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COVID-19 STAFF BULLETIN - May 28, 2020

“There are two health emergencies, and to those 117 people and their families, I would also like to express my condolences and my sense of sorrow with them today with the loss of their loved ones.” - Health Minister Adrian Dix, May 28 press briefing, speaking about the opioid crisis.

New CasesToday's Total CasesCumulative Total
BCTotal112,573 (2,181 recovered)
Hospitalized35
ICU Patients5
Deaths0164
VCH/PHCHospitalized11158
ICU Patients471
On Ventilator443
Discharged0119
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 nine new cases today, bringing the total to 2558.

  • By health authority - 899 VCH, 1274 Fraser Health, 127 Island Health, 195 Interior Health, 63 Northern Health.

  • There is one new health care related outbreak at a LTC site in Fraser Health, Nicola Lodge. There is a single case so far.

  • There are no new community outbreaks. The outbreak at the Mission federal correctional facility is now over.

  • Currently, there are 241 active cases in the province. 33 of these people are in hospital, with six patients in the ICU.

  • There have been two additional deaths, both in LTC in Fraser Health.

  • Hospitals across the province are up to 70 per cent capacity. ICUs are up to 52 per cent capacity.

  • Read the full update HERE.

  • Vancouver Park Board will be reopening more than 320 outdoor recreation facilities starting tomorrow. Playgrounds will be open by Monday to align with the restart of in-class learning. More details available HERE.

MAY 28 TOWN HALL IDEAS AND Q&A: PART ONE

If you missed the Thursday, May 28 PHC All-Staff Town Hall, here’s Part One of the Ideas and Q&A, which includes answers and comments to the questions and ideas that were raised during the session.

FROM THE DAILY SCAN: HANDHELD ULTRASOUND TECHNOLOGY WILL HELP DIAGNOSE COVID-19 FASTER

At St. Paul’s Hospital, home to one of the busiest emergency departments in the province, the sickest patients can get access to detailed diagnostic tests around the clock. But that hasn’t been the same in rural areas. Until now.

PARKING UPDATE: THE CITY OF VANCOUVER & THE WALL CENTRE EXTENDS ITS PARKING FOR HEALTH CARE STAFF

City of Vancouver extends its parking for Health Care Workers and Wall Centre extends to 14 hours the duration of the parking day.

FAQ:COVID-19 PCR TESTING AND PATIENT INFECTIVITY - UPDATED MAY 28, 2020

This page provides answers to frequently asked questions related to testing and patient infectivity. These questions and answers provide additional clarity on existing policies.

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.

BUS SERVICE CHANGES STARTING JUNE 1

On Monday, June 1, fare collection and front-door boarding on buses will resume along with easing seat restrictions to add as much passenger capacity as possible (about two-thirds). To support the growing number of people who are returning to transit – over the past month, TransLink says bus ridership has increased 30% – TransLink is also restoring bus services to pre-pandemic levels. 

ADVISORY: CRITICAL UPDATE FOR ZOOM FOR HEALTH CARE DESKTOP CLIENTS

As of May 31, Zoom for Healthcare desktop client versions prior to 5.0 will no longer work and must be updated.

FREE MENTORSHIP/TUTORING PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN OF HEALTH CARE WORKERS

A group of UBC students, including the daughter of Providence cardiologist Dr. Brett Heilbron, has launched a free mentorship program for children of health care workers. Kassandra Heilbron and her colleagues wanted to help express their gratitude to all of those on the frontlines during this crisis so they launched Mentoring the Stars. They have felt the impact of transitioning to online learning themselves, and wanted to help younger students.

SURVEY REVEALS WHAT MATTERS MOST TO STAFF WORKING REMOTELY AT PROVIDENCE

Our lives have forever been changed since COVID-19 hit our province. We have learned new terms (like flatten the curve), new behaviours (like physical distancing), and for those of us who were able to do so, new ways of working away from office.

NEW RESEARCH: LOCAL COVID-19 PATIENTS HAVE BETTER ICU OUTCOMES

The overall mortality rate for COVID-19 patients admitted to intensive care units (ICUs) across the Lower Mainland during the first peak of infection was significantly lower than in other regions around the world, finds a new study.

FROM THE DAILY SCAN: GETTING PATIENTS MOVING AFTER COVID-19

For the more than one hundred physiotherapists and rehab assistants embedded at each of Providence Health Care’s sites, the global pandemic has completely transformed how they help get patients, residents and clients back on the move. That includes those who are most critically ill with COVID-19.

HOW TO MOVE TOWARDS A ‘NEW NORMAL’ WHEN WE STILL FEEL ANXIOUS?

As we now begin to expand our “bubbles” of human interaction in Phase 2 of the Province’s Restart Plan, each of us may be experiencing different emotional responses.  Some are ready and eager to jump in with both feet; others are preparing to move more slowly, to dip their toe to test the water first before making changes. To varying degrees, many may fear the downstream effects of reopening and remain anxious about a second wave of the virus.  

WELLNESS TIP OF THE DAY

Try to identify and value your own personal COVID Silver-Linings.

INTERIM VCH PRESIDENT & CEO MEMO

An all staff and medical staff memo from Dr. Penny Ballem, Board Chair, VCH.

This page last updated May 28, 2020 5:32pm PDT