COVID-19 MEDICAL STAFF BULLETIN - AUGUST 27, 2020

"As parents take the time to review the back-to-school plans for their schools and districts, they can take confidence in knowing the plans were built from widespread input from B.C.’s education experts, combined with the latest public health research from around in the world. Children in B.C. will join millions of others globally who are going back to in-class learning. We will be there to support our children as they learn and adapt to the new school experience in British Columbia." -- Dr. Bonnie Henry

New CasesToday's Total CasesCumulative Total
BCTotal1249745,496 (4,310 recovered)
Hospitalized23
ICU Patients7
Deaths204
VCH/PHCHospitalized3177
ICU Patients178
On Ventilator146
Discharged141
Deaths (hospital/ICU)33
SPHHospitalized35
ICU Patients10
On Ventilator9
Discharged
(within the last 24 hours)
24
Deaths13
MSJHospitalized9
Discharged9
HFHResidents53
Staff35
Total88
Deaths21
Please note: Numbers are updated at approximately 5 p.m. each day.
Situation Update
  • Today, there are 68 news cases for a total of 5,372 cases in British Columbia.

  • There are 906 active cases in the province and 4,253 people who tested positive have recovered.

  • By health authority: 1,737 VCH, 2,818 Fraser Health, 173 Island Health, 429 Interior Health, 137 Northern Health, and 78 who reside outside Canada.

  • There has been one new COVID-19 related death in the Fraser Health region for a total of 204 deaths in B.C. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Currently, 22 individuals are hospitalized with COVID-19, seven of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

  • There have been no new health-care facility outbreaks. In total, 9 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and two acute-care facilities have active outbreaks.

  • There has been one new community outbreak with seven confirmed cases at a construction site for a water treatment plant in the Interior Health region. 

  • Lastly, B.C. is reporting its first cases of suspect Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children and Adolescents, or MIS-C. There have been eight such cases diagnosed by BC Children's Hospital specialist pediatricians between March and August. To date, eight suspected cases have been reported at BC Children’s Hospital, although importantly, all have tested negative for COVID-19 and have had no known contact with reported cases.

  • Please note: there is a new Vancouver COVID-19 Testing Site in Vancouver Community College (VCC): North parking lot # 865 (entrance on 7th Avenue between Keith and Glen Drive). This site is open seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

  • The start of the school year in B.C. has been delayed for students due to ongoing preparations linked to COVID-19.Teachers will return to school on Sept. 8th, and students are expected to start on Sept. 10th. 

  • Community alerts and exposure events are now posted on the BCCDC website.

  • For today’s full statement, please click here.

HOLY FAMILY COVID-19 OUTBREAK UPDATE

Submitted by the VCH-PHC Holy Family Outbreak Management Team.

FREE STREET PARKING ENDS ON AUGUST 31 AND OTHER PARKING REMINDERS

To all staff, free health care staff parking will end on Monday, August 31, 2020. Enforcement will commence on September 1. 

UPDATED VISITORS POLICY FOR ACUTE AND LONG TERM CARE

Submitted by Dr. Janet Kow, Interim Vice President, Pandemic Response for PHC & Senior Medical Director, PHC.

INFORMATION TO PARENTS & FAMILIES: CHILD CARE RESPONSES TO COVID-19

Effective September 1, 2020, Child Care Centres are no longer required to prioritize their spaces for Essential Service Workers and will revert back to their pre-pandemic enrolment which invites regular families back to their previous spaces. 

TIPS FOR A SAFER AND MORE ENJOYABLE TRIP ON PUBLIC TRANSIT

After August 31, the City of Vancouver will suspend on-street parking exemptions for Providence Health Care staff. 

ENHANCED EMPLOYEE & FAMILY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (EFAP) STARTS SEPTEMBER 1

Homewood Health will be providing Providence staff with enhanced services through our Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) effective September 1, 2020.

STAGE 2 RESEARCH RESUMPTION GUIDELINES

Thank you to all Institute/Centre Directors and Department/Division Heads involved with research at Providence Health Care for your efforts in coordinating and submitting your Stage 1 Research Resumption Plans.

RESEARCH IN THE TIME OF COVID-19: Q&A WITH NATALIE KINLOCH

The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed how we all live and work. It’s also changed how we do science. At Providence Health Care, our research community has been faced with shuttered labs and offices, financial uncertainty, and a rapid shift to virtual research environments.

KNOWLEDGE TRANSLATION CHALLENGE 2019: TEAM SPOTLIGHT

“Implementation of Harm Reduction Best Practices in Acute Psychiatry” is the winning project in this year’s Knowledge Translation Challenge! 

REMINDER: STAFF MUST USE DESIGNATED STAFF ENTRANCES TO ENTER & EXIT THE BUILDING AT ST. PAUL’S HOSPITAL

To ensure the Screeners at the hospital entrance have the time and space to best enable them to screen visitors and patients, staff are reminded to use ONLY the designated staff entrances to access our sites. 

REMINDER: UNIDENTIFIED PAGERS TO BE DECOMMISSIONED ON SEPTEMBER 30

Important update: Pager call back numbers have been updated to (604) 875-4745 and (604) 806-9099.

ATTEND A VIRTUAL TOWN HALL ON AMAZON WEB SERVICES (AWS): A GAME CHANGER FOR COVID-19 DETECTION, DIAGNOSIS AND THERAPY ON SEPTEMBER 9

Discover a new type of technology which enables an advanced and innovative approach to clinical care and research in light of COVID-19 on September 9th.

STAFF WELLNESS AND SUPPORT

The Wellness & Support Team encourages you to reach out for help when you need it.  You’re there for them.  We’re there for you.

REMINDER: TAKE OUR 1-MINUTE TRAVEL SURVEY

Take a short survey and share your input for the new St. Paul’s Hospital project.

This page last updated Aug 27, 2020 6:06pm PDT