PHC News + COVID-19 Update: June 29, 2021

“British Columbia continues to maintain our positive momentum, allowing our province to safely move forward with Step 3 of BC’s Restart plan. We have seen that community transmission, hospitalizations and deaths are all declining as immunizations are going up.”

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

Situation Update
  • In B.C., 4,941,795 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines have been administered, 1,368,464  of which are second doses.
  • This means 78.3% of all adults in B.C. and 77.0% of those 12 and older have now received their first dose.
  •  In addition, 31.6% of all adults in B.C. and 29.5% of those 12 and older have received their second dose.
  •  29 new cases of COVID-19 were announced for a total of 147,578 cases in British Columbia.
    • Active cases: 876
    • Currently hospitalized: 110
    • Intensive care: 34
    • There have been 0 new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 1,754 deaths.
  • New cases by health authority region:
    • Northern Health – 0
    • Interior Health – 10
    • Island Health – 3
    • Fraser Health – 7
    • Vancouver Coastal – 7
    • Outside of Canada - 2
  • Vaccine data is available on the COVID-19 dashboard at: www.bccdc.ca
  • Read Tuesday's joint statement on BC's COVID-19 response.

PROVINCE MOVES TO STEP 3 OF ITS COVID-19 REOPENING PLAN ON JULY 1

The move to Step 3 is based on BC achieving nearly 80% adult Dose 1 vaccine coverage, and COVID-19 case counts continuing to decline, the government said in a news briefing today.

PUBLIC URGED TO CONTINUE PRACTICING HEAT WAVE PRECAUTIONS

Submitted by Vancouver Coastal Health Communications

As a heat warning remains in place across B.C., Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) continues to encourage residents in the region to take precautions to stay safe. At this time, risks from extreme heat exceed the risks posed by COVID-19.

COVID-19 VACCINATION PROGRAM UPDATES

Appointments have been postponed at two COVID- 19 vaccination clinics, as well as a temporary closure of assessment centre due to yesterday’s extreme heat

UPDATED GUIDANCE ON REMOTE WORK ARRANGEMENTS

On March 14 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic was becoming an unthinkable reality and as an emergency measure, staff were asked that where possible, based on job duties and technology, to work away from the office to help with physical distancing and to reduce congestion at the workplace. 

CHANGE IN FIT-TEST FREQUENCY BACK TO 1 YEAR

At the onset of COVID-19, WorkSafeBC temporarily extended the fit-test frequency requirement from one year to two years for N95 respirators. Effective June 25, 2021, the 1-year fit-test frequency requirement goes back into effect.

POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER AND COVID-19

Submitted by Homewood Health

For tips on how to recognize the signs and symptoms of PTSD, and to learn how you can support family, friends or colleagues if they have been diagnosed with PTSD, please download and read this reference guide.

AUTOMATED SHIFT CALLOUT (ASC) WILL BE DISCONTINUED AS OF JUNE 30 – GET CONNECTED WITH ANDGO

Beginning tomorrow, June 30, PHC will no longer use ASC for short call shift bids – instead, shifts will be offered and awarded through the new Smart Call and Prebooking Andgo modules.

REDUCING OPIOID USE FOR PAIN MANAGEMENT

Watch this video featuring the Perioperative Opioid Usage Quality Improvement (POQI) project, and the work they're doing on a post-surgery monitoring system that will collect patient data and provide doctors with the information they need to better manage the prescription and use of opioids. 

PROVIDENCE HEALTH CARE PRESENTS: A NEW WAY TO CONNECT [VIDEO]

You’ve been waiting 16 years for this. Coming on Tuesday, July 6th, a new way to connect is coming to Providence Health Care. Watch this teaser video to put you in a good mood in advance of this significant change.

LEADERS: PLEASE JOIN US FOR A CHANGE FUNDAMENTALS SESSION

COVID-19 has been a difficult time. As leaders, we have been challenged to adapt our leadership style — embracing whatever changes come our way.

EVENT | POST-COVID-19 RECOVERY: WHAT THE FAMILY PRACTITIONER NEEDS TO KNOW

Based on the global ECHO model, the BC ECHO for Post-COVID-19 Recovery is a free virtual learning community of specialists and community health care providers who use instructive and case-based learning to improve care for patients recovering from symptoms post COVID-19.

50/50 POT ALMOST $45,000

Submitted by St. Paul’s Foundation

This is your last chance to get tickets for the spring 50/50 raffle brought to you by St. Paul’s Foundation! With the jackpot pushing $45,000, this is your chance to win big.

FROM THE DAILY SCAN: EARLY PLANNING BY ST. PAUL’S ICU NURSES HELPED BRACE FOR COVID SURGE

While declining cases of COVID-19 and hospitalizations are welcome news for acute-care teams at St. Paul’s Hospital, they won’t soon forget how dire the situation had become during the pandemic.

EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT!

Submitted by St. Paul’s Foundation

The new issue of Promise Magazine is hot off the press and it’s jam-packed with compelling stories that will inform and inspire.

PROVIDENCE IN THE NEWS

CBC The National ER Doctor on heat-related illness (Dr. Kalla, SPH) 

CBC Radio Canada Eating Disorders/Troubles alimentaires (in French) (Maude Henri-Bhargava, SPH dietitian)

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

New CasesToday's Total CasesCumulative Total
BCTotal44816 147,621
Hospitalized108
ICU Patients34
Deaths01,754
VCH/PHCHospitalized1581,937
ICU Patients121577
On Ventilator013295
Discharged2351,653
Deaths (hospital/ICU)0228
PHCHospitalized07*621
ICU Patients03*171
On Ventilator02*82
Discharged
(within the last 24 hours)
2539
Deaths057
*patients that are currently being cared for as COVID-positive
This page last updated Jun 29, 2021 5:57pm PDT