Fri, Mar 20, 2020

“At Providence, we have a history of doing the right thing in times of crisis.”
– Fiona Dalton, President & CEO, Providence Health Care

New CasesToday's Total CasesCumulative Total
BCTotal121522,916 (2,590 recovered)
ICU Patients4
ICU Patients274
On Ventilator044
Deaths (hospital/ICU)030
ICU Patients19
On Ventilator09
(within the last 24 hours)
Staff312 (3 recovered)
Please note: Numbers are updated at approximately 5 p.m. each day.
Situation Update
  • On Friday, the Ministry of Health confirmed 77 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. for a total of 348 cases in the province. 
  • The individuals are in the Vancouver Coastal, Fraser, Island and Interior health regions, and were confirmed positive. Of these cases, 22 are in hospital (including 10 in ICU) and the rest are self-isolating at home. Six people have fully recovered. 
  • Three of these cases are inpatients at St. Paul’s Hospital and one receives outpatient dialysis at the site.
  • At the Lynn Valley Care Centre, 36 residents and 18 health care workers have tested positive for COVID-19. 
  • Dr. Henry said that around two dozen health care workers in B.C. have tested positive for COVID-19, although most of these cases have been mild. 

COVID-19 Assessment Site for PHC Staff and Medical staff

A new staff assessment site for Providence staff, physicians and community health care providers opened this morning.

Testing criteria:

  • Must provide direct care to patients, clients or residents;
  • AND have symptoms such as onset cough, OR fever, OR shortness of breath OR other cold-like symptoms

Note: Asymptomatic staff will not be tested.

The Site is located at the Advanced Parking Surface Lot #9075 at 4875 Heather Street:

New Staff Support – Support Line (604.806.9925), Hotel Accommodation, Nap Rooms & Hot Showers

To alleviate some of the immense stress on our staff and medical staff who are engaged in PHC’s COVID-19 response, Providence is launching several supports for staff now and to sustain us going forward. We’re grateful for your hard work in these challenging times, and we want to know that you are not alone.

Self-isolation and Staff Returning from Travel

We are aware of the potential of conflicting messages regarding whether health care workers, too, need to self-isolate after travel. The direction from the Provincial Health Officer that all British Columbians who travelled outside Canada and returned on or after March 12, 2020, and must self-isolate at home does not apply to asymptomatic essential workers.

Working Remotely During COVID-19

Working remotely can be challenging at first. However, Providence Informatics has developed a Working Remotely toolkit to help you find the right solution for your needs. Click here to view the toolkit. Keep your eyes peeled for more update on Remote Access next week!

Staff Redeployment

Over the coming days and weeks, many of us will find ourselves in new and unfamiliar situations. We’re going to need each other, and it will require us all to shed our usual roles and lead with compassion as we have done so many times before. 

We have heard from many of you who have expressed keen interest in helping. In this spirit of stepping up to do “whatever it takes” to help Providence manage COVID-19, we are creating a central pool of staff, students and volunteers who can be assigned to alternate work roles in critical areas of need.

We are Hiring!

As the organization continues to plan and offer exceptional patient care, we continue to hire new staff to fill existing or new vacancies as well as immediate assistance. There is no hiring freeze during this time and we encourage people who are interested to apply directly:

COVID-19 Kindness: Share your stories!

As everyone at Providence and across our communities works together to respond to the coronavirus crisis, we want to hear your “good news” health care stories of compassion, kindness, inspiration and generosity. Big or small, we’d love to learn more about the things that are making a difference and giving you a reason to smile. Photos or video are also welcome. We are hoping to share these stories on social media, so please let us know if that is ok.

Understanding social distancing

The term ‘social distancing’ is circulating almost as quickly as COVID-19 and with perhaps even less clarity about what it actually means. A more accurate phrase is physical-social distancing because we want to help people stay physically further apart, while remaining socially connected. 

This page last updated Mar 24, 2020 4:03pm PDT