PHC COVID-19 UPDATE FOR FEBRUARY 9
Submitted by the PHC Pandemic Response Team
Providence Health Care has a number of Enhanced Surveillances and Outbreaks that the PHC Pandemic Response Team is currently managing with operational and site leads, in partnership with Public Health. Enhanced cleaning, stringent IPAC and PPE protocols and monitoring and testing of staff and patients continue in all affected areas.
Below is a complete list of all current situations, with more detailed updates on St. Paul’s and Holy Family Rehab further below.
Please be aware that these are evolving situations, and the information below represents what is known at the time of publication.
- Outbreaks: Unit 5A and 9D, St. Paul’s Hospital
- Enhanced Surveillances: 10D, St. Paul’s Hospital
- Outbreak: Holy Family Rehab 1 and 2
Recently declared over:
- Units 5B, CSICU, 6B, 7C and 8A, which were all in outbreak in recent weeks, have been declared over
- Enhanced Surveillance: Unit 7D, St. Paul’s Hospital
St. Paul’s Outbreak Update:
- Outbreak declared on January 4: Total for cardiac outbreaks: 17 patients, 33 staff positive (total numbers include those from 5B and CSICU outbreaks, both of which have been previously declared over)
- Expected to be declared over tomorrow, February 10
- Outbreak declared on January 30: 7 patients, 1 staff positive
- Expected to be declared over next week
- Enhanced surveillance: 2 patients positive, no staff
- Expected to be declared over Thursday, February 11
Holy Family Hospital Rehab 1 and 2 Update:
- The Medical Health Officer declared a COVID-19 Outbreak at Holy Family Hospital Rehab January 28 on Units 1 and 2. As of today, February 9, there have been 4 patients and 3 staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19. All patients have been transferred and no positive patients remain on the units.
- Please note that the outbreak is located in the Rehab Unit only; Holy Family long term care is unaffected.
- Patient care activities are being provided with guidance from the PHC Pandemic Response Team and Public Health. At this time, “in-person” visitation has been suspended. Out of abundance of caution, all Holy Family rehab outpatient appointments are being done virtually and not in person, until further notice.
Reminders for All Staff:
- Please do not consume beverages in the clinical areas at this time.
- Refrain from unnecessary or social visits to units other than where you work.
- It is essential to maintain physical distancing and proper usage of PPE at all times and in all locations. If it is not possible to maintain 6ft of space during meetings and shift handover, optimize the space available, keep your mask in place and do not eat or drink anything.
- If there is less than 6ft between you and your co-worker in your office space, it is not safe to remove your mask. Please leave and find a safe, distanced break area to have your coffee.
- Please do not carpool at this time. If this is not an option for you, please make sure you are wearing a mask and the windows are rolled down when in a vehicle.
- Do not share any foods, beverages, or common containers such as a coffee pot or a container of cream. Physical distancing and IPAC protocols are especially important in break rooms. Stagger your breaks and obey room occupancy limits. Declutter and disinfect surfaces in break rooms before and after use.
- If you have even the slightest of symptoms, please don’t come to work. Get tested and wait for the results. If symptoms develop at work, inform your manager, leave work and get tested at one of the community testing sites.
- Even if you have recently tested negative for COVID-19, or have received the vaccine, do not let your guard down. Some people experience temporary symptoms after receiving a vaccine. If you develop any symptoms, even if you have recently received the COVID-19 vaccine, please immediately go for testing.
Remember that excellent hand hygiene is important for protecting yourself against COVID-19 and other pathogens. Hand hygiene should be performed:
- When entering and exiting medical facility, unit, ward, or clinic;
- before and after patient contact or contact with patient environment;
- before and after contact with a health-care provider or their work environment;
- and before donning and during/after doffing PPE.
Staff Wellness and Mental Health:
You are all working under tremendous pressure and stress. Please know there’s extra help should you need it. Please talk to your supervisor/manager or seek further assistance by contacting the Staff Support Line at 604-806-9925, Sandy Coughlin at 604-806-8635 or Homewood Health (new EFAP) at 1-800-663-1142 if you wish to talk to speak to someone about the psychological impact on yourself and/or your family.
Questions and more information:
If you need to reach PHC’s Infection Prevention and Control Team (IPAC), please call local 69357. Do not contact individual IPAC team members.