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COVID-19 Staff Bulletin - December 22, 2020

“Since the start of immunizations, 4,108 people have received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in B.C., and today, vaccine clinics got underway in the Island Health, Interior Health and Northern Health regions, as well as those in Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal. .”

- Dr. Bonnie Henry

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

New CasesToday's Total CasesCumulative Total
BCTotal5189,13748,027 (36,952 recovered)
Hospitalized348
ICU Patients80
Deaths19796
VCH/PHCHospitalized597700
ICU Patients221218
On Ventilator19117
Discharged6510
Deaths (hospital/ICU)096
PHCHospitalized09*228
ICU Patients01*60
On Ventilator0035
Discharged
(within the last 24 hours)
2186
Deaths023
*patients that are currently being cared for as COVID-positive
Situation Update
  • For today:  444 new cases of COVID-19 for a total of  47,510 cases in British Columbia.
  • There are 9,481 active cases.
  • There are 357  individuals currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 84 of whom are in intensive care.
  • New cases by health authority region:
    • VCH –  79
    • Fraser Health –  256
    • Island Health -  9
    • Interior Health -  78
    • Northern Health - 22
    • No new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.
  • There have been 12 new deaths, for a total of 777 COVID-related deaths in the province.
  • There were two new health-care facility outbreaks and one new community outbreak.
  • Vaccine manufacturers Pfizer and Moderna have also provided guidance on how to safely transport the approved vaccines. This means that as deliveries increase in the coming weeks, the vaccine will increasingly be available in more locations.
  • Community transmission of COVID-19 continues to occur across our province, which means the risk remains high for all of us.
  • Because community spread continues, even if you have been doing all you can to protect yourself and those around you, it is important to know the symptoms of COVID-19 and get tested if symptoms develop.
  • Read today's joint statement on BC's COVID-19 response.

A CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM FIONA DALTON

Fiona Dalton, Providence Health Care’s President and CEO, shares her traditional Christmas message to all Providence staff for this most non-traditional year.

VACCINATION UPDATE

Across our region there was a terrific response to last week’s first COVID-19 immunization clinic, with 1,999 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine being administered to long-term care and front-line acute care staff across Providence Health Care and Vancouver Coastal Health

UPDATE: LTC STAFF AND RESIDENTS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN COVID IMMUNITY STUDY

Residents of long-term care facilities operated by Providence Health Care, and the staff who provide care at these facilities, are invited to participate in a study that seeks to understand immune responses to COVID-19 vaccines.

PICTURES NOW AVAILABLE – MISSION + LONG SERVICE AWARDS

On December 10, the Mission Integration and Culture team made sure all those who were celebrating career milestones and being recognized for their outstanding efforts were appreciated during a virtual celebration.

A VERY 2020 CHRISTMAS – ‘TIS THE SEASON TO STAY IN, STAY SAFE AND BE MERRY

Christmastime is a special time of year at Providence Health Care. Every year, staff across our sites and program areas celebrate the holidays with their own special traditions to share in the festivities of the season.

BC RECOVERY BENEFIT — ONLINE APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

The BC Recovery Benefit (the benefit) is a one-time direct deposit payment for eligible families, single parents or individuals. Benefit eligibility is based on net income from your 2019 tax return. You must apply to receive the benefit.

DID YOU MISS THE PHCRI TOWN HALL? WATCH THE RECORDING

On Wednesday, December 16, the Providence Health Care Research Institute (PHCRI) held a year-end virtual town hall event. PHCRI president, Dr. Darryl Knight, reflected on the challenges and accomplishments from a year that has been unlike any other. He also provided important updates on the Institute’s strategic planning process, as well as the Clinical Support and Research Centre (CSRC).

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.

MENTAL HEALTH TIPS FOR GETTING THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS

The year 2020 has been a year like no other, and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic continue. And this year, the usual stress and anxiety many of us experience during festive season will be made all the more challenging due to the pandemic. Restrictions on holiday gatherings and travel, although for the greater good, will prevent us from participating in holiday traditions and from doing many of the things we enjoy. Spending time with the people who give our lives meaning may not be possible, or look very different, this year.

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.

This page last updated Dec 22, 2020 7:04pm PST