COVID-19 Medical Staff Bulletin - April 3, 2020

“It’s unbelievable the kindness we’ve been receiving from the ICU. It feels better to know he has such an amazing team around him.”
    - Instagram post from the daughter of a SPH patient (see below for her full post)

New CasesToday's Total CasesCumulative Total
BCTotal291203 (704 recovered)
Hospitalized3149
ICU Patients468
Deaths338
VCH/PHCHospitalized
ICU Patients
On Ventilator
Discharged
Deaths
SPHHospitalized10
ICU Patients3
On Ventilator3
Discharged2
Deaths
MSJHospitalized2
Discharged
Situation Update
  • There is one additional LTC outbreak for a total of 22 LTC outbreaks, with 176 of the COVID-19 cases from these facilities.

  • Recent outbreaks at LTC sites have been identified with a single staff member or resident testing positive due to active surveillance teams at VCH and FH.

  • Three of the four new deaths announced today are related to either the Haro Park or Lynn Valley outbreaks.

  • Between March 17 and April 2, 11276 surgeries have been cancelled across the province.

  • BC Ferries announced major reductions in its schedule today, including cancellation of the Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo route.

  • Ontario Health released its modelling projections today, including best and worst case scenarios. To view the report, please click here.

  • The federal government has signed a deal with Amazon Canada to deliver PPE, ventilators and test kits across the country.

  • For a full transcript of the PM’s public address today, please click here.

 

 

WATCH THE PHC ALL-STAFF TOWN HALL HERE

Thank you to the more than 1,800 PHC staff members who watched this morning’s virtual PHC all-staff town hall where we answered many of your questions about PHC’s response to COVID-19. If you missed it, please click here to watch it. For questions that weren’t answered during the session, we will be working on those in the next few days and will send out a link soon.

COVID-19 HANDOUT FOR PATIENTS NOW AVAILABLE

We have created an easy-to-read pamphlet specifically for in-patients. The handout uses simple graphics and plain language to help patients understand how they can protect themselves -- and help us do our jobs more safely.

COVID-19 AND SUBSTANCE USE

The B.C. Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) has worked with provincial and regional partners to develop new provincial clinical guidance - effective immediately - for health-care providers to stem the spread of COVID-19 and respond to the ongoing overdose emergency.

ENHANCING INFECTION PREVENTION, CONTROL IN SENIORS’ CARE HOMES

As part of British Columbia’s emergency novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response plan, the Province is partnering with the BC Care Providers Association (BCCPA) to launch EquipCare BC to help seniors in long-term care and assisted living homes. 

UPDATE: PARKING FOR STAFF AND MEDICAL STAFF

Further to the Health Minister’s announcement on Monday that parking is now free for staff and medical staff, payroll deductions for parking have stopped until such time as this offer comes to an end.

UPDATE: ACCOMMODATION PROCESS FOR PREGNANT OR IMMUNOCOMPROMISED STAFF

For the past few weeks, we have had staff inquire about their ability to work in the health care setting if they are pregnant or have underlying medical conditions. Most often, staff have been reaching out directly to Occupational Health and Safety. After discussions with Vancouver Coastal Health and our provincial partners, it is important to note that staff making these inquiries should first contact their leader. 

AN ALTERNATE CARE SITE AT THE VANCOUVER CONVENTION CENTRE

PHC is assisting VCH, the Ministry of Health, Health Emergency Management BC, the Canadian Red Cross and B.C.'s Mobile Medical Unit to mobilize an alternate care site at the Vancouver Convention Centre as part of COVID-19 preparedness planning.  While the province continues to be cautiously optimistic that the COVID-19 curve can be flattened, precautionary steps continue to be taken, including setting up an alternate care site.

FAXING PRESCRIPTIONS FROM YOUR PHONE TO PHARMACY

PHC TurboScan and SRFax Service technology enablers are being rolled out to support Virtual Health. A secure email-to-fax service is available for use for Providers (Physicians and Nurse Practitioners) who need the ability to prescribe remotely during the COVID-19 crisis. Providers will be able to “fax” their hand-written prescriptions securely via email. Some electronic medical records – Plexia, Profile and Oscar are set up with SRFax to send from within the EMR.

EXPEDITED CST CERNER TRAINING FOR PROVIDERS

In response to COVID-19, CST has partnered with senior medical leadership across VCH, PHC, and PHSA to institute a new CST Cerner provider training model. Effectively immediately, CST Cerner training will be delivered using an expedited model for providers until further notice. 

REMINDER: PHC MSA ONLY VIRTUAL TOWN HALL MONDAY, APRIL 6 AT 6PM

Medical staff are invited to join the regular town hall on Monday evenings at 6pm with Dr. Janet Kow and Dr. Victor Leung. 

CARE PACKAGE FOR MED STAFF REQUIRED TO ISOLATE (MEDICAL STAFF ONLY)

Contact pass@providencehealth.bc.ca if you are interested in receiving a care package to help make things a little easier while you’re in self isolation. 

PACIFIC BLUE CROSS REIMBURSEMENT OF TELE-HEALTH AND VIRTUAL SERVICES

​In support of social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, reimbursement for various tele-health and virtual services is now available to all employees who receive benefits from Pacific Blue Cross.  Benefits eligibility varies from plan to plan. Please sign-in to your Member Profile to check your coverage details. ​​

COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM T-SHIRTS

COVID-19 Response Team T-shirts are currently being distributed to PHC locations. 

There are limited quantities of these shirts so distribution should be considered first for those PHC employees who are patient and/or public facing in their roles. 

A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR UNION PARTNERS AND UNIONIZED STAFF

We have for many years been blessed to enjoy collaborative relationships with our partner unions. This has always helped us all serve those most in need in the care, education and research for which Providence is known. 

PROVIDENCE IN THE NEWS

Please read more for several media stories of note with mentions of Providence and numerous staff and representatives.

FEEL GOOD MOMENT

Providence received this wonderful note from an ICU patient’s family member on Instagram. Great job everyone!

This page last updated Apr 3, 2020 6:34pm PDT