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COVID-19 Staff Bulletin - Dec. 11, 2020

“This weekend, take a step back from the usual holiday rush. Take the time to get outside and enjoy a quieter weekend with those in your household. Show your loved ones you care by staying local and staying away right now.”  

- Dr. Bonnie Henry

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

New CasesToday's Total CasesCumulative Total
BCTotal7379,58940,797 (29,598 recovered)
Hospitalized342
ICU Patients87
Deaths11598
VCH/PHCHospitalized6110624
ICU Patients116195
On Ventilator18107
Discharged713435
Deaths (hospital/ICU)183
PHCHospitalized220211
ICU Patients1558
On Ventilator1433
Discharged
(within the last 24 hours)
1160
Deaths21
Situation Update
  • On Friday, 737 new cases were reported.
  • There is a total of 40,797 cases in BC.
  • There are 9,589 active cases of COVID-19 in the province.
  • There are 342 individuals currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 87 of whom are in intensive care.
  • New cases by health authority region since Friday: VCH – 119 ; Fraser Health – 469; Island Health - 8; Interior Health - 99; Northern Health - 41, and one new case of a person who resides outside of Canada.
  • There have been 11 new deaths, for a total of 598 COVID-related deaths in the province.
  • There are three new health-care facility outbreaks.
  • The provincial health officer’s orders restricting all gatherings and events are in effect until Jan. 8, 2021, at midnight. This includes gatherings in people’s homes and in public venues. Read the orders here.
  • Read Friday's joint statement on BC's COVID-19 response.

PLAN UNDERWAY TO DISTRIBUTE COVID-19 VACCINES IN B.C.

The first round of approximately 4,000 COVID-19 immunizations will begin on the Lower Mainland next week now that vaccine deployment simulations are complete.

ADDITIONAL Q&As FROM TUESDAY'S TOWN HALL NOW AVAILABLE

Additional questions from Tuesday's Town Hall have been answered and are available to read here. Thank you to everyone who tuned in and submitted questions.

OUTBREAK/EXPOSURE FLOWCHARTS + Q&A AVAILABLE NOW

We know that when an outbreak, exposure, or enhanced surveillance is called at your site or unit, it can be confusing and challenging to navigate. We have developed four separate flow charts and comprehensive Q&As to help.

HAVE YOU CHECKED OUT THE NEW BREAK SPACES?

We remain under orders prohibiting social gatherings of any size with anyone other than your household bubble. Your “bubble” does not include your co-workers, and physical distancing rules apply everywhere in our organization.

PROVIDENCE IN THE NEWS: ‘RED ZONE’ WORKERS AT ST. PAUL’S HOSPITAL SPEAK OUT (CTV)

Recent media stories featured a look at the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic at St. Paul's Hospital's ICU and Unit 7B. 

READ THE DECEMBER ISSUE OF CARE CONNECTION

Submitted by Anne Pearsall, Professional Practice & Nursing

Check out the holiday greetings in this special issue of the Care Connection, and Happy Holidays to all!

HOLIDAY DECORATING GUIDELINES FOR 2020

In a year of constant change, it’s nice to know that we can still decorate for the holidays and bring cheer to our areas. 

BC RECOVERY BENEFIT — ONLINE APPLICATIONS OPEN DECEMBER 18, 2020

The BC Recovery Benefit (the benefit) is a one-time direct deposit payment for eligible families, single parents or individuals. You must apply to receive the benefit.

PHCRI YEAR IN REVIEW AND STRATEGIC PLAN UPDATE

Please join the Providence Health Care Research Institute (PHCRI) for a virtual Town Hall event. 

DR. AMY SALMON ANNOUNCED AS NEW ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF CHÉOS

The Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences (CHÉOS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Amy Salmon to the role of Associate Director, Academic, Community, and Systems Engagement.

OPERATION POPCORN CELEBRATES ORGAN DONOR TEAMS

BC Transplant’s 29th annual Operation Popcorn delivery to St. Paul’s and other hospitals was a little different this year.

FROM THE DAILY SCAN: STOPPING PAIN AT ITS SOURCE

Imagine living with chronic pain so debilitating that simply brushing up against your kitchen counter doubles you over in agony. That was reality for Miriam Bennett, a White Rock resident who had been living with chronic pain for more than a decade following a surgery to remove a large, benign tumour from her lower abdomen.

PROVIDENCE HOLIDAY WREATH CONTEST

Here are the details for the staff holiday wreath contest - now open for all Providence sites.

PROVIDENCE’S ISABEL DIOGO RECOGNIZED FOR EXCELLENCE IN NURSING

Providence’s Isabel Diogo was recently named a recipient of the Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of BC (NNPBC) Award of Excellence in Nursing Practice.

FREE LEARNING OPPORTUNITY: INFORMED DECISION MAKING PROFESSIONALS WEBINAR

This free learning opportunity is open to all Providence direct care clinicians and staff involved in diagnostic or treatment decisions.
 

YOU ARE INVITED! PHC CREATING THE NEW FUTURE – DECEMBER 15

COVID-19 has been a difficult time. As leaders, we have been challenged to adapt our leadership style — embracing whatever challenges come our way.

JOIN US FOR A VIRTUAL GATHERING OF LOSS, HEALING AND HOPE WITH CANADIAN VIRTUAL HOSPICE – DECEMBER 21

Staff are invited to attend a special virtual gathering of loss, healing and hope featuring consolations and blessings from spiritual care leaders across Canada. 

TIPS ON IDENTIFYING SPAM EMAILS

Please be extra cautious this time of year when checking your emails, as there may be an increase in suspicious spam and phishing emails.

LEARNINGHUB UNAVAILABLE DECEMBER 20-22

LearningHub, Moodle and the Leadership Portal will be unavailable during a 40-hour window for server upgrades. Elearning, course registration or management will not be available during this window: Sunday, December 20 at 5 p.m. until Tuesday, December 22 at 9 a.m.

CELEBRATING THE HOLIDAY SEASON IN A SAFE WAY

Well, this holiday season looks a lot different this year. We have some ideas to help you celebrate.

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 Dec 11, 2020 6:00pm PST