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COVID-19 Staff Bulletin - March 5, 2021

“Our days are brighter, but the number of new cases remains higher than where we want it to be. So, as we get outside and enjoy the many activities we can do safely, let’s ensure we are also staying the course with our safety measures.”

Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, and Adrian Dix, Minister of Health

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

New CasesToday's Total CasesCumulative Total
BCTotal6344,90183,107 (76,752 recovered)
Hospitalized255 4,515
ICU Patients66
Deaths41,380
VCH/PHCHospitalized5791,053
ICU Patients124312
On Ventilator013157
Discharged411832
Deaths (hospital/ICU)0144
PHCHospitalized217*367
ICU Patients18*95
On Ventilator01*46
Discharged
(within the last 24 hours)
2299
Deaths038
*patients that are currently being cared for as COVID-positive
Situation Update
  • For Friday, March 5: 634 new cases were announced for a total of 83,107 cases in British Columbia.
    • New cases by health authority region:
      • VCH – 149
      • Fraser Health – 365
      • Island Health – 26
      • Interior Health – 33
      • Northern Health – 60
  • To date, 311,208 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in B.C., 86,865  of which are second doses. Immunization data is available on the COVID-19 dashboard at: www.bccdc.ca
  • Starting on Monday, vaccine appointment bookings for people over 90 and Indigenous people over 65 will get underway, with appointments available in communities provincewide.
  • There have been four new confirmed COVID-19 cases that are variants of concern in our province, for a total of 250 cases. Of the total cases, 12 are active and the remaining people have recovered. This includes 222 cases of the B.1.1.7 (U.K.) variant and 28 cases of the B.1.351 (South Africa) variant.
  • Read Friday's joint statement on BC's COVID-19 response.

COVID-19 VACCINATION PROGRAM – LATEST UPDATE

Submitted by the Regional COVID-19 Vaccination Program Planning Team

This week we were able to further expand vaccination eligibility and invite more priority groups to immunization clinics. The federal government also approved a fourth COVID-19 vaccine today.

COVID-19 VACCINE REMINDER

Important reminder: Provincial Health Officer (PHO) orders and Public Health guidelines, including strict adherence to personal protective equipment use, remain in place for everyone, even if you have received the vaccine.

COVID-19: LONELINESS & ISOLATION FATIGUE – SELF-CARE STRATEGIES

To support employees, on Tuesday, April 13 and Wednesday April 14, Homewood Health will be hosting a webinar focused on the unique challenges for individuals experiencing loneliness and isolation fatigue.

MARCH IS PHARMACY APPRECIATION MONTH

This March, we invite all Providence Health Care staff to celebrate Pharmacy Appreciation Month (PAM).

NEW FUNDRASING LINK FOR SPH CLOTHING DEPOT

The St. Paul’s Hospital Clothing Depot has some exciting news to share — they have recently launched a fundraising platform that allows anyone to make a donation in support of the Clothing Depot.

REMINDER: PHC VIRTUAL HEALTH WEBSITE

Do you have questions about accessing Zoom support for patients or providers, e-faxing prescriptions, remotely accessing FESR, emailing patients, or documenting virtual visits in Cerner? Please visit the PHC Virtual Health webpage! Click here to check it out.

PROVIDENCE IN THE NEWS: STRENGTH IN NUMBERS – LARGE ST. PAUL’S TEAM SAVES LIFE OF VANCOUVER MOM AND BABY

Japleen Gill and husband Guarav with baby Jeevan. Photo: Priya Brar

A team of 30 doctors, nurses and support staff packed a St. Paul’s Hospital operating room, to do a life-saving surgery on a woman who was 31 weeks pregnant. Selected coverage:

This page last updated Mar 5, 2021 5:28pm PST