PHC News + COVID-19 Update: June 1, 2021

“The more people who are fully vaccinated, the less risk there is that the virus can spread in our communities, and the more quickly we’ll be able to confidently put the COVID-19 pandemic behind us. Let’s keep moving forward.”

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

Situation Update
  • For Tuesday, June 1: 184 new cases of COVID-19 were announced for a total of 144,473 cases in British Columbia.
  • Active cases: 2,800
  • Currently hospitalized: 254
  • Intensive care: 80
  • There have been 0 new COVID-19 related death, for a total of 1,703 deaths.
  • New cases by health authority region:
    • Northern Health – 2
    • Interior Health – 19
    • Island Health – 1
    • Fraser Health – 113
    • Vancouver Coastal – 48
  • In B.C., 3,303,334 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines have been administered, 191,222 of which are second doses.
    • This means 70.4% of all adults and 67% of those 12 and older have now received their first dose.
  • Today, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) provided guidance on the interchangeability of COVID-19 vaccines for first and second doses. NACI confirmed the safety and effectiveness of interchanging vaccines and reaffirmed the recommendation to prioritize second doses for those at highest risk of severe illness and death.
  • More specifically, NACI advises people who received a first dose of the AstraZeneca COVISHIELD vaccine may safely receive either the same vaccine or an mRNA vaccine for their second dose. Additionally, people who received a first dose of one type of mRNA vaccine may safely receive another mRNA vaccine for their second dose.
  • Building on the plan for second doses of mRNA vaccines shared last week, this latest guidance will help inform the approach we take here in B.C. for those who received the AstraZeneca COVISHIELD vaccine. More information will be provided on this Thursday.
  • Vaccine data is available on the COVID-19 dashboard at: www.bccdc.ca
  • Read Tuesday's joint statement on BC's COVID-19 response.

HONOURING THE TRUTH PUBLICLY REVEALED ABOUT A BURIAL SITE AT FORMER KAMLOOPS INDIAN RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL

The following message was first printed in the Friday, May 28th edition of the bulletin. It is being reprinted in case some staff missed it originally, as it contains important messaging on the issue and information about staff supports.

VACCINE UPDATE FOR JUNE 1

Following provincial guidelines, we are offering second doses of COVID-19 vaccines eight weeks after the first dose. Ensure you are registered in the provincial booking system at www.getvaccinated.gov.bc.ca to be notified when it is time to book your appointment. The province is aiming to have offered everyone in B.C. their second dose by the end of the summer.

PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT: HEALTH CARE ACCESS PROGRAM (HCAP)

Get to know Jennifer Reyes and  Laurel Dawn Ettinger, new health care support workers at Providence.

CST UPDATE: CYCLE 4 TEAMS ARE LIVE ON CST CERNER!

Congratulations to the outstanding Cycle 4 teams at Providence Health Care who went live on CST Cerner at 0700 yesterday morning! 

SAVE THE DATE! JUNE 10: VIRTUAL LONG SERVICE & MISSION AWARDS RECOGNITION EVENT

All Providence staff, medical staff and volunteers are invited to join us in celebrating our 2021 Mission Award Winners and Long Service Recipients!

PHC LONG TERM CARE & ASSISTED LIVING HOMES SAY THANK YOU TO ST. PAUL'S HOSPITAL STAFF

Please enjoy Stay Strong, an original song and music video created for St. Paul's Hospital acute teams that have been looking after patients with COVID-19. 

OUR 50/50 DRAW IS BACK AND YOU COULD WIN BIG!

Submitted by St. Paul’s Foundation

Tickets to St. Paul’s Foundation spring 50/50 raffle are just a click away!

WHAT DOES THE BC RESTART PLAN MEAN FOR REMOTE WORK AT PROVIDENCE?

Last week’s announcement of BC’s Restart Plan includes guidance for a gradual return to workplaces and offices. For those Providence staff who are working remotely, there is no change to our position on remote working arrangements.

CHANGES TO PHC’S RESPECT AND NO BULLY LINE EFFECTIVE TODAY

In an effort to make reporting discrimination, racism, sexism and any form of bullying more accessible to Providence staff, PHC’s Respect and No Bully Line will be managed within the Occupational Health and Safety team effective today.

FUTURE OF HEALTH CARE: SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MODELS AND EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES

Providence panelists include: Fiona Dalton, President & CEO, Dr. Darryl Knight, VP Research and Academic Affairs, Dr. Jeff Pike, Dr. Jesse Greiner and Dr. Amin Sajan.

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

New CasesToday's Total CasesCumulative Total
BCTotal1942,662144,667
Hospitalized246
ICU Patients70
Deaths41,707
VCH/PHCHospitalized01161,871
ICU Patients037561
On Ventilator026284
Discharged9431,549
Deaths (hospital/ICU)1212
PHCHospitalized024*585
ICU Patients07*165
On Ventilator06*78
Discharged
(within the last 24 hours)
2498
Deaths053
*patients that are currently being cared for as COVID-positive
This page last updated Jun 1, 2021 6:14pm PDT