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January 19, 2022

B.C. COVID-19 pandemic update

As of Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, 89.3% (4,451,945) of eligible people five and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 83.4% (4,159,043) have received their second dose.

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January 19, 2022

Treating COVID-19 patients with Sotrovimab

New COVID-19 therapies are now available for the treatment of outpatients with mild to moderate illness who are at high risk for progression to hospitalization and severe disease. Monoclonal antibody infusion clinics open at CRH, NRGH, and RJH and work underway to establish additional sites at CDH, WCGH and possibly TGH.

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January 19, 2022

Health Canada approves Pfizer's COVID-19 antiviral treatment

Health Canada has approved Pfizer's COVID-19 therapeutic for use in adults 18 and older, paving the way for the distribution of a potentially lifesaving drug at a time when the country's hospitals are overwhelmed.

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January 19, 2022

PPE During COVID-19 Pandemic

PPE Guidelines have been updated to reflect the return to eye protection requirements when within 2-metres of a patient, resident or client. N95 masking for health-care providers is determined by a Point of Care Risk Assessment. Health-care workers who are required to wear an N95 as part of their duties must be fit tested on an annual basis.

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January 19, 2022

Long-Term Care Newsletter - January 2022

In this year's first edition, the focus is on: Communication skills brush up, Cytotoxic Precautions Alert, Using silver nitrate in LTC, and Introductions for our new CNE's!

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January 19, 2022

COVID-19: Viral Testing Guidelines for British Columbia

Guidelines for COVID-19 testing in B.C. are periodically reviewed and updated based on: COVID-19 epidemiology; New clinical information; Current eligibility for treatment; Public health measures in place; Testing and contact tracing capacity; Vaccination uptake; and Our evolving understanding of test performance in various settings and populations.

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January 19, 2022

Dr. William Cunningham Awarded David Haughton Leadership Award

Dr. William Cunningham was awarded the 2021 David Haughton Leadership Award. The David Haughton Leadership Award is awarded every few years by the Section of Emergency Medicine of the Doctors of BC for exemplary achievements as a physician, leader, and teacher.

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January 18, 2022

B.C. COVID-19 pandemic update

As of Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022, 89.3% (4,448,921) of eligible people five and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 83.4% (4,157,150) have received their second dose.

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January 18, 2022

Pandemic Planning COVID-19 Update

Dr. Bonnie Henry said gyms and adult fitness can restart on January 20th with some new guidance to allow that to happen safely. Other Public Health Orders have been extended to February 16th. This includes capacity limits at restaurants and sporting events, closure of bars, and mandatory COVID safety plans for all businesses.

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January 18, 2022

Island Health adjusting services to strengthen patient safety

Island Health has implemented several temporary service adjustments to strengthen patient care during Omicron-related COVID-19 staffing challenges.

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