COVID-19 MEDICAL STAFF BULLETIN - September 10, 2020

“We know people have stepped up to stop the spread, and right now we need good people to step forward to help deliver these life-saving initiatives.”

- Premier John Horgan

New CasesToday's Total CasesCumulative Total
BCTotal132 1,4616,962 (5,273 recovered)
Hospitalized49
ICU Patients10
Deaths0213
VCH/PHCHospitalized215194
ICU Patients0482
On Ventilator247
Discharged10147
Deaths (hospital/ICU)033
SPHHospitalized745
ICU Patients212
On Ventilator110
Discharged
(within the last 24 hours)
25
Deaths13
MSJHospitalized9
Discharged9
HFHResidents053 (32 recovered)
Staff136 (35 recovered)
Total89
Deaths21
Please note: Numbers are updated at approximately 5 p.m. each day.
Situation Update
  • Today, Sept. 10, there are 139 new cases, for a total of 6,830 cases in British Columbia. This is a new single-day record. 
  • There are 1,412 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, 3,109 people who are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases and 5,190 people who tested positive have recovered.
  • Currently, 42 individuals are hospitalized with COVID-19, 14 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation. 
  • There have been no new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 213 deaths in British Columbia. 
  • By health authority: Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 2,343 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 3,551 in the Fraser Health region, 187 in the Island Health region, 462 in the Interior Health region, 203 in the Northern Health region and 84 cases of people who reside outside of Canada. 
  • There have been no new health-care facility outbreaks. In total, 13 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and three acute-care facilities have active outbreaks.
  • Children in B.C. headed back for their first day of school under new COVID-19 protocols. Public health teams are in place to support schools and the school community. If an outbreak were to occur, the school community will know and be alerted, and if the risk goes beyond the school, the public will also be notified. 
  • Thursday morning, Finance Minister Carole James projected a $12.8-billion deficit for the 2020-21 fiscal year because of lower revenue and increased spending amid the pandemic.
  • On Wednesday, September 9, Premier John Horgan, Health Minister Adrian Dix, and Dr. Bonnie Henry announced a $1.6 billion investment into BC’s fall and winter health care preparedness plan. All the new steps in the plan have a common goal of keeping people healthy and well through this pandemic.
  • The plan includes $44.1 million to the Health Career Access Program. This program will create 7000 net new jobs in long term care homes and assisted living facilities. The program will provide a path for approximately 3,000 applicants who may not previously have had health-care experience to receive on-the-job training. New hires in the program will start in a health-care support worker position and receive paid training that leads to full qualification as a health-care assistant. These positions are targeted to those who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19, particularly those in the service and hospitality industries.
  • The Province will also be investing $374 million to bolster public health campaigns, most prominently this fall is the campaign for influenza vaccination. As part of this, 45,000 Fluzone-High Dose immunizations will be made available to all long-term care and assisted living residents. Fluzone-High Dose is a higher dose vaccine designed specifically to protect people over 65 from influenza. An additional 450,000 influenza vaccine doses will be made available in the 2020-21 influenza season, for a total of approximately two million doses.

  • The government is also investing $42.3 million in efforts to reduce strain on hospitals in anticipation of growing COVID-19 needs. The Hospital At Home program aims to ease pressure on hospitals while also reducing the chance of transmission within hospital environments. Hospital at Home, an innovative program that has succeeded in Canada and around the world, allows patients who meet the criteria to be offered 24/7 care at home rather than being admitted to hospital. Through in-person and virtual visits, patients will receive safe, effective care from nurses and physicians experienced in hospital medicine and acute care. 

  • Hospital at Home will launch through the Victoria General Hospital, then through additional hospitals over the coming months.

  • An additional 100 contact tracers will be hired for a total of 600 contact tracers.

  • In the fall, capacity for testing will increase to 20,000 tests per day.

  • In preparation for increased hospital demand, the government has prepared for 4 different scenarios:

    • Scenario 1: A low number of cases, requiring few beds (ICU 25/Acute 57 occupancy)

    • Scenario 2: A moderate number of cases, requiring ICU 55/Acute 98 occupancy.

    • Scenario 3: A high number of cases, requiring ICU 108/Acute 201 occupancy.

