Sun, Mar 22, 2020

"A special thanks to all you kids. Thank you for helping your parents work from home... for doing math class around the kitchen table, and for trusting in science." 
- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Sunday, March 22

"Shut down, stay put, save lives." 
- Kennedy Stewart, Mayor of Vancouver, Sunday, March 22

New CasesToday's Total CasesCumulative Total
BCTotal251,291 (805 recovered)
Hospitalized138
ICU Patients66
Deaths443
VCH/PHCHospitalized654112
– ICU Patients01749
– On Ventilator01330
Discharged453
Deaths (hospital/ICU)16
SPHHospitalized10
– ICU Patients3
– On Ventilator3
Discharged (within the last 24 hours)0
MSJHospitalized2
Please note: Numbers are updated at approximately 5 p.m. each day.
Situation Update
  • B.C.’s Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, took a much needed day off today and did not provide a Sunday update.
  • As of yesterday (Saturday), B.C. has 424 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
  • Three confirmed cases are patients at St. Paul’s Hospital.
  • Across the country, the number of confirmed cases as of this morning is 1,302 and 19 deaths.
  • On Monday, the Mayor will Vancouver Council to strengthen enforcement tools, including significant fines, to ensure there’s 100 percent compliance with business closures and social distancing.
  • Today, the Vancouver Park Board closed all public outdoor recreation facilities within parks and beaches. Parking lots, volleyball, skate parks, field sports, tennis, and more are now closed to ensure people maintain a social distance of two metres away from each other.
  • The House of Commons will convene Tuesday to pass emergency legislation, including $82 billion in support for families, workers and businesses impacted by COVID-19.
  • To read Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s full statement from this morning, click here.
  • Just a reminder, Canadian Blood Services still needs you. Please book an appointment to donate blood.

URGENT REQUEST TO RESIDENTS FROM PROVIDENCE HEALTH CARE

The Medical Staff at Providence have written a letter to Dr. Bonnie Henry, providing support and feedback in guiding B.C. through the current COVID-19 crisis. Here’s the letter:

March 22, 2020: An Urgent Request to Residents of British Columbia From the Providence Health Care Medical Staff Association and Medical Staff colleagues from across BC (hospital physicians, surgeons and other medical staff) 

ACCESSING PHYSICIAN/ STAFF COVID-19 TESTING RESULTS

We understand how stressful it is to wait, but PLEASE DO NOT CALL VIROLOGY, MICROBIOLOGY OR THE GENERAL LAB for your personal COVID-19 testing results.

Positive results will be communicated out to staff and providers as soon as they are available.

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.

STATS ON THE FIRST WEEK OF THE GREETER PROGRAM

We’re proud to share that 1,180+ hours were filled and covered during the first week of PHC’s Greeter Program. In total, more than 90 Providence people stepped up and came together to volunteer their time to be a greeter across Providence sites. At the beginning of the week, 150 shifts a day were scheduled. Now, we’re covering about 80 shifts a day.

Thank you for taking the time to support our staff, colleagues, patients and residents. Your dedication, courage, and work is appreciated by not only the organization, but also by the people that we serve, thank you.

DAILY APPLAUSE FOR HEALTH CARE WORKERS

A grassroots movement to thank health care workers around the world is spreading across Vancouver. Dubbed “Public Applause for Health Care Workers” on social media, Vancouverites are standing on their balconies every night at 7pm applauding our health care heroes.  Here’s the article from the Daily Hive.  #TogetherWeCanDoIt and #Cheer4HealthWorkers.

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