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PHC News + COVID Update: May 4, 2021

“With each person who is vaccinated, we are all safer. Let’s continue to do our part – to get vaccinated when it is our turn, use our layers of protection and follow all of the public health measures we have in place.”

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

Situation Update

For Tuesday, May 4: 697 new cases were announced, for a total of 132,353 cases in British Columbia:

  • Active cases: 7,161
  • Currently hospitalized: 486
  • Intensive care: 173
  • There has been 1 new COVID-19 related death, for a total of 1,597 deaths in British Columbia.

New cases by health authority region:

  • Northern Health – 14
  • Interior Health – 65
  • Island Health – 19
  • Fraser Health – 456
  • Vancouver Coastal – 142
  • All pregnant people who are 16+ in B.C. are now safely eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. “We have reviewed the data here in B.C. and this shows pregnant people experience severe illness from COVID-19 at a rate that is similar to people who are in their 50s,” said Dr. Henry. “By prioritizing pregnant people today, we add another layer of protection for them, their babies and their communities.”   Read more information, including how to book appointments.
  • In B.C., 1,910,162 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-SII COVID-19 vaccines have been administered, 92,244 of which are second doses.
  • Vaccine data is available on the COVID-19 dashboard at: www.bccdc.ca
  • Read Tuesday's joint statement on BC's COVID-19 response.

VACCINE UPDATE FOR MAY 4, 2021

Submitted by the Regional COVID-19 Vaccination Program Planning Team

Second doses are being administered to those who received their first dose on or before Jan. 17 and B.C. may look at decreasing the interval between doses as more vaccine supply arrives.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: LAST WEEK’S TOWN HALL RECORDING & Q+A

Last week, PHC held an all-staff virtual Town Hall. If you were unable to watch the event live, you can watch the video recording here.

HAND HYGIENE WEEK – GOING BARE BECAUSE WE CARE

We know that hand hygiene is important in keeping our patients, residents, ourselves and our loved ones safe – and during the COVID-19 pandemic this was more important than ever.

PALLIATIVE CARE WEEK: MEET JOSH DENNY-KEYS, MUSIC THERAPIST AT ST. JOHN HOSPICE

To recognize National Hospice and Palliative Care Week, we meet Joshua (Josh) Denny-Keys, a music therapist with Providence. 

FROM THE DAILY SCAN: “WE’RE CONSTANTLY CHALLENGING THIS IDEA THAT PALLIATIVE CARE IS SPECIFICALLY FOR THOSE WHO ARE DYING”

Two members of the Providence Health Care’s Palliative Outreach and Consult Team (POCT), were seconded to various sites across the Lower Mainland to help staff meet the complex needs of vulnerable residents stricken by the virus.

DEMYSTIFYING PALLIATIVE CARE: NEW LINK FOR TOMORROW’S WEBINAR

The PHC Palliative Care Team proudly presents the webinar Demystifying Palliative Care, in honour of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Week. Please note: registration is no longer required.

SPECIALTY NURSE TRAINING VIRTUAL INFO SESSION MAY 13

Providence’s Recruitment team is hosting a virtual information session to talk to you about specialty nurse training opportunities for Registered Nurses at Providence!

REGISTER TODAY FOR PHC EVENTS RECOGNIZING NURSES WEEK

To help celebrate Nurses Week, there will be a program of resiliency bootcamps for PHC nurses, as well as a Zoom event with Michael Villenueve, CEO, Canadian Nurses Association.

PROVIDENCE PEOPLE FEATURED IN NEW STUDY SHARING PERSONAL EXPERIENCES OF COVID-19

A unique research study with Providence connections that explores nurses’ lived experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic is featured in the Spring edition of Update, the BC Nurses Union magazine.

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.

PROVIDENCE IN THE NEWS

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

New CasesToday's Total CasesCumulative Total
BCTotal5726,877132,925 (124,252 recovered)
Hospitalized481
ICU Patients161
Deaths01,594
VCH/PHCHospitalized91611,667
ICU Patients249504
On Ventilator239250
Discharged14131,323
Deaths (hospital/ICU)0186
PHCHospitalized325*520
ICU Patients112*146
On Ventilator19*66
Discharged
(within the last 24 hours)
4439
Deaths048
*patients that are currently being cared for as COVID-positive
This page last updated May 4, 2021 5:27pm PDT