COVID-19 Medical Staff Bulletin - September 14, 2020

We know what we need to do, now is the time to do it. We need to hold our line and stand strong against COVID-19. - Dr. Bonnie Henry

New CasesToday's Total CasesCumulative Total
BCTotal3171594 7279 (5446 have recovered)
Hospitalized58
ICU Patients16
Deaths6219
VCH/PHCHospitalized425207
ICU Patients0787
On Ventilator651
Discharged20150
Deaths (hospital/ICU)033
SPHHospitalized947
ICU Patients313
On Ventilator211
Discharged
(within the last 24 hours)
25
Deaths13
MSJHospitalized9
Discharged9
Please note: Numbers are updated at approximately 5 p.m. each day.
Situation Update
  • There are three reporting periods since the last update: Friday to Saturday 137 new cases, Saturday to Sunday 119 new cases, Sunday to Monday 61 new cases.

  • Total for weekend is 317 new cases, with 4 epi linked cases.

  • Current total in BC: There have been 7279 people diagnosed with COVID-19.

  • By health authority: 2557 VCH, 3754 Fraser Health, 195 Island Health, 473 Interior Health, 216 Northern Health, and 84 people who reside outside of Canada.

  • There are currently 1594 active cases in the province. Of these cases, 58 people are in hospital, 16 of these patients are in critical care / ICU.

  • There were six additional deaths this past weekend, bringing the total number of deaths in BC to 219 people. Five of the six deaths were elders in the LTC system - four in Fraser Health, one in VCH, and the first death in the Northern Health area.

  • 3047 people are under active public health surveillance.

  • 5446 people in BC have recovered.

  • No new outbreaks, but four outbreaks are now declared over including Holy Family’s second outbreak.

  • There continues to be community exposure events around the province. Please check the exposure websites regularly.

  • Regarding wildfire smoke, this is of particular concern with those who have underlying lung disease, the very young and elders. Pregnant women can also be very affected.

  • Outdoor exercise should be avoided right now until skies clear.

  • Mask wearing can help, particularly if well-fitting, surgical mask or a cloth mask for multiple layers.

  • There can be confusion over smoky air symptoms and COVID-19 symptoms.

  • The number of new cases is placing a heavy strain on our public health teams and is a concern for public health officials. We need to do our part with the choices we make everyday.

  • Read the full news release here.

HOLY FAMILY LONG TERM CARE OUTBREAK DECLARED OVER

The outbreak on Neighbourhood 2 of Holy Family Hospital’s Long Term Care (LTC) home was declared over by Public Health on Saturday, September 12, 2020.

ALL PROVIDENCE STAFF VIRTUAL TOWN HALL - SEPTEMBER 17, 2020

As our Covid numbers increase and we enter the fall / winter, we are holding an all staff virtual town hall this week. 

FAQ WHAT DO I DO IF I’M FEELING SICK AND TESTED FOR COVID BUT IT COMES BACK NEGATIVE?

If you are feeling unwell and a COVID-19 test came back negative, you should stay home until your symptoms resolve. If your symptoms do not resolve then you should go get assessed for COVID-19 again.

NEED A PPE REFRESHER?

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) education sessions are being scheduled throughout the fall. Book a session now to refresh your PPE knowledge!

FAQ: SHOULD STAFF BE CHANGING THEIR CLOTHES WHEN THEY ENTER/EXIT THE HOSPITAL? WHERE CAN THEY CHANGE?

We know that it can be challenging to follow the protocols about what to wear and where to change, especially in our older buildings. We appreciate your efforts to follow these guidelines.

CST UPDATE: ANOTHER GREAT START!

At 0600 on Sunday morning, CST Cerner successfully went live at Youville Residence, Parkview at Youville, Alder at Langara, Honoria Conway Assisted Living and St. John Hospice! (Pictured above: Staff at Parkview Tertiary Mental Health on a successful go-live day.)

RESEARCH IN THE TIME OF COVID-19: Q&A WITH AGGIE BLACK

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.

UNDERSTANDING COMPASSION FATIGUE

“Compassion fatigue has often been described as the cost of caring for those in emotional or physical pain,” resulting from the extension of care or safety to others in need. 

INTRODUCING CITIZEN SUPPORT HELP DESK FOR VIRTUAL VISITS

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

SURGEON SAYS CST MEANS "NO MORE BAD HANDWRITING, INCONSISTENCIES AND ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT ORDERS"

When Dr. Tracy Scott first heard that the Clinical & Systems Transformation (CST) project was coming to Providence Health Care, it provoked anxiety. What was going to happen? After all, implementing such a significant change in clinical practices and systems is no easy feat.

FROM THE DAILY SCAN: ST. PAUL’S’ SEPSIS EXPERTISE HAS GREATER SIGNIFICANCE IN COVID-19 PANDEMIC

In what seems a lifetime ago, when news of a mysterious and deadly virus began emerging out of Wuhan, China, St. Paul’s Hospital’s Dr. Jim Russell read of people acutely ill with fever, respiratory failure, cardiac problems, organ failure and severe pneumonia. 

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