    • Scenario 4: A high ++ number of cases, an extreme scenario with twice as many cases as during the March-May epidemic experience as is being used a “stress test” scenario for contingency planning purposes only) - ICU 214/Acute 400 occupancy.

  • Read the full release here.

  • Check out the recent modeling powerpoint presentation here.

  • Read the full fall/winter preparedness plan here.

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

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

A SPECIAL COVID MESSAGE FROM FIONA DALTON

We’ve now been living in our new COVID world for six months, and we’ve learnt a lot about how to live and work in this new world, how to reduce infection transmission and how to treat acutely unwell patients. I wanted to acknowledge the dedication and commitment from people across PHC as we’ve continually adapted in real time as evidence changes – but also to recognise the continued pressure and tiredness I know many of us are experiencing. I really do hope that everyone has managed to get a break over the summer because we will all need our energy for the next few months.

HOLY FAMILY LONG TERM CARE OUTBREAK UPDATE

On Monday, September 7, Public Health declared an outbreak in Neighbourhood 2 of Holy Family Hospital’s Long Term Care (LTC) unit after a staff member had been diagnosed with COVID-19. Public Health had determined that the exposure to residents and other staff was low in risk with no close contacts identified. The outbreak was called out of an abundance of caution, implementing enhanced surveillance and infection control measures as a result.

All PROVIDENCE STAFF VIRTUAL TOWN HALL - SEPTEMBER 17, 2020

In preparation for COVID planning for the fall and winter at PHC, we are holding an all staff virtual town hall next week. 

Date: Thursday, September 17, 2020

Time: 09:00-10:00 am

INTRODUCING CITIZEN SUPPORT HELP DESK FOR VIRTUAL VISITS

To assist our patients with virtual visits, we now have a Citizen Support Help Desk. 

The Citizen Support Help Desk was created to offer telephone support for patients using the Zoom for Healthcare platform for their Virtual Health Visits (VHV).  For example, installing or accessing the Virtual Health Visit tool, setting up the camera and microphone, or testing the connection.  

Contact details:

  • Telephone: 1-844-442-4433

  • Hours: Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

REMINDER: 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.

FOR ACUTE CARE

REMINDER: STAFF MUST USE DESIGNATED STAFF DOORS TO ENTER AND EXIT HEALTH CARE SITES

Doors have been designated at some Providence Health Care sites, like St. Paul’s, as “Staff” entrances and exits. Using these doors helps create space for our Screeners to do their roles.

As such, 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.

This update applies to anyone with a pager from PHC, PHSA, and VCH where we cannot identify the owner or activity status.

We have a number of VPP owned pagers that do not appear to be in use.  We need to identify active pagers and their owners by September 30. Unidentified pagers will be decommissioned on September 30.

Not all pagers will receive a page or need to call back. Only unidentified, unknown or lost pagers are included in the broadcast.

BE AMAZED. BE VERY AMAZED!

Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour of the lab at St. Paul’s

Photo Courtesy: Jason Payne / PNG

By Kris Wallace, Writing Specialist, St. Paul’s Foundation

When you think of outstanding detectives, maybe you think of Sherlock Holmes, Inspector Clouseau, or Miss Marple. You probably don’t think of your colleagues in the lab. And yet, Drs. Holmes, Bissonnette, and Romney are just three of the world-class detectives solving countless complex, life-changing health mysteries in the lab at St. Paul’s.

FROM THE DAILY SCAN: USING HEALTH ECONOMICS TO FIND A BETTER WAY TO SCREEN FOR PROSTATE CANCER

Nearly 20 percent of Canadian men screened for prostate cancer may undergo unnecessary surgical biopsy. This results in avoidable health complications, anxiety, and excess cost to the health care system. The problem is the current blood test used to detect prostate cancer has a high rate of false positives.

Q&A: PHC COVID-19 SAFETY CHECKLIST AND AGREEMENT

Over the past weeks and months, PHC staff (non LTC sites) have been introduced to the COVID-19 Safety Checklist and Agreement. Items on the checklist demonstrate awareness of best practices to reduce the risk  of COVID-19 transmission to patients, families and colleagues.

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