Health Care (PHC) are implementing new measures to help keep patients, clients, staff and medical staff safe as scheduled elective surgeries resume in the coming weeks.   

As part of VCH and PHC restart plans, access to expanded health care services such as surgical, ambulatory and community services, diagnostic imaging and lab testing will resume in a safe manner with protective measures in place.  

WORKSAFEBC RELEASES INDUSTRY-SPECIFIC GUIDELINES FOR EMPLOYERS RESUMING OPERATIONS

WorkSafeBC has released industry-specific guidance and resources for employers resuming operations as part of Phase 2 of the provincial government's restart plan.

Industry-specific guidelines and resources are now available for the following sectors:

ENTRYWAY, ELEVATOR AND STAIR USAGE AT ST. PAUL’S HOSPITAL

As we begin to reopen some services next week, we can expect to see an increase in traffic throughout much of St. Paul’s Hospital. In an effort to reduce congestion and maintain appropriate physical distancing, we are asking staff and medical staff to please adhere to the following requests.

CORRECTION FROM CITY OF VANCOUVER REGARDING PARKING

The parking information for Providence staff in previous Bulletins has had some errors that the City of Vancouver has now corrected.

There is now new  “LOCATION NUMBER/METER CODES” and “TELEPHONE CODES” information in the documents linked to below.

Providence staff are asked to use this updated information.

CHANGES TO THE INTER-HOSPITAL SHUTTLE

Effective Tuesday, May 19th, the Inter-hospital shuttle arrival/departure point at St. Paul’s Hospital has moved. It will now pick-up/drop-off passengers from the Thurlow Street entrance of the hospital.

The Inter-hospital shuttle service continues to operate at reduced hours with enhanced cleaning.

Passengers should sit as far apart as possible. Drivers are sanitizing door handles and seat belt buckles on a regular basis. After disembarking, please use the Comox Street courtyard entrance as the Comox Street Main Entrance has been closed.

PREMIER’S ANNOUNCEMENT ON SCHOOLS AND DAYCARES

Premier John Horgan and Education Minister Rob Fleming have announced details on the optional return to school for Kindergarten to Grade 12 students starting June 1. 

Full details are available here.

MAINTAIN PENSION CONTRIBUTIONS DURING UNPAID LEAVE DUE TO COVID-19

Staff who go on an approved unpaid leave of absence due to COVID-19 can now fund their pension contributions as a result of recent changes.

Known as purchase of service, this payment can help staff get closer to an unreduced pension or increase their benefit at retirement by avoiding a break in their Municipal Pension Plan (MPP) or Public Service Pension Plan (PSPP) contributions.

Purchase of service is a personal decision; therefore, staff are encouraged to consult an independent financial advisor before making a decision to pursue this. 

UPDATE FOR STAFF WORKING REMOTELY & LAST DAY TO FILL OUT SURVEY

As restrictions begin to ease over the next few days and more Vancouver residents are expected to return to work after the long weekend, we understand this raises questions for some of you and possibly increases your concerns regarding personal health and safety.

We also heard questions at the PHC Virtual Town Hall Staff meeting held earlier this week; therefore, we have answered some of the key themes we are hearing right now:

Do I need to return to the office or can I continue to work from home?

SPECIALTY NURSE TRAINING VIRTUAL INFO SESSION MAY 21

While many of us may wonder how we can help during this pandemic, nurses are in a unique position to make a real difference and save lives. Demand for highly-skilled, dedicated and compassionate nurses is high right now, and yet the complexity of care that we provide at Providence also requires highly specialized nurses.

That’s why Providence is committed to supporting our nurses in advancing their skills by offering to pay the full tuition, books and wages for qualified registered nurses interested in pursuing specialty training.

Learn all about specialty nurse training opportunities at Providence next Thursday, May 21 as our Recruitment Team hosts a virtual info session.

YORK SCHOOL CREATES WORKBOOKS FOR ACUTE CARE

On Wednesday, May 13, Grade 9 students from York School in Vancouver, BC, presented to a handful of Providence Health Care staff — outlining the purpose of the activity books and the inspiration behind them.

A large thank you to the class at York House for all your efforts. 

ST. PAUL’S FOUNDATION’S FUTURE LEADERS ARE CELEBRATING OUR HERITAGE TO SUPPORT THE FUTURE!

(Pictured - from pre-COVID days) The new St. Paul’s Project team modeling the fashionable merchandise designed and developed by the St. Paul’s Foundation’s Future Leaders.

St. Paul’s Foundation’s Future Leaders are celebrating our heritage to support the future!

CARPOOLING DURING COVID-19

Staff can carpool with a colleague from outside of their household using enhanced infection prevention guidelines developed by the Medical Health Officers and Infection Control. If you are planning to carpool, please follow these precautions. 

REMINDER: COMMUNICATIONS WANTS YOUR FEEDBACK!

We’ve been using a number of tools in recent weeks to keep you informed about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. To help us understand if our communications are meeting your needs, we’re asking PHC staff, medical staff, researchers and volunteers to take a few moments to complete a five-minute poll. Responses are anonymous and confidential.

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO BEGIN THE POLL

WELLNESS TIP OF THE DAY

Listen to your body – it will give you cues about what it needs to stay healthy.

Give yourself a healthy "time-out" from worry, stress, and anxiety. 

SUPPORT RESOURCES FOR THE PHC TEAM

You are here for them. We are here for you. Support Line: 604-806-9925 or extension 69925

You are saving lives in the fight against COVID-19. You are our most valued critical defense. Know that we are just a phone call away. 

When things happen at work that are hard to talk about, know that you can talk confidentially with us. Leave your name and number, and a time for one of the Psychological First Aid trained volunteers to call you back.

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This page last updated May 15, 2020 6:07pm PDT