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COVID-19 Staff Bulletin - April 24, 2020

“Each of us are doing great work, but we cannot work alone...We are facing a common threat, which we can only defeat with a common approach.”
 - Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the WHO, April 24 

Please note there will be no PHC COVID-19 bulletin over the weekend. The next bulletin is scheduled for Monday April 27, 2020.

Please note: Numbers are updated at approximately 5 p.m. each day.

New CasesToday's Total CasesCumulative Total
BCTotal951,948 (1,137 recovered)
Hospitalized96
ICU Patients41
Deaths2100
VCH/PHCHospitalized134139
ICU Patients01667
On Ventilator01138
Discharged592
Deaths (hospital/ICU)016
SPHHospitalized0629
ICU Patients48
On Ventilator38
Discharged
(within the last 24 hours)
022
Deaths04
MSJHospitalized009
Discharged09
Situation Update
  • There was no briefing from the B.C Health Minister and Dr. Bonnie Henry on Friday, April 24, 2020. Today’s statement is available here.

  • By health authority, today’s case count: 767 VCH, 772 FH, 114 Island Health, 158 Interior Health, 42 Northern Health.

  • An additional four deaths were reported today in the VCH and FH regions.

  • No new outbreaks in LTC, assisted living or acute care sites in the last day. Currently, 20 facilities and three acute-care units have active outbreaks.

  • Superior Poultry in Coquitlam has two confirmed COVID-19 cases, and 35 employees at United Poultry in Vancouver are confirmed positive.

  • Kearl Lake project cases are now at 10.

  • Mission Institution has 78 cases.

  • The federal government announced it will be lowering rent by 75 per cent for small and medium sized businesses that have been strongly impacted by COVID-19 in April, May and June across Canada as part of the Canada Rent Assistance program. Read the full news release here.
  • The WHO launched a collaboration between global leaders today to accelerate the development, production and equitable distribution of vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics. Read more here.

YOU’RE INVITED! PHC HOSTS SECOND ALL STAFF VIRTUAL TOWN HALL APRIL 29 AT 9AM

COVID-19 continues to challenge our health care system in new ways every day. To ensure all PHC people are supported, knowledgeable, and prepared, we are hosting a second All Staff Virtual Town Hall. This is open to all PHC staff, medical staff, researchers and volunteers.

PROVIDENCE PEOPLE FEATURED IN HEARTBEAT OF A NATION - A VIDEO HONOURING HEALTH CARE WORKERS

Watch the YouTube video HERE.

A Vancouver filmmaker has collaborated with 24 filmmakers from across the country for the inspiring video Heartbeat of the Nation, featuring several Providence people.

PROVIDENCE’S NEW VIRTUAL MEMORIAL SERVICE OFFERS RITUAL, SUPPORT FOR GRIEF

Providence’s spiritual health practitioners have created an online memorial service intended for anyone who is grieving loss, especially now in a time when social distancing is in place. 

Filmed at St. Paul’s Hospital and produced in collaboration with Music Therapy and Media Services, the video acknowledges the deaths across all of our Providence Health Care sites, but is available to be viewed by our wider community. Anyone who can find comfort from it is welcome.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT DURING COVID-19

To alleviate some of the immense financial stress on staff and medical staff during COVID-19, we have compiled a list of resources to help support your financial stability. 

FREE 90-DAY TRIAL OF MOBI BIKES FOR PROVIDENCE STAFF

Mobi by Shaw Go has launched the Essential Services Membership Program which provides essential service employees with a free 90-day pass for the Mobi bike share program in the urban core of Vancouver. The goal is to provide a quick and convenient transportation option, and when tied into a transit commute, this offers a healthy break from crowded buses or SkyTrains! All Providence staff are eligible for the program.

RECONNECTING TO PURPOSE DURING COVID-19

In times of crisis, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, our work demands can change dramatically and we may feel a loss of connection to our purpose with our career choice. 

Due to this, it is not unusual to experience a sense of burnout. Burnout can be experienced in the form of problems feeling insurmountable, having little energy or experiencing negative thoughts.

REMINDER: SUPPORT RESOURCES FOR THE PHC TEAM

You are here for them. We are here for you. Support Line: 604-806-9925 or extension 69925.

You are saving lives in the fight against COVID-19. You are our most valued critical defense. Know that we are just a phone call away. 

WELLNESS TIP

  • Try healthy foods to support your energy during these stressful times. 

  • Create new rituals in your life as they create structure, predictability and connection.  

During stressful and challenging times, it can be difficult to focus on healthy eating. Now more than ever, we need to choose healthy foods that will provide us with the energy we need to navigate the rest of our workday and home responsibilities. 

PROVIDENCE IN THE NEWS

​Registered nurse Liana Perruzza attends to a patient in a COVID positive room in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at St. Paul's hospital in downtown Vancouver, Tuesday, April 21, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS / Jonathan Hayward)

This page last updated Apr 24, 2020 4:31pm PDT