COVID-19 MEDSTAFF BULLETIN - September 17, 2020

"The particular special sauce that Providence does have is the way we treat each other and, while we’re not a perfect organization, I was truly humbled that one of the learnings in this crisis is how we support each other." - Christopher De Bono, Vice President, Mission, People and Ethics (via the September 17 All Staff Town Hall)

New CasesToday's Total CasesCumulative Total
BCTotal1391,8037,842 (5,797 recovered)
Hospitalized59
ICU Patients20
Deaths3223
VCH/PHCHospitalized628220
ICU Patients21193
On Ventilator753
Discharged3160
Deaths (hospital/ICU)33
SPHHospitalized1150
ICU Patients514
On Ventilator312
Discharged
(within the last 24 hours)
26
Deaths13
MSJHospitalized9
Discharged9
Please note: Numbers are updated at approximately 5 p.m. each day.
Situation Update
  • There were 165 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. today bringing the BC total to 7,663.

  • Today, the B.C. government released its wide-ranging economic recovery plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with support for job retraining, a tax break for businesses, and funding for a new tourism task force. The recovery plan includes hiring 7,000 more health-care workers.

  • This week, B.C. government also announced 22 new primary care networks in the province, for a total of 12 primary care networks in Vancouver Coastal Health. The team of health-care providers will include family physicians, nurse practitioners and health-care professionals, ranging from registered nurses, traditional wellness co-ordinators and cultural safety facilitators to allied health-care professionals, social workers and clinical pharmacists. 

  • When conditions are smoky, more people who are exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus may develop COVID-19 and some cases of COVID-19 may become more severe. Anyone experiencing severe symptoms such as difficulty breathing, or chest pain should seek prompt medical attention by calling 9-1-1 or going to the nearest emergency department.  If you are experiencing mild symptoms, use the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool to help determine whether you need further assessment or testing for COVID-19.

  • Today, B.C. is rolling out a new COVID-19 testing option for school-aged students in kindergarten through grade 12. This new method involves swishing and gargling sterile salt water and spitting it into a collection tube. It will replace the swab test for children and can determine whether a person has COVID-19.

  • These tests are now available at numerous assessment centres and test collection centres across B.C. Saline gargle/rinse is equivalent to nasopharyngeal swab as a sample when testing for COVID-19, and can be more efficiently tested using automated testing systems, compared to saliva/spit.

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

  • Read the full news release here.

SEPT. 17 ALL PROVIDENCE STAFF VIRTUAL TOWN HALL - RECORDING + Q/A

In preparation for COVID planning for the fall and winter at PHC, we held an all staff virtual town hall. Here are some of the key takeaways: 

NEED TO BE TESTED? CHECK WAIT TIMES BEFORE YOU GO

The Emergency Department Wait Time website has recently been updated to include a wait time dashboard for COVID-19 testing site wait times.

EXPANSION OF 7B RED ZONE AT ST. PAUL’S HOSPITAL

Effective today, Thursday September 17th, room 7012 on 7A has been converted into a red zone room for COVID+ patients and will be accessible only through 7B.  This is in preparation for a fall surge in COVID cases requiring hospitalization. 

NEW COVID-19 TESTING OPTION FOR SCHOOL-AGED STUDENTS NOW AVAILABLE

Today, B.C. is rolling out a new COVID-19 testing option for school-aged students in kindergarten through grade 12. This new method involves swishing and gargling sterile salt water and spitting it into a collection tube. It will replace the swab test for children and can determine whether a person has COVID-19.

CST UPDATE FOR SEPTEMBER 17

A  Message from Wynne Powell, CST Board Chair & Special Advisor to the Health Minister:

FROM THE DAILY SCAN: NEW POSTAGE STAMP HONOURS HIV/AIDS PIONEER DR. JULIO MONTANER

A global pioneer in the treatment of HIV/AIDS is being recognized for his groundbreaking contributions to medicine with a commemorative postage stamp.

HOT OFF THE PRESS! PROMISE MAGAZINE 2020

The 2020 issue of Promise, the St. Paul’s Foundation magazine, shares in-depth features on the innovation, care and research happening at Providence Health Care. 

INTERDISCIPLINARY PAIN EDUCATION - GOING VIRTUAL OCTOBER 23!

Providence Health Care & Pain BC have planned an incredible day of learning about complex pain - all without leaving your office or home!

This page last updated Sep 17, 2020 5:41pm PDT