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PHC News + COVID-19 Update: April 20, 2021

“We are taking steps to reduce this pressure and we need everyone in B.C. to do the same. Later this week, new orders will be in place to restrict vacation and recreational travel outside of your home health authority.”

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

Situation Update

For Tuesday, April 20: 849 new cases of COVID-19 were announced, for a total of 120,889  cases in British Columbia.

  •  Active cases:  9,145
  • Currently hospitalized: 456
  • Intensive care: 148
  • There has been one new COVID-19 related death, for a total of 1,539 deaths in British Columbia.

New cases by health authority region:

  • Northern Health – 31
  • Interior Health – 67
  • Island Health – 29
  • Fraser Health – 474
  • Vancouver Coastal – 247
  • There are currently 6,179 cases of COVID-19 that are confirmed variants of concern in our province. Of the total cases, 163 are active and the remaining people have recovered.
  • In B.C., 1,414,644 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-SII COVID-19 vaccines have been administered, 88,263 of which are second doses.
  • Vaccine data is available on the COVID-19 dashboard at: www.bccdc.ca
  • As a result of the current levels of transmission in B.C., the provincial health officer orders that were set to expire yesterday were be extended for a further five weeks, through to May 24, 2021, at midnight.
  • Read Tuesday's joint statement on BC's COVID-19 response.

VACCINE UPDATE FOR APRIL 20, 2021

Submitted by the Regional COVID-19 Vaccination Program Planning Team

AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD is now available for adults aged 40 and older and B.C. will also hold targeted clinics in high priority communities for those aged 40 years and older.

MINISTRY OF HEALTH ANNOUNCES STRONGER PROVINCE-WIDE RESTRICTIONS

The Provincial Health Officer has strengthened province-wide restrictions. These restrictions came into effect on March 29 at 11:59 pm and will last until May 25 at midnight. 

ICYMI: ANTI-ASIAN RACISM: A CALL TO ACTION

On behalf of Fiona Dalton, PHC President & CEO and Dr. Victor Leung, MSA President

Today, there is much to do as anti-Asian racism still festers in our society. We have issued the following statement to continue the dialogue, and a call to action to educate, take action and advocate against anti-Asian racism.

CHEYENNE JOHNSON ANNOUNCED AS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, BC CENTRE ON SUBSTANCE USE

On behalf of Leanne Heppell, COO, Acute Care and Chief of Professional Practice and Nursing & Dr. Darryl Knight, VP, Research & Academic Affairs

The recruitment process to select an Executive Director, BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) at Providence Health Care has concluded and we wish to thank all the applicants who participated.

PROVIDENCE’S AMAZING, ADAPTABLE VOLUNTEERS

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit last spring, onsite volunteer services across our organization were suspended. Their absence was deeply felt.

GET THE WORD OUT: PHC NURSES WEEK CELEBRATION EVENT FOR NURSES MAY 11-14

Submitted on behalf of Acute and Long Term Care Nursing Practice Councils

Acute and Long Term Care Nursing Practice Councils are sponsoring a Nurses Week Resiliency Reboot Program May 11 – 14.

ATTENTION CLINICAL STAFF: NEW PROCESS FOR BOOKING SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETERS FOR MEDICAL APPOINTMENTS

Introducing a one-stop shop for booking medical interpreters in B.C.! 

DO YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO IN AN ACTIVE THREAT SITUATION?

Submitted by Tasha-Aliya Kara, Coordinator, Health Emergency Management BC

Consider your options if you are ever faced with responding to the unthinkable: when a person presents with a weapon who is actively engaged in killing and/or harming others on facility grounds.

EVENT | 18th ANNUAL PEDIATRIC EMERGENCY MEDICINE UPDATE

The Division of Emergency Medicine at BC Children’s Hospital and UBC Continuing Professional Development presents the 18th Annual Pediatric Emergency Medicine Update for Pediatricians and Emergency Physicians. 

EVENT | IMITS PRESENTS: PHISHING – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

The importance of recognizing phishing emails cannot be stressed enough.

PASSWORD EXPIRY: UPDATE YOUR PASSWORD NOW

Has it been a while since you were asked to change your password? Well, it’s time to update it.

PROVIDENCE IN THE NEWS

FROM THE DAILY SCAN: AMID PANDEMIC, GIFT SHOP RAISES FUNDS FOR VITAL TECHNOLOGY

Before COVID-19 struck last year, Mount Saint Joseph Hospital’s gift shop was a thriving place, providing patients, families, residents and staff with gifts and comfort items like flowers, books, magazines, and stuffed animals.

HAVE YOU BEEN VACCINATED? PLEASE REMEMBER: THE RULES STILL APPLY

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.

YOU ARE HERE FOR THEM, WE ARE HERE FOR YOU

Please call the Staff COVID-19 Support line: 604-806-9925 or x69925 to receive a call back from a PHC staff person trained in psychological first aid. They will provide you with support and wellness resources.

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

New CasesToday's Total CasesCumulative Total
BCTotal862 8,906121,751 (111,039 recovered)
Hospitalized483
ICU Patients163
Deaths71,546
VCH/PHCHospitalized151641,486
ICU Patients449447
On Ventilator027217
Discharged14171,148
Deaths (hospital/ICU)0177
PHCHospitalized329*478
ICU Patients213*133
On Ventilator07*57
Discharged
(within the last 24 hours)
2395
Deaths046
*patients that are currently being cared for as COVID-positive
This page last updated Apr 20, 2021 5:27pm PDT