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Sat, Mar 21, 2020

  • On Saturday, the Ministry of Health confirmed 74 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. for a total of 424 cases in the province.
  • There was also one additional death related to the Lynn Valley Care Centre, bringing the total number of fatalities in B.C. to 10.
  • Cases by health authority: 230 in VCH, 126 in Fraser Health, 37 in Island Health, 27 in Interior Health, four in Northern Health.
  • Five new cases admitted to hospital: 27 in hospital (of those 12 are in ICU). The rest are self-isolating at home. 
  • Four of these cases are inpatients at St. Paul¡¯s Hospital (2 in ICU and 2 on the Ward).
  • Dr. Bonnie Henry ordered the closure of personal services establishments today. This includes spas, salons, tattoo shops and massage parlours.
  •  The latest BC Government news release is available here.
  • B.C.'s Minister of Housing announced rent relief will be coming for those who need it. Details will be announced in the coming days.
  • In addition, there is work underway on self-isolation options for the homeless, including hotel space in the DTES for those who need to self-isolate. There are protocols for those living on the street, living in parks, living in SROs and living in transition housing.
  • New harm reduction resources from the BCCDC with tips on practicing safer drug use and preventing the spread of infection. There is also adownloadable version.
  • The border between Canada and the United States is now closed, as of midnight last night, to all non-essential travel.
  • For the latest Canadian updates, visit the Public Health Agency of Canada website. 
  • For the latest global case counts, please see the WHO situation reports, available here.
New CasesToday's Total CasesCumulative Total
BCTotal121522,916 (2,590 recovered)
Hospitalized18524
ICU Patients4
Deaths0174
VCH/PHCHospitalized08166
ICU Patients274
On Ventilator044
Discharged0128
Deaths (hospital/ICU)030
SPHHospitalized0432
ICU Patients19
On Ventilator09
Discharged
(within the last 24 hours)
021
Deaths08
MSJHospitalized9
Discharged9
HFHResidents037
Staff312 (3 recovered)
Total349
Deaths05
Please note: Numbers are updated at approximately 5 p.m. each day.

NEW VISITATION POLICY RULES IN EFFECT

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Providence Health Care is working closely with the Ministry of Health and BC¡¯s other health authorities to protect the health of all British Columbians, particularly the most vulnerable, in our Long Term Care and Acute Care settings.

For Long Term Care (LTC):
An order was issued on March 20th by Vancouver Coastal Health¡¯s Medical Health Officer which changes the visiting policy in Long Term Care effective immediately.

ADDITIONAL PROTECTIONS ANNOUNCED FOR LONG-TERM CARE RESIDENTS

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Providence Health Care is working closely with the Ministry of Health and BC's other health authorities to protect the health of all British Columbians, particularly the most vulnerable, including seniors living in long-term care homes.

To protect this population and address anticipated pressures on the acute care system, Providence is adopting the advice of Ministry of Health for health authorities to:

ESSENTIAL EMPLOYEES UPDATE FROM HEABC

Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) has shared with Providence, effective immediately, new information regarding the definition of essential employees, employees caring for children or family members, employees with underlying health conditions and employees who are pregnant.

CARING FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILY MEMBERS

On March 17, 2020 the BC government announced the indefinite closure of K to 12 schools. Employees who are unable to attend work because they are required to care for their children may access paid leave banks such as vacation and banked overtime.

In these circumstances, staff do not qualify for a paid general leave or sick leave. If you do not have vacation or banked overtime and cannot attend work, you will be placed on an unpaid leave of absence.

MEDICAL STAFF UPDATE FROM PUBLIC HEALTH

The Office of the Chief Medical Health Officer issued a new Physicians' Update on March 20th. Included in the update:

DONATING SUPPLIES

There has been a lot of social media talk about donating PPE to hospitals and health authorities. This has created confusion amongst staff and the public. In response, Providence posted this message on our social media channels. Please share with your networks.

VIROLOGY LABORATORY AT SPH FIRST IN CANADA TO HAVE NEW HIGH THROUGHPUT COVID-19 TESTING CAPABILITY

Today, the Virology Laboratory at St. Paul¡¯s Hospital started using a new high throughput, fully automated COVID-19 testing method called “Roche 6800”, the first in Canada.

CHANGES TO RETAIL FOOD SERVICE

  • On March 20, B.C.¡¯s Provincial Health Officer ordered all eating establishments across the province to stop providing dine-in services.
  • In order to comply, effective immediately, all hospital retail outlets with dedicated seating of greater than 10 seats (i.e. the St. Paul's and MSJ cafeterias) are closed to public and available for staff only. On site signage to this effect is forthcoming.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PROVIDENCE HEALTH CARE RESEARCH INSTITUTE INVESTIGATORS

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, PHCRI will follow exactly the same procedures as outlined by UBC for research (subject to the directives implemented by the health authority research institutes for clinical trials and CREB approved clinical research). Therefore, as of March 24, 2020, all research activities should be curtailed; faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and visiting professors should work remotely and avoid entering Providence facilities. 

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.

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