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COVID-19 Staff Bulletin - Tuesday, April 7, 2020

“Today marks World Health Day and National Caregiver Day...Whether you’re a doctor or a nurse, someone who keeps our hospital clean or a home care worker, thank you for taking such good care of us...I hope Canadians honk a little louder when your shift ends today.”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Daily Briefing

New CasesToday's Total CasesCumulative Total
BCTotal92,558 (2,153 recovered)
Hospitalized33
ICU Patients6
Deaths2164
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

No new LTC outbreaks today. 

  • Overall, 214 people in 21 LTC homes have tested positive for COVID-19 

    • 132 residents

    • 82 staff

  • Two major PPE shipments arrived in BC this week and are currently being evaluated, tested and validated for use.

  • 900 new spaces have been secured for BC’s vulnerable population to self-isolate and reduce the spread of COVID-19, including a 60 room hotel in the DTES. To read the full news release, click here.

  • Stanley Park will be car-free beginning Wednesday, to reduce congestion and allow for physical distancing for cyclists, joggers and pedestrians.

  • The federal government says more than 5,000 Canadian companies have stepped up to fight COVID-19, including a local company making the country’s first N95 respirators.  Read the story here.

  • Here’s PM Trudeau’s full briefing for April 7th.

VANCOUVER COMMUNITY COVID-19 RESPONSE RESOURCES FOR HOMELESS /PRECARIOUSLY HOUSED POPULATION

VCH has been working with the City of Vancouver and BC Housing on a plan to respond to the housing and clinical needs of Vancouver's street homeless and shelter populations during the COVID-19 pandemic. As the situation evolves, plans will have to adapt, but here's what's in place to date. 

REMINDER: TRIAGE AND ASSESSMENT GUIDELINES

As we prepare for a possible influx of covid patients, we wanted to remind you the Triage and Assessment screening guidelines and Investigation Pathway for Hospitalized Patients are posted on the COVID-19 website

NEW: STAFF SUPPORT TOOLKIT

Visit the new STAFF SUPPORT section on our COVID-19 website for information on mental health & wellness support, offers & discounts, parking, childcare and more. ​

WELLNESS TIPS OF THE DAY

Learn how to take care of your physical and mental wellness with these resources and tips for staff.

COMPASS CARD REFUNDS

The entire community is thankful for your hard work and the long hours you are working during this critical time. We are pleased to inform you that TransLink is offering Compass Card refunds to anyone who has purchased a monthly pass for April or a partial refund for March. 

INCREASE IN PHISHING EMAILS TARGETING HEALTH AUTHORITY EMPLOYEES

Health authorities across B.C. have been experiencing a spike in the number of phishing email attacks over the past few days. This is due to cybercriminals exploiting the uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Here are some tips to help.

DROP-IN PPE SESSIONS THIS WEEK AT SPH

As part of ongoing efforts to ensure the appropriate use of PPE, all staff are invited to attend drop-in sessions this week at SPH in the 7 C/D Conference Room.

PHC SOURCES iPADS TO HELP COVID-19 PATIENTS STAY CONNECTED WITH LOVED ONES

COVID-19 presents new challenges to how we care for our most vulnerable people, including isolating individuals from their families and friends. Here's how PHC is helping our patients stay connected to loved ones during these challenging times.  

PROVIDENCE EXCELLENCE TRANSFORMING CARE FOR HEART PATIENTS IN THE UK

This heart-warming story from the UK is a great example of how the innovative and patient-centred care at Providence is being recognized around the world.

A LETTER TO ALL PHC HEALTH CARE WORKERS - FROM JACK, IN GRADE 7

Grade 7 student Jack wrote a letter to all PHC health care workers, thanking you for all your hard work and trying to find a cure.  

PROVIDENCE IN THE NEWS

Please see below for several media stories of note with mentions of PHC and numerous staff and representatives:

REMINDER: 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. 

This page last updated Apr 7, 2020 6:29pm PDT