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COVID-19 Staff Bulletin - Nov. 17, 2020

“The biggest impact you can make is through the small actions you take every day.”  - Dr. Bonnie Henry

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

New CasesToday's Total CasesCumulative Total
BCTotal7626,86124,422 (16,914 cases)
Hospitalized2091,384
ICU Patients58
Deaths10320
VCH/PHCHospitalized964428
ICU Patients16156
On Ventilator588
Discharged28317
Deaths (hospital/ICU)53
SPHHospitalized11
ICU Patients3
On Ventilator2
Discharged
(within the last 24 hours)
Deaths
MSJHospitalized0
Discharged0
Situation Update
  • Today, 717 new cases of COVID-19, including one-epi-linked cases, were reported for a total of 23,661 cases in BC.
  • There are 6,589 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. There are 198 individuals currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 63 of whom are in intensive care.
  • Currently, 10,960 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases and 16,087 people who tested positive have recovered.
  • New cases by health authority region: VCH – 177; Fraser Health – 484; Island Health - 16; Interior Health - 18; Northern Health - 21, and one new case of a person who resides outside of Canada.
  • There have been 11 new deaths, for a total of 310 COVID-related deaths in BC. 
  • New regional provincial health orders were put in place in the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health regions in response to a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and health-care outbreaks. The orders are in effect until Monday, Nov. 23, 2020 at noon.
  • Read Dr. Bonnie Henry’s op-ed, released yesterday:  Masks and COVID-19: one of the important layers to protect yourself, your community
  • Read Tuesday's joint statement of BC's COVID-19 response.

ALL PROVIDENCE STAFF VIRTUAL TOWN HALL – NOVEMBER 19, 2020

As BC’s COVID-19 numbers and hospitalizations surpass record highs and we introduce new polices and processes to combat this, we are holding an all staff virtual town hall this Thursday.

PHC COVID RESPONSE UPDATE

The latest COVID response update from across PHC, including status updates from Parkview (at Youville), Holy Family Long Term Care and St. Vincent’s: Brock Fahrni.

COVID-19 VACCINE UPDATE

In the last two weeks, two front-runners have emerged in the race to develop a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine.

ASK US: YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT COVID-19, ANSWERED

Watch the first installment of "Ask Us", featuring Dr. Marc Romney, medical leader, Medical Microbiology and Virology, answering staff questions about COVID-19.

FACES OF THE FRONT LINES AT PROVIDENCE

Meet Julia Pavlova, RN from 7A/B, St. Paul's Hospital - who had been working at St. Paul's Hospital for a few months before the pandemic hit. 

CORPORATE (NON-CONTRACT) STAFF SCREENING PROTOCOL

While we continue to actively support our staff who are able to successfully work from home (WFH), to do so throughout this pandemic, our offices remain open and it is safe to come to work. If you are not able to WFH (if your work requires you to be in the office or you prefer to work in the office), please self-screen for symptoms of COVID-19 at the start of every day/ shift.

FROM THE DAILY SCAN: WORLD PREMATURITY DAY HAS SPECIAL MEANING FOR BC GRANDPARENTS

Today is World Prematurity Day, a day to highlight preterm births and the challenges they pose for child and family over the immediate and longer term. 30,000 Canadian babies are born prematurely – and one in 10 worldwide – each year, according to the Canadian Premature Babies Foundation

REMINDER: PROVINCIAL HEALTH OFFICER’S ORDER – LOWER MAINLAND & FRASER VALLEY RESTRICTIONS ON SOCIAL INTERACTIONS & TRAVEL

 The Provincial Health Officer has issued an order for all individuals, places of work, and businesses for communities in the Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health regions. 

FROM JUST ONE COVID-19 POSITIVE EMPLOYEE…

Fraser Health’s public health teams are piecing together the puzzle of COVID-19 transmission in their region. 

PHC CARE AIDES: JOIN THE OUTBREAK REGISTRY & HELP US CARE FOR OUR VULNERABLE RESIDENTS

Submitted on behalf of Tammy Young, Executive Director, People

We are reaching out to you today to join a registry list of staff to help out at a PHC outbreak site, if need be.

GET YOUR FLU IMMUNIZATION TODAY AT ONE OF OUR FLU CLINICS

As we make our way into flu season, getting your flu shot is especially important in the light of the current COVID-19 pandemic. 

RESEARCH IN THE TIME OF COVID-19: Q&A WITH DR. SHIRA GOLDENBERG

In this Q&A series, we’re asking PHC researchers and research staff to reflect on their experience over the past few months and share how they’re adapting to the new world we live in.

THE COUNTDOWN IS ON: FIRST-EVER VIRTUAL LIGHTS OF HOPE COMMUNITY CELEBRATION, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19

St. Paul’s Foundation is counting down to its annual Lights of Hope celebration event this Thursday, November 19 – this year with a virtual twist! 

YOU ARE INVITED! LEADERS DIALOGUE SESSIONS

Read more for information on the sessions for November and December.

A GIFT FOR YOU: PHC HOLIDAY POINSETTIA PICK-UP!

As we head into the holiday season, our friends at Meadowlands Horticultural want to say THANK YOU for all you have done this year to keep our patients and residents safe.

DEVELOPING A COVID-19 WINTER RESILIENCE TOOLKIT IS IMPORTANT FOR MENTAL HEALTH

Submitted by the Wellness and Support team

Now is the time to develop your own COVID-19 winter wellness toolbox to build resilience to stay healthy and avoid the winter blues.

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.

PROVIDENCE IN THE NEWS

Check out the latest media coverage featuring Providence Health Care.

This page last updated Nov 18, 2020 10:05am PST