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COVID-19: Do your part, stay apart

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Restarting our services

As we restart health-care services, keeping you safe continues to be our top priority. Across VCH, our infection prevention and control standards are in place to protect our patients, clients, staff and physicians. Learn more about the restart and what to expect for your upcoming appointment or procedure.

I have a question about COVID-19. Who do I call?

General questions: If you have questions about social distancing, travel or assistance available from the provincial and federal governments, call 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319).

Health questions: If you have symptoms related to COVID-19 (or another other health issue) and want to talk to a health professional, call 8-1-1.

If you have concerns related to physical distancing or other issues in grocery stores, restaurants, salons, spas, tattoo parlours, recreation facilities, parks, beaches, and playgrounds, etc., contact your local municipal by-law enforcement officers. 

If you have concerns about adherence to the federal quarantine required for individuals arriving in Canada. Call your local RCMP or other police detachment. Do not call 911 except in a medical emergency.

 

If you have concerns about safety in a private workplace, call WorkSafe BC at 1-888-621-7233.

 

If you have COVID-19 related concerns about a licensed residential facility (such as the one listed below), call Vancouver Coastal Health at 604-675-3866.

  • Long term care

  • Hospice

  • Acquired injury

  • Child and youth

  • Substance use

  • Mental health

  • Community living

Daily and situation updates

For the latest COVID-19 updates, expand the sections below or visit our media release archive.

Ministry of Health update

In a joint statement, Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer, and Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, reported 22 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C., bringing the total number of people who have tested positive to 2,623 since the pandemic began. Of those, 905 have been in the Vancouver Coastal Health region. The number of people in hospitals throughout B.C. sits at 32, including seven people in critical care, and 2,243 people are considered fully recovered. There have been no new health-care outbreaks, but there are still six active outbreaks in long-term care and assisted living facilities in B.C. 

Testing

Anyone in the VCH region with cold, influenza or COVID-19-like symptoms, however mild, can now be assessed for and get a COVID-19 test. Contact your physician or nurse practitioner's office, or a local community collection centre to arrange for a test. Phone numbers and locations of collection centre can be found by visiting: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/testing or by calling 8-1-1. In Vancouver, the City Centre and REACH urgent and primary care centres can provide testing as well as the St. Vincent's drive-up location at 4875 Heather Street. On the North Shore, testing is available at the North Vancouver Urgent and Primary Care Centre. If you think you need testing, please call ahead before visiting your doctor, urgent and primary care center or health clinic.

VCH Medical Health Officers, our provincial partners and the Public Health Agency of Canada continue to actively monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. To protect yourself while out in public, wash your hands frequently and maintain social distance. For more information on COVID-19, please visit www.vch.ca/COVID19.

For more information and latest updates on COVID-19, follow the BC Centre for Disease Control on Twitter @CDCofBC or visit the website: http://www.bccdc.ca/.

Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and Providence Health Care (PHC) are implementing new measures to help keep patients, clients, staff and medical staff safe as scheduled elective surgeries resume in the coming weeks.   

As part of VCH and PCH restart plans, access to expanded health care services such as surgical, ambulatory and community services, diagnostic imaging and lab testing will resume in a safe manner with protective measures in place.  

On May 19, VCH and PHC will begin increasing surgical capacity across all its hospitals, and restarting elective surgeries so patients have access to the care they need. The plan to restart elective surgeries will be implemented in stages:

  • To start, all patients who had surgeries postponed will be contacted.

  • Patients who had their elective surgery postponed will be rescheduled with their surgeon.

  • Urgent surgeries will be prioritized, and will proceed in a way that maintains patient and staff safety.

  • New clinical guidelines will ensure patients are pre-screened for symptoms. 

With the gradual restart of additional health care services, patients can expect the following as part of their surgical process:

  • When possible, patients will be assessed through a virtual pre-admission clinic by video or phone conference prior to surgery.

  • Consistent screening tools and risk assessment guidelines will be used.

  • Patients will be assessed 24 to 72 hours prior to surgery, and again upon arrival on the day of surgery.

  • Surgeries will be scheduled with time to accommodate additional enhanced cleaning and infection prevention and control measures.

