SENT TO ALL STAFF, MEDICAL STAFF, STUDENTS AND VOLUNTEERS ON BEHALF OF VICTORIA SCHMID, VP PANDEMIC PLANNING, AND DR. RICHARD STANWICK, VP POPULATION HEALTH AND CHIEF MEDICAL HEALTH OFFICER
Victoria Schmid is taking a well-deserved break, albeit a short one, to get some rest and rejuvenate. Something many of us are, or will be, doing over the next few weeks.
At today’s briefing, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix spoke about travel during the time of COVID, and the risks that travelers bring with them to their destinations and back home upon return. They stressed the importance of obeying the full 14-day self-isolation/quarantine order if returning from the US, or anywhere outside of Canada. We hope you are planning a fun ‘stay-cation’ this year, but for those who choose to travel within Canada, by car or by plane, please stay home if you are sick. Plans can be rescheduled. It is also important to remind healthy travelers to other provinces that you should check ahead to know the safety rules and restrictions of your destination, so that you are not caught off guard upon arrival.
In communities throughout the Island Health region, we have been very fortunate that the majority of people are taking the direction of the Provincial Health Officer seriously and doing their part to bolster efforts to keep COVID off the islands. What we do over the upcoming long weekend, and every weekend, determines the impacts to our communities in the weeks and months ahead. Let’s continue to stay committed for each other, our friends and families.
QUESTION OF THE DAY
If kids cannot go to school when sick, how is Island Health going to support parents? Are we to use all of our sick time and leave floors short constantly?
To prepare for the school year ahead, parents are encouraged to have a plan. A childcare plan is necessary for the flexibility that may be required with in-class learning and for when children are home sick. When your child is sick, there may be a leave day that is available to you (i.e. a vacation day).
In terms of ensuring adequate staffing, Island Health remains committed to strategic talent acquisition practices and initiatives to ensure we have the workforce, including casual employees, that may be needed for unforeseen absences.
Read more about plans for school-aged children K-12 from the Ministry of Education.
Provincial update for July 30:
- 29 people with newly-confirmed COVID-19 for a total of 3,591 people
- 0 new deaths – a total of 194 COVID-19 related deaths in B.C.
- 242 people with active COVID-19 in B.C. – 5 in hospital – 2 in critical/ICU
Island Health Update:
- 0 persons with newly-confirmed COVID-19 for a total of 143 people
- 0 new deaths – a total of 5 COVID-19 related deaths in Island Health
- 3 people with active COVID-19 in Island Health – 0 in hospital – 0 in critical/ICU
Read the recent updates from Minister Adrian Dix and Dr. Bonnie Henry:
COVID-19 WEBSITE UPDATES
There have been no new items posted.
- COVID-19 Testing (Collection) Sites and Assessment Clinics has updated hours of operation for Courtenay/Comox and Saanichton/Sidney.
- Visit Island Health's ‘source of truth,’ COVID-19 webpage on the Intranet.
- The Medical Staff website has specific information for medical staff.
- Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of BC have resources here.
- We are posting information for the public at: islandhealth.ca/covid19 and through our social media channels. Follow/retweet/share Island Health’s posts:
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