COVID-19 STAFF BULLETIN - September 17, 2020
"The particular special sauce that Providence does have is the way we treat each other and, while we’re not a perfect organization, I was truly humbled that one of the learnings in this crisis is how we support each other." - Christopher De Bono, Vice President, Mission, People and Ethics (via the September 17 All Staff Town Hall)
Please note: Numbers are updated at approximately 5 p.m. each day.
|New Cases||Today's Total Cases||Cumulative Total|
|BC||Total||165||1,705||7,663 (5,719 recovered)|
(within the last 24 hours)
There were 165 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. today bringing the BC total to 7,663.
Today, the B.C. government released its wide-ranging economic recovery plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with support for job retraining, a tax break for businesses, and funding for a new tourism task force. The recovery plan includes hiring 7,000 more health-care workers.
This week, B.C. government also announced 22 new primary care networks in the province, for a total of 12 primary care networks in Vancouver Coastal Health. The team of health-care providers will include family physicians, nurse practitioners and health-care professionals, ranging from registered nurses, traditional wellness co-ordinators and cultural safety facilitators to allied health-care professionals, social workers and clinical pharmacists.
When conditions are smoky, more people who are exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus may develop COVID-19 and some cases of COVID-19 may become more severe. Anyone experiencing severe symptoms such as difficulty breathing, or chest pain should seek prompt medical attention by calling 9-1-1 or going to the nearest emergency department. If you are experiencing mild symptoms, use the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool to help determine whether you need further assessment or testing for COVID-19.
Today, B.C. is rolling out a new COVID-19 testing option for school-aged students in kindergarten through grade 12. This new method involves swishing and gargling sterile salt water and spitting it into a collection tube. It will replace the swab test for children and can determine whether a person has COVID-19.
These tests are now available at numerous assessment centres and test collection centres across B.C. Saline gargle/rinse is equivalent to nasopharyngeal swab as a sample when testing for COVID-19, and can be more efficiently tested using automated testing systems, compared to saliva/spit.
Community alerts and exposure events are posted on the BCCDC website.
REMINDER: Please direct all media inquiries to Providence’s Communications & Public Relations team.
Elaine Yong, Senior Communication Specialist, Media Relations
After-hours media line: (604) 312-3547
Questions or Concerns?
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Information and resource links:
PHC has a website for staff, medical staff, and researchers to address concerns, questions, protocols and guidelines around sick-leave and compensation-in-lieu for COVID-19. Click here to view the website. This website will be updated daily and is accessible from work and home on your mobile or desktop devices. THIS SHOULD BE YOUR SOURCE OF TRUTH FOR INFORMATION.
If you need to reach PHC’s Infection Prevention and Control Team (IPAC), please call local 69357. Do not contact individual IPAC team members.