VCH and PHC have put in place technology to support the virtual delivery of Pre-Admission Clinic services where appropriate. This reduces the need for patients to travel to the hospital for in-person visits before their surgeries and includes virtual assessments, consultations and individual or group education sessions. 

At VCH and PHC hospitals and clinics, a number of measures are being taken to focus on the safety of patients and clients:

  • When arriving at the hospital or clinic site, patients and clients will enter the building from the main entrance – they will be greeted and asked to sanitize their hands.

  • The greeter will also ask each patient a few questions to assess if the patient has cold or flu-like symptoms. If so, they will be asked to wear a mask.

  • If assistance (mobility, translation, etc.) is required, one family member or support person can accompany the patient.

  • As patients move through the hospital or clinic, they will notice new floor decals and signage as a reminder to maintain a physical distance of two metres.

  • Staff and physicians will be wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), such as masks, gloves, gowns and eye protection.

  • VCH sites have enhanced cleaning and disinfection in all high-touch clinical areas as well as in waiting rooms, cafeterias, coffee shops and common areas.

In an effort to provide health care services to as many people as possible, procedures that do not require an operating room or an overnight stay in hospital may be performed at an ambulatory clinic or in an alternative health care facility.  For example, some eye surgeries may be performed in ophthalmology centres, while some day surgeries may shift to private surgical centres.  

Patients who require urgent, emergent and oncology-related surgeries will continue to receive safe, priority care, as they have been throughout the pandemic. 

For more information about the BC government's surgical renewal plan, please visit https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/health/conducting-health-research/surgical-renewal-plan.pdf

June 3, 2020 - Daily update

June 2, 2020 - Daily update

June 1, 2020 - Daily update

May

May 29, 2020 - Daily update

May 28, 2020 - Daily update

May 27, 2020 - Daily update

May 26, 2020 - Daily update

May 25, 2020 - Daily update

May 22, 2020 - Daily update

May 21, 2020 - Daily update

May 20, 2020 - Daily update

May 19, 2020 - Daily update

May 15, 2020 - Daily update

May 14, 2020 - Daily update

May 13, 2020 - Daily update

May 12, 2020 - Daily update

May 11, 2020 - Daily update

May 8, 2020 - Daily update

May 7, 2020 - Daily update

May 6, 2020 - Daily update

May 5, 2020 - Daily update

May 4, 2020 - Daily update

May 1, 2020 - Daily update

April

April 30, 2020 - Daily update

April 29, 2020 - Daily update

April 28, 2020 - Daily update

April 27, 2020 - Daily update

April 24, 2020 - Daily update

April 23, 2020 - Daily update

April 22, 2020 - Daily update

April 21, 2020 - Daily update

April 20, 2020 - Daily update

April 17, 2020 - Daily update

April 16, 2020 - Daily update

April 15, 2020 - Daily update

April 14, 2020 - Daily update

April, 9 2020 - Daily update

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April 7, 2020 - Daily update

