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COVID-19 Medical Staff Bulletin - March 16, 2021

“This is a time of hope for all of us – a time when we can start to look forward, knowing brighter days are ahead. As we do, let’s ensure we are also keeping to few faces, open spaces and with all of our safety layers in place.”

Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, and Adrian Dix, Minister of Health

Please note: Numbers are updated on weekdays at 5 p.m.

New CasesToday's Total CasesCumulative Total
BCTotal4984,85189,427 (83,083 recovered)
Hospitalized281
ICU Patients83
Deaths41,411
VCH/PHCHospitalized
ICU Patients
On Ventilator
Discharged
Deaths (hospital/ICU)
PHCHospitalized
ICU Patients
On Ventilator
Discharged
(within the last 24 hours)
Deaths
*patients that are currently being cared for as COVID-positive
Situation Update
  • For Tuesday, March 16: 556 new cases were announced for a total of 88,929 COVID-19 cases in British Columbia.
  • New cases by health authority region:
    • Northern Health – 41
    • Interior Health – 16
    • Island Health – 27
    • Fraser Health – 331
    • Vancouver Coastal – 139
  • To date, 424,517 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in B.C., 87,070 of which are second doses. Immunization data is available on the COVID-19 dashboard at: www.bccdc.ca
  • There have been 116 new confirmed COVID-19 cases that are variants of concern identified in our province in the last day, for a total of 996 cases.
  • Read Tuesday's joint statement on BC's COVID-19 response.

MESSAGE FROM FIONA DALTON, PRESIDENT & CEO

A message from Fiona Dalton, Providence President & CEO, on changes to PHC Senior Leadership Team (SLT) roles and accountabilities. 

VACCINATION UPDATE: IMMUNIZATION CLINICS NOW OPEN FOR MORE HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS

Last week, we were able to further expand vaccination eligibility and invite more priority groups to immunization clinics.

VACCINE QUESTION OF THE DAY

Q: I’ve heard that the AstraZeneca vaccine can cause blood clots. Is this true?

IT’S REALLY HAPPENING!

An auspicious, safely-masked kick off for a new, pandemic-ready hospital that will be almost twice the size of the current St. Paul’s.

CELEBRATING SOCIAL WORK WEEK, MARCH 15 - 19

Given the experiences of this past year, we wanted to highlight the significant contributions of social workers at our long-term care sites.

2021 PHC PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE RECOGNITION AWARDS: NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS

Submitted on behalf of Candy Garossino, Director Professional Practice and Nursing 

Each year generous donors to St. Paul's Foundation and the Professional Practice Office recognize staff for outstanding clinical practice and ongoing education.

SING IT LOUD: MARCH IS MUSIC THERAPY MONTH!

To celebrate Music Therapy Month, hear what our Providence musical therapists have been up to at their sites.

ELECTRONIC PAYMENTS FOR EMPLOYEE REIMBURSEMENTS PROCESSED BY ACCOUNTS PAYABLE

Effective May 1st 2021, Accounts Payable (AP) will utilize employee banking details provided to Payroll to process employee reimbursements via direct deposit rather than cheque.

GETTING TO KNOW THE FACES BEHIND THE MASKS AT ST. PAUL’S MATERNITY

The “Hello my name is...” wall in the Maternity unit at St. Paul’s Hospital shows the faces behind the masks. This project, spearheaded by the Maternity unit clerks, brings together 70 smiling faces of the team members that patients may meet during their stay, and allows patients to see their care providers and support staff as people.

PLEASE COMPLETE THE NEW PHC STAFFING SYSTEM SURVEY

This spring, Providence is launching a new online scheduling tool called Andgo for unionized staff scheduled by PHC’s centralized Staffing office.

ETHICS & DIVERSITY IN THE PURSUIT OF BELONGING VIRTUAL CONFERENCE MARCH 22-25

Providence staff are invited to attend the Covenant Health Ethics & Discernment Centre’s first virtual conference on Ethics and Diversity in the Pursuit of Belonging happening March 22-25.

2021 GERIATRIC SERVICES CONFERENCE IS FRIDAY, MARCH 26

March 26 is the Virtual Geriatric Services Conference, Creating Synergy, Inspiring Change.

MARCH 17 IS DIETITIAN’S DAY! ENTER OUR NUTRITION MONTH CONTEST FOR PRIZES

Celebrate Dietitian's Day tomorrow with PHC RDs by entering into our Nutrition Month Contest here for a chance to win a cookbook, Sodexo gift cards, among other prices! Contest open to all PHC Staff.

CHÉOS DIRECTOR DR. ASLAM ANIS ANNOUNCED AS NEW DIRECTOR OF UBC SPPH

Dr. Aslam Anis has been announced as the new Director of UBC's School of Population and Public Health, where he has been a vital member of the community since 1995. 

YOU ARE HERE FOR THEM, WE ARE HERE FOR YOU

Please call the Staff COVID-19 Support line: 604-806-9925 or x69925 to receive a call back from a PHC staff person trained in psychological first aid. They will provide you with support and wellness resources.

This page last updated Mar 16, 2021 5:39pm PDT