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COVID-19 Staff Bulletin - Dec. 30, 2020

“This is our last chance to make a difference this year. We recognize the sacrifices you have all made and we thank you for continuing to do your part.”

- Dr. Bonnie Henry

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

New CasesToday's Total CasesCumulative Total
BCTotal4857,55151,300 (41,681 recovered)
Hospitalized379
ICU Patients77
Deaths11893
VCH/PHCHospitalized7104744
ICU Patients014225
On Ventilator08120
Discharged827539
Deaths (hospital/ICU)2105
PHCHospitalized114*240
ICU Patients02*63
On Ventilator02*37
Discharged
(within the last 24 hours)
1191
Deaths023
*patients that are currently being cared for as COVID-positive
Situation Update
  • New cases of COVID-19 in the province: 485
  • Active cases: 7,551
  • Currently hospitalized with COVID-19: 379​
  • 77 of whom are in intensive care. 
  • 9,320 people are currently under active public health monitoring.
  • New cases by health authority region:
    • Vancouver Coastal Health: 117
    • Fraser Health: 211
    • Island Health: 16
    • Interior Health: 57 
    • Northern Health: 84
    • No new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.
  • There have been 11 new deaths, for a total of 893 COVID-related deaths in the province. 
  • Since the start of immunizations, 14,027 people have recieved a COVID-19 vaccine in B.C.
  • The Moderna vaccine, the second approved vaccine in Canada, will arrive in British Columbia this week, with the first doses targeted for remote and isolated First Nations communities and residents of long-term care. 
  • There are two new health-care facility outbreaks.
  • Dr. Henry shared a COVID-19: Year to Date Summary on December 23. It contains epidemiology and modelling for COVID-19 in BC. Click here to read.
  • To best position us as we go into 2021, an amendment to provincial health officer (PHO) orders has been put in place to reduce the hours that alcohol may be sold or served on New Year’s Eve:
    • The selling and serving of alcohol must cease between 8 p.m. (Pacific time) on Dec. 31, 2020, and 9 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2021.
    • As before, liquor sales for onsite consumption must cease at 10 p.m. on all other dates.
    • This order applies to any establishment that sells or serves alcohol, including bars, restaurants, pubs, liquor stores or grocery stores.
  • Read Wednesday's joint statement on BC's COVID-19 response.

PHC COVID RESPONSE UPDATE

Submitted by the PHC Pandemic Response Team

Though it’s the holiday season, COVID-19 is not taking any time off and Providence sites, staff and medical staff continue to demonstrate heroic efforts at keeping our patients, residents, tenants and colleagues safe and secure.

REMINDER – SIGN UP FOR TEXT ALERTS FROM PROVIDENCE HEALTH CARE

In the late spring, PHC Communications launched the text alerts so we could inform you of important and time-sensitive news and updates. Throughout this pandemic, the text alert system has been used to send out reminders, time-sensitive alerts, daily updates for outbreak sites, and (most recently) vaccination information.

SUBMIT NOMINATIONS FOR THE BC PATIENT SAFETY & QUALITY COUNCIL’S 2021 QUALITY AWARDS

Do you know a person or project that has improved quality of health care in BC? The BC Patient Safety & Quality Council is now accepting nominations for its 2021 Quality Awards.

PROVIDENCE IN THE NEWS: NEW HEART FOR SANTA HELPS RETIRED COUPLE CONTINUE TO SPREAD HOLIDAY JOY (CBC NEWS)

After almost two decades as a mall Santa, Chris Pedlar thought his days of bringing joy and magic to children during the holidays were coming to an end, when he suddenly experienced a health scare in the spring of 2019.

FROM THE DAILY SCAN: BROCK FAHRNI RALLY AROUND SHIRT DESIGNED BY RESIDENT

St. Vincent’s: Brock Fahrni (BF) has their own trend-setting T-shirt that is proudly being worn around the Providence Health Care long-term care home, and the team behind the BF Artworks program wanted to shine the spotlight on one of their residents who created the shirt’s design.

NEW HEALTH CARE APPRECIATION POSTERS ON DISPLAY AT MSJ

Submitted by Mary Gallop, Coordinator, Volunteer Resources

The Point Grey High School Healthcare Foundation Club has made two incredible posters for MSJ, currently on display.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM WEST POINT GREY ACADEMY GRADE 2 STUDENTS

Please enjoy the holidays letters below from Grade 2 students at West Point Grey Academy.

LIGHTS OF HOPE: STILL TIME TO GIVE

Submitted by Kris Wallace

And so this is Christmas…and this year, more than ever, we are drawing on light and hope to keep us strong and resilient.

STAFF WELLNESS AND SUPPORT

The Wellness & Support Team encourages you to reach out for help when you need it.  You’re there for them.  We’re there for you.

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