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VP Pandemic Planning & Chief MHO Joint Update: September 24, 2020

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

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.

NEW

Employee Health, Wellness and Safety

Patient Placement and Transport

CHANGES

Patient Placement and Transport

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.


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