COVID-19 STAFF BULLETIN - September 22, 2020

“We are seeing a surge of cases which has an impact on our patients and staff.  Our patient population can be challenging at the best of times, but in the context of COVID-19, it is extra challenging.  Thanks to all St. Paul’s and PHC staff for continuing to demonstrate excellence, compassion, courage and resilience during this difficult time. Together, we will get through this.” – Dr. Janet Kow, Interim VP, PHC Pandemic Response

New CasesToday's Total CasesCumulative Total
BCTotal3661,9878,208 (5,972 recovered)
Hospitalized60
ICU Patients21
Deaths4227
VCH/PHCHospitalized231224
ICU Patients1497
On Ventilator955
Discharged162
Deaths (hospital/ICU)33
SPHHospitalized1553
ICU Patients615
On Ventilator514
Discharged
(within the last 24 hours)
26
Deaths13
MSJHospitalized9
Discharged9
Please note: Numbers are updated at approximately 5 p.m. each day.
Situation Update

As of 4:00 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 21. 

  • There are three reporting periods since the last update: Friday to Saturday 121 new cases, Saturday to Sunday 117 new cases, Sunday to Monday 128 new cases.

  • Total for the weekend is 366 new cases, with 7 epi-linked cases.

  • There have been 8,208 people diagnosed with COVID-19 in B.C.

  •  2,942 VCH, 4,211 Fraser Health, 203 Island Health, 508 Interior Health, 255 Northern Health, and 86 people who reside outside of Canada.

  • As of Monday, Sept. 21, at 4:00 p.m., there are 1,987 active cases in the province. Of these cases, 60  people are in hospital, 21 of these patients are in critical care/ICU. About 3,200 people are in self-isolation due to potential exposure. 

  • There were four additional deaths this past weekend, bringing the total number of deaths in BC to 227 people.

  • There has been one new health-care facility outbreak at Yaletown House in the Vancouver Coastal Health region. The outbreak at the Queens Park acute-care facility has been declared over.

  • There are currently 15 active outbreaks; 12 at LTC/assisted living and 3 in acute care. 

  •  There have been no new community outbreaks, although there continue to be community exposure events. 

  • Read the full news release here.

COVID-19 OUTBREAK DECLARED FOR 8A

On behalf of Dr. Janet Kow, Interim Vice President, PHC Pandemic Response

Please be advised that VCH Public Health has declared an outbreak for 8A effective immediately, after a COVID-19 transmission was identified on the unit. 8A, therefore, is closed for new admissions and to visitors.

No other parts of St. Paul’s Hospital are impacted by the 8A outbreak designation and the hospital is open.

ELECTION CALLED FOR BC ON OCTOBER 24

At 11am on Sept. 21, Hon. John Horgan announced a general election for British Columbia for Saturday, October 24, 2020. The announcement comes after weeks of speculation of a snap election.

Horgan made the announcement in light of the current pandemic we continue to fight, saying “We can either delay that decision and create uncertain and instability over the 12 months…. or we can do what I believe is always the right thing, and ask British Columbians what they think."

SEPT. 17 TOWN HALL Q&A: PART TWO

If you missed the Thursday, Sept. 17 PHC All-Staff Town Hall, here’s Part Two of the Q&As which has answers to most of the questions which we didn’t have time to address during the session.

Read Part Two here. 

BACK-TO-SCHOOL Q+A

What if my child tests positive for COVID-19?

If your child tests positive for COVID-19, Public Health will direct you to self-isolate and you will be placed on paid general leave.

What if my child, who is not COVID-19 positive, is told to self-isolate?

If your child has been directed to self-isolate, follow the guidance from Public Health. As the parent, you are not required to self-isolate unless directed to by Public Health. As long as you are asymptomatic, continue to self-monitor and come to work. 

For more information, visit Compensation & Leaves on the staff COVID website.

ANTI-RACISM AT PROVIDENCE: AN INVITATION TO LISTEN & LEARN

Submitted on behalf of Christopher De Bono, PhD Vice President, Mission, People and Ethics

Dear Providence staff, medical staff and volunteers:

Last month, we informed you that Providence, consistent with our commitment to social justice, was undertaking an examination of what anti-racism means at PHC and what we need to do better. We know we need to do more – to create greater understanding, to call out racial bias when we see it and to create a framework to address racism. 

OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW. TIME TO SAY YOUR GOODBYES TO PHC CONNECT!

You asked for it - we’re delivering. A new intranet is coming your way in Spring 2021. The realities of COVID-19 and the work from home life, showed us the immense need for a platform that would get information out quickly and more efficiently. This new intranet will replace PHC Connect — it will be accessible from anywhere, will provide better navigation, more engagement functionality and many other great features.  

We want your input. 

As we continue to plan the new intranet, we want your feedback. TODAY, September 21, 2020, we’re launching a PHC Intranet survey.  CLICK HERE to complete the survey.

INTERESTED IN BUILDING YOUR SKILLS AT USING RESEARCH EVIDENCE TO IMPROVE CARE FOR YOUR PATIENTS?

Consider joining the PHC/VCH Knowledge Translation Challenge and receive training, mentorship and funding support for your project idea! 

Previously funded projects have successfully increased depression screening in the cardiac program, increased awareness and use of stroke best practice recommendations, and increased malnutrition screening for inpatients. 

Contact Aggie Black to discuss your project ideas, ablack@providencehealth.bc.ca 

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE OCTOBER 20TH PHC INTERPROFESSIONAL RESEARCH CELEBRATION

Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Time: 0930 - 1200

via Virtual Meeting


Join us as we celebrate Interprofessional Research at Providence Health Care by showcasing the work of our Practice-Based Research Challenge and Knowledge Translation Challenge teams funded in 2018. Please watch for more information.

REMINDER: 2021 VACATION PLANNING STARTS NEXT WEEK

2021 vacation planning for all Providence unionized staff covered under the provincial agreements for the Community and Facilities’ Subsectors, Health Science Professionals and Nurses begins next week on Monday, September 28.

Staff can refer to the communications sent on Friday, September 18 from PHC’s Vacation Planning Team for all the information they will need for this year’s annual vacation planning, including the key dates for selecting your preferred 2021 vacation choices for each round.

TAKING VACATION TIME DURING A PANDEMIC – TIPS FOR THIS FALL

  • How do we transport ourselves from our vacations to appeal to all our different senses?

  • How do we reminisce to recapture the moments to feel relaxed, refreshed, and reconnected?

  • How to be recharged after taking a break from everyday life and return to work refreshed?

Relax – it is a vital part of self-care.

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.

  • Email the Wellness & Support team via covidwellness&support@providencehealth.bc.ca 

  • Reach out to your Wellness Champions (if you have one on your unit currently) or the Long Term Care Dedicated Person, Nora McKellin, MSW RSW, through the Wellness and Support line.

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