Mon, Mar 23, 2020
“Our hospitals feel empty, they feel quiet, they feel as if they are anticipating something that is about to come.”
- Health Minister Adrian Dix, March 23 press conference
|New Cases||Today's Total Cases||Cumulative Total|
|BC||Total||12||152||2,916 (2,590 recovered)|
(within the last 24 hours)
|Staff||3||12 (3 recovered)|
There are 48 new cases in B.C. since Saturday’s report. Current total of COVID-19 cases is 472.
Breakdown across health authorities: 248 in VCH, 150 in Fraser Health, 39 on Vancouver Island, 30 in Interior Health, five in Northern Health.
33 patients are currently hospitalized, 14 are in ICUs.
There have been an additional three deaths over the last two days: one at Lynn Valley Care Centre, one at Haro Park, and another was a community resident in Fraser Health.
Providence has five inpatients in total: one at MSJ, two on the SPH COVID-19 ward, two at SPH’s ICU.
There are now six long-term care facilities affected. The two new locations are German Canadian Care Home (VCH) and Delta View (FH).
100 people have now recovered.
Minister Adrian Dix updated hospital readiness at the press conference this morning. In the pre-COVID period, our acute care capacity across the province at this time would be at 103.5 per cent, but as of yesterday, it is currently 68.43 per cent.
B.C.’s Premier and Finance Minister introduced the $5 billion COVID-19 Action Plan this afternoon. Full statement with funding details here. Highlights include:
A new B.C. Emergency Benefit will give a one-time, tax-free, $1,000 payment to people whose ability to work has been affected by the outbreak. This includes workers who are sick or quarantined, and parents who need to stay at home while child-care centres and schools are closed.
The B.C. Climate Action Tax Credit in July 2020 will be increased and expanded. For example, eligible families of four will receive up to $564 in an enhanced payment.
Specific measures for rent relief will come on Wednesday.
Vancouver will be imposing fines and penalties to enforce social distancing measures. This includes fines of up to $50,000 for businesses and $1000 for individuals who aren’t in compliance.
The federal government announced $192 million in new funding for acceleration of vaccine research and development, including funding for Vancouver-based biotech company AbCellera. AbCellera is at the forefront of developing antibody-based drugs to treat and prevent COVID-19.
Canada’s outbreak update from Health Canada is available here.
We are currently working on an enhanced staff screening process, which will be available at all Providence sites. More details to come tomorrow.
Attention Staff and Medical Staff: Please use staff entrances only and NOT the Main Burrard Street Entrance to St. Paul’s Hospital.
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Information and resource links
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If you need to reach PHC’s Infection Prevention and Control Team (IPAC), please call local 69357. Do not contact individual IPAC team members.