SENT TO ALL STAFF, MEDICAL STAFF, STUDENTS AND VOLUNTEERS ON BEHALF OF VICTORIA SCHMID, VP PANDEMIC PLANNING, AND DR. RICHARD STANWICK, VP POPULATION HEALTH & CHIEF MEDICAL HEALTH OFFICER
Now that most students are back in classrooms across BC – you may have heard or read stories about school exposures. There have been about 30 exposures across the province, which sounds like a lot, but there are more than 2000 schools and millions of kids back in the classroom. There have been no outbreaks in the B.C. school system yet, but public health teams continue to monitor and are supporting schools as we move through this pandemic.
In Island Health, we have not had any school exposures (knock on wood!), but our public health teams are ready in the event that we do have a student or staff member in one of our schools test positive for COVID-19. When there is a potential school exposure, Public Health will step in to conduct contact tracing and assess the risk for each individual – student, teacher or staff member in the school community. People found to be at-risk of exposure will be contacted directly by public health, and schools will issue an alert if directed to do so by their Medical Health Officer.
Find information on school exposures here.
QUESTION OF THE DAY
Why are so many employees still not wearing masks? How can this be enforced? I’m not comfortable telling colleagues what to do.
At Island Health, there is an expectation that staff and medical staff wear a medical-grade mask when they are within 2-metres of any patient/client/resident, and when unable to physically distance from others in the work place. It is the responsibility of leaders to ensure these practices are maintained in all care areas. Please speak with your leader if you are uncomfortable raising your concerns with colleagues.
Provincial Update (new numbers today):
- 148 people have newly-confirmed COVID-19 for a total of 8,543 people
- 2 new deaths – 229 COVID-19 related deaths in B.C.
- 1,371 people with active COVID-19 in B.C. – 61 in hospital – 20 in critical/ICU
Island Health Update (Tuesday, Sept 22 – today):
- 0 people have newly-confirmed COVID-19 for a total of 203 people
- 0 deaths – 5 COVID-19 related deaths in Island Health
- 6 people with active COVID-19 in Island Health – 0 in hospital – 0 in critical/ICU
- See breakdown by region (South/Central/North) – updated on Monday or as cases are reported
Read updates from Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer:
COVID-19 INTRANET PAGE UPDATES
Since our last update, the following resources have either been created or updated on the COVID-19 Intranet page.
Employee Health, Wellness and Safety
Patient Placement and Transport
- Use of Temporary Structures to Support Emergency Departments in Managing Surge Capacity During COVID-19
- Bed Placement of Admitted Patients with Suspected/Confirmed COVID‐19
Patient Placement and Transport
- Guideline: Establishing 14-Day Admission Isolation Cohorts in LTC has been renamed and placed in a COVID-19 guideline template. It is now called 14 Day Isolation in Acute Care in Preparation for Repatriation to Assisted Living or Long-Term Care
COVID-19: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Intranet page:
A new section has been added to the page to address the FAQ around how we can support patients/clients/visitors to take action to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
- Question #2 now addresses, “What PPE do patients/clients/visitors need while in Island Health facilities?”
Check out what is New Today on the BCCDC website.
- 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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