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COVID-19 Staff Bulletin - May 18, 2020

“We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the family and friends of Capt. Jennifer Casey, of the Royal Canadian Air Force. Our thoughts are also with Capt. Richard MacDougall. We wish him a swift recovery from his injuries. ͞Canada͛s Snowbirds bring Canadians together, and the loss felt by all us is great. We thank the Snowbirds and the Canadian Armed Forces for all that you do, and we stand beside you in sorrow and in strength.”

- Adrian Dix and Dr. Bonnie Henry, May 18th joint statement on COVID-19 response.

New CasesToday's Total CasesCumulative Total
BCTotal162,444 (1,966 recovered)
Hospitalized47
ICU Patients12
Deaths2143
VCH/PHCHospitalized20155
ICU Patients671
On Ventilator542
Discharged0111
Deaths (hospital/ICU)025
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.
Alert

The information from the Friday, May 15th bulletin is being shared again today, in preparation for tomorrow’s restart activities.

Situation Update
  • There have been no new outbreaks since the new acute-care outbreak in the Abbotsford Regional Hospital was announced Friday, involving six staff and two patients. This is an ongoing investigation by Fraser Health.

  • ͞In the first reporting period through May 17, we had eight new cases. In the last 24 hours, there were a further eight new cases. ͞This represents 16 new cases since it was reported on Saturday, for a total of 2,444 cases in British Columbia.

  • Total cases by health authority: 882 VCH, 1195 Fraser Health, 126 Island Health, 181 Interior Health, 60 Northern Health.

  • There are 335 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and 1,966 people who tested positive have recovered. 

  • There have been no new health-care outbreaks and the outbreak at the Dufferin Care Centre has now been declared over. In total, 14 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and five Ministry of Health acute-care units have active cases.

  • The public health investigation at the Oppenheimer Group, a vegetable processing plant in Coquitlam is ongoing, and active contract tracing is underway. 

  • Provincial parks are now open for day use.

  • Guidelines for the reopening of schools and daycares was released Friday. 

  • Starting tomorrow, May 19, businesses can begin the process of safely reopening, and the provincial health officer orders have been amended accordingly.

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.

PREMIER’S ANNOUNCEMENT ON SCHOOLS AND DAYCARES

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

PUBLIC INFORMATION BULLETIN ON THE RESUMPTION OF ELECTIVE SURGERIES

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

YORK SCHOOL CREATES WORKBOOKS FOR ACUTE CARE

Grade 9 students from York School in Vancouver, BC, have been working with their Applied Design Skills and Technology teacher, Mr. Reimer, to design a workbook for our residents and patients  at Providence Health Care to brighten their day during COVID-19. 

ST. PAUL’S FOUNDATION’S FUTURE LEADERS ARE CELEBRATING OUR HERITAGE TO SUPPORT THE FUTURE! GET THESE VERY POPULAR SHIRTS BEFORE THEY ARE SOLD OUT

(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.

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.

WELLNESS TIP OF THE DAY

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

SUPPORT RESOURCES FOR THE PHC TEAM

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

IN THE NEWS

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This page last updated May 18, 2020 6:33pm PDT