April 6, 2020 - Daily update

April 4, 2020 - Daily update

April 3, 2020 - Daily update

April 2, 2020 -  Daily update

April 1, 2020 -  Daily update

March

March 31, 2020 -  Daily update

March 30, 2020 -  Daily update

March 28, 2020 -  Daily update

March 27, 2020 -  Daily update

March 26, 2020 -  Daily update

March 25, 2020 -  Daily update

March 24, 2020 -  Daily update

March 23, 2020 -  Daily update

March 21, 2020 -  Daily update

March 20, 2020 -  Daily update

March 19, 2020 -  Daily update

March 18, 2020 -  Daily update

March 17, 2020 -  Daily update

March 16, 2020 -  Daily update

March 13, 2020 -  Daily update

March 12, 2020 -  Daily update

May

May 30, 2020: Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

May 29, 2020: Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

May 28, 2020: Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

May 27, 2020: Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

May 26, 2020: Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

May 25, 2020: Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

May 23, 2020: Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

May 22, 2020: Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

May 21, 2020: Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

May 20, 2020: Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

May 19, 2020: Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

May 18, 2020: Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

May 16, 2020: Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

May 15, 2020: Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

May 14, 2020: Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

May 13, 2020: Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

May 12, 2020: Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

May 11, 2020: Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

May 9, 2020: Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

May 6, 2020: Premier outlines plan to restart B.C. safely

May 6, 2020: Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

May 1, 2020: Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

April

April 30, 2020: Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

April 29, 2020: Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

April 28, 2020: Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

April 27, 2020: Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

April 25, 2020: Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

April 24, 2020: Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

April 23, 2020: Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

April 22, 2020: Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

April 21, 2020: Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

April 20, 2020: Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

April 18, 2020: Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

April 17, 2020: Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

April 16, 2020: Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

April 15, 2020: Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

April 14, 2020: Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

April 13, 2020: Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

April 11, 2020: Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

April 10, 2020: Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

April 9, 2020: Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

April 8, 2020: Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

April 7, 2020: Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

April 6, 2020: Joint statement on Province of B.C.’s COVID-19 response, latest updates

April 4, 2020: Joint statement on Province of B.C.’s COVID-19 response, latest updates

April 3, 2020: Joint statement on Province of B.C.’s COVID-19 response, latest updates

April 2, 2020: Joint statement on Province of B.C.’s COVID-19 response, latest updates

April 1, 2020: Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates


March

March 31, 2020: Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

March 30, 2020: Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

March 28, 2020: Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

March 27, 2020: Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

March 26, 2020: Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

March 25, 2020: Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

March 24, 2020: Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

March 23, 2020: Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

March 20, 2020: Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

March 19, 2020: Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

March 18, 2020: Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

March 17, 2020: Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

March 16, 2020: Joint statement on B.C.’s COVID-19 response and latest updates

March 14, 2020: Joint statement on update on new and existing COVID-19 cases in B.C.

March 13, 2020: Joint statement on update on new and existing COVID-19 cases in B.C.

March 12, 2020: Joint statement on update on new and existing COVID-19 cases in B.C.

March 10, 2020: Joint statement on update on new and existing COVID-19 cases in B.C.

March 9, 2020: Joint statement on update on new and existing COVID-19 cases in B.C.

March 7, 2020: Update on new and existing COVID-19 cases in British Columbia

March 5, 2020: Joint statement on new COVID-19 cases in B.C.

March 4, 2020: Joint statement on one new case of COVID-19 in B.C.

March 3, 2020: Joint statement on one new case of COVID-19 in B.C.

March 2, 2020: Joint statement on COVID-19

February

February 29, 2020: Joint statement on one new case of COVID-19 in B.C.

February 25, 2020: Joint statement on COVID-19 in B.C. /  Chinese translation

February 24, 2020: Joint statement on one new case of novel coronavirus in B.C.

February 20, 2020: Joint statement on B.C.’s sixth case of novel coronavirus

February 19, 2020: Joint statement on first B.C. resident recovered from COVID-19 /  Chinese translation

February 14, 2020: Joint statement on British Columbia’s fifth case of novel coronavirus /  Chinese translation

February 11, 2020: Joint statement on updates for novel coronavirus, patients recovering /  Chinese translation

February 7, 2020: Joint statement on the first repatriation flight for returning Canadians from China

February 6, 2020: Joint statement on two new cases of 2019 novel coronavirus in B.C. /  Chinese translation

February 4, 2020: Joint statement on second case of 2019 novel coronavirus in B.C. and federal travel recommendations /  Punjabi translation

February  3, 2020: Joint statement on updates on the 2019 novel coronavirus in B.C. /  Chinese translation / Punjabi translation

January statements

January 31, 2020: Joint statement on updates on the 2019 novel coronavirus in B.C. /  Chinese translation

January 29, 2020: PHO's statement on the first case of 2019 novel coronavirus in B.C.

January 28, 2020: Joint statement on the first case of 2019 novel coronavirus in B.C.

January 25, 2020: Joint statement on first Canadian case of novel coronavirus

January 21, 2020: Minister of Health, provincial health officer's statement on coronavirus risk

Public health orders and letters

We're sharing the caring.

We want to thank you for your 7 p.m. cheers, your notes of encouragement, artwork and love, and for the gifts of food you have delivered to our frontline health-care workers. We want you to know we're paying it forward, by supporting food banks in our communities. There are many out there who have lost income because of COVID-19 and need help feeding themselves and their families; we want to repay the kindness you've shown us by doing the same for others.

We invite you to join us in donating to our local food bank or your charity of choice — supporting the vulnerable in our community shows support for us too, and we feel it. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you. We're cheering right back at you.

 Content Editor




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