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)

New CasesToday's Total CasesCumulative Total
BCTotal1651,7057,663 (5,719 recovered)
Hospitalized57
ICU Patients22
Deaths1220
VCH/PHCHospitalized325214
ICU Patients1091
On Ventilator853
Discharged1157
Deaths (hospital/ICU)33
SPHHospitalized21150
ICU Patients314
On Ventilator312
Discharged
(within the last 24 hours)
26
Deaths13
MSJHospitalized9
Discharged9
Please note: Numbers are updated at approximately 5 p.m. each day.
Situation Update
  • 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.

  • Read the full news release here.

SEPT. 17 ALL PROVIDENCE STAFF VIRTUAL TOWN HALL - RECORDING + Q/A

In preparation for COVID planning for the fall and winter at PHC, we held an all staff virtual town hall. Here are some of the key takeaways: 

NATIONAL HEALTHCARE ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES WEEK - SEPTEMBER 13 TO 19

To mark National Healthcare Environmental Services Week, we’d like to take some time this week to thank and celebrate the hard work of our environmental services and housekeeping staff.

NEED TO BE TESTED? CHECK WAIT TIMES BEFORE YOU GO

The Emergency Department Wait Time website has recently been updated to include a wait time dashboard for COVID-19 testing site wait times.

EXPANSION OF 7B RED ZONE AT ST. PAUL’S HOSPITAL

Effective today, Thursday September 17th, room 7012 on 7A has been converted into a red zone room for COVID+ patients and will be accessible only through 7B.  This is in preparation for a fall surge in COVID cases requiring hospitalization. 

NEW COVID-19 TESTING OPTION FOR SCHOOL-AGED STUDENTS NOW AVAILABLE

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.

AN UPDATE ON REMOTE WORK FOR PROVIDENCE STAFF

Even with September’s energy of new beginnings, this is no normal fall. Our socially distanced spring led to a successful bending of the curve; yet as summer temperatures increased, so did new COVID-19 cases in our province.

CST UPDATE FOR SEPTEMBER 17

A  Message from Wynne Powell, CST Board Chair & Special Advisor to the Health Minister:

FROM THE DAILY SCAN: NEW POSTAGE STAMP HONOURS HIV/AIDS PIONEER DR. JULIO MONTANER

A global pioneer in the treatment of HIV/AIDS is being recognized for his groundbreaking contributions to medicine with a commemorative postage stamp.

HOT OFF THE PRESS! PROMISE MAGAZINE 2020

The 2020 issue of Promise, the St. Paul’s Foundation magazine, shares in-depth features on the innovation, care and research happening at Providence Health Care. 

WORLD PATIENT SAFETY DAY - SEPTEMBER 17

The World Health Organization has declared September 17 World Patient Safety Day. This year, the focus is on Health Worker Safety: A Priority for Patient Safety.

ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY IS EVERYONE’S STORY

Want to know more about PHC’s environmental sustainability goals and progress towards our targets? 

VACATION PLANNING FOR 2021 STARTS SOON

2021 vacation planning for all Providence unionized staff covered under the provincial agreements for the Community and Facilities’ Subsectors, Health Science Professionals and Nurses will begin later this month and lasts until the end of December 2020.

SURVIVING SEPTEMBER

While September can be a time of transition, it is also a time to reflect on our priorities.  These changes can feel stressful, anxiety provoking and overwhelming. How do we thrive in Stresstember?

INTERDISCIPLINARY PAIN EDUCATION - GOING VIRTUAL OCTOBER 23!

Providence Health Care & Pain BC have planned an incredible day of learning about complex pain - all without leaving your office or home!

CLOTHING DEPOT UPDATE

Due to COVID-19, St. Paul’s is in the process of looking at new ways to continue to utilize the clothing depot to serve the community.

This page last updated Sep 17, 2020 4:43pm PDT