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COVID-19 STAFF BULLETIN - MAY 22, 2020

“Phase 2 of our BC's Restart Plan is about pausing before moving forward; being thoughtful and cautious to keep everyone safe, while COVID-19 remains in our communities.” - Today’s joint statement by Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix

New CasesToday's Total CasesCumulative Total
BCTotal122,530 (2,102 recovered)
Hospitalized37
ICU Patients7
Deaths4161
VCH/PHCHospitalized15158
ICU Patients471
On Ventilator443
Discharged0116
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
  • 18 new cases of COVID-19 announced in BC today, for a total of 310 active cases. 
  • Three new COVID-19 related deaths in the Fraser Health region reported in the last 24 hours, for a total of 155 deaths in British Columbia.
  • Of the total COVID-19 cases, 41 individuals are hospitalized, eight of whom are in intensive care.
  • The total number of reported COVID-19 cases in the province is 2,507. 2,042 people who tested positive have recovered (81% of cases).
  • There have been no new health care outbreaks, and the outbreak at Lions Gate Hospital has been declared over. In total, 14 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and two acute-care units have active outbreaks.
  • While Phase 2 is now underway, the provincial health officer order restricting mass gatherings to no more than 50 individuals remains in place. Further, the order has been amended to also include no more than 50 vehicles for outdoor drive-in events, with a restriction on the sale of refreshments. Anyone attending these events must stay in their cars unless they have to go to washrooms, which must be serviced with running water for proper hand hygiene.
  • The Province is allowing restaurants and pubs to apply to expand their patio areas to allow for proper physical distancing requirements.  Read the full news release here.
  • The Federal government has a new website to help Canadians find financial help. If you need support but don’t know where to start, this tool will help determine what you’re eligible for.

GUIDANCE ON VISITORS AND ESSENTIAL VISITS IN ACUTE CARE AND HOSPICE

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are working closely with the Ministry of Health to protect the health of everyone in B.C.. An updated Ministry of Health policy provides expanded guidance and definitions about visitors and essential visits, noting that health authorities should continue to restrict visitors to essential visits only.

JOIN US FOR A VIRTUAL TOWN HALL ON THURSDAY MAY 28, 2020!

You are invited to participate in a virtual town hall for all Providence staff, medical staff, researchers and volunteers on Thursday, May 28, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

At our last town hall we talked about our immediate plans to gradually increase our surgical and ambulatory activity and resume some of our pre-COVID activity. We also touched on how COVID-19 made us rapidly shift how we do our work in new (and sometimes better) ways, and how we need to adjust to a new world with COVID-19.

TRANSIT CHANGES KEEP METRO VANCOUVER MOVING SAFELY IN PHASE 2

This week marked a key transition in BC’s response to COVID-19. We are now in Phase 2, which means people are returning to the workplace, to school and generally to places that matter to them as our region reopens. 

VCH DTES COVID-19 TESTING SITE MOVED

As of Monday, May 25, VCH’s DTES COVID-19 testing site, previously at 611 Powell Street, will be moving to a new location at 429 Alexander Street.

The new location will continue to offer testing and all the same services on a walk-in basis to serve those within our vulnerable DTES population presenting with COVID-19 symptoms.

BC CENTRE FOR DISEASE CONTROL SURVEY

The BC Centre for Disease Control has launched a province-wide COVID-19 survey. This survey is the first of several activities that will strengthen the pandemic response and the understanding of the impacts of COVID-19 to date (social, economic, mental wellness and community wellness). At the end of the survey, you will be asked about participating in two important initiatives:

WELLNESS TIPS OF THE DAY

Eat nuts, yogurt, and whole grains to increase your energy, focus and concentration.

Start enjoying the outdoors more, practice mindfulness, and talk to friends and family to reduce fears and anxieties associated with reopening BC.  ​​

REMINDER: WELLNESS SURVEY AND UPDATE ON WELLNESS SUPPORTS

Here at Providence, we want to hear from you.  Please share with us your feedback on what wellness & support services you accessed during COVID-19 — what did you find value in and what can we improve on?  Please take five minutes to answer a 7 question survey.

UPDATE: The wellness supports listed below will remain in place for the foreseeable future.  PHC wants to assure you that your wellness and safety remain a top priority.

IN THE NEWS

Kelley Schedewitz runs a hair salon in Gastown but has been working as a cleaner at St. Paul's since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. It's her way of giving back to the community. JASON PAYNE / PNG

Check out the latest media coverage featuring Providence:

This page last updated May 22, 2020 5:32pm PDT