Island Health Medical Staff COVID-19 Updates May 21

  • The next COVID-19 update email will occur Tuesday May 26th unless urgent updates are required. The medical staff website news is updated Monday through Friday.
  • Provincial and Island Health Data


New Cases

Total cases

Total Recovered

Total currently hospitalized (ICU)

Total Deaths





43 (8)


Island Health




1 (0)


  • Infection Prevention and Control (Ministry of Health policy) update (medical staff website)
    • Updated family and visitor guidance; and
    • Updated guidance for long-term care and assisted living facilities (BCCDC) (medical staff website) *Best viewed in Chrome*
  • Safe Handling of Bodies of Deceased Persons with Suspect or Confirmed COVID-19 BCCDC update (medical staff website)
  • Therapies for COVID-19 update (COVID-19 Therapeutics Committee CTC)
  • New PPE guide for aerosol generating medical procedures on COVID-19 suspected patients
    • This Island Health guide helps medical staff decide which PPE to wear while performing AGMPs on COVID-19 suspected/confirmed patients (medical staff website)
  • Doctors of BC recommendations for expanding in-person care in community-based physician practices. (medical staff website)
  • BC COVID-19 Medical Student Response Team’s Infographic Guide for Physician Wellness (medical staff website)
  • CEO/Chief Medical Health Officer Update May 21 (medical staff website)
    • Cheryl Damstetter, Vice President – Priority Populations and Initiatives, will leave Island Health in July.
    • Last confirmed Island Health case two weeks ago, May 7.

Upcoming webinars & rounds:

  • Tuesday, May 26, 7pm COVID-19 Update: Expert Q&A with Public Health (Dr. Bonnie Henry), Epidemiology (Dr. David Patrick) & Lab (Dr. Mel Krajden) (medical staff website)
  • Tuesday, May 26 Virtual Island Health COVID-19 Town Hall, Tuesday May 26 at noon Virtual town hall with EOC leaders. Call-in details included in May 21 Daily Bulletin. (medical staff website).

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