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July 2, 2020

Public Health COVID-19 Status Dashboard

Public Health COVID-19 Status Dashboard - July 2

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June 30, 2020

Island Health Medical Staff COVID-19 Updates June 30

A summary of updates on the Medical Staff Website.

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June 30, 2020

Chief MHO Update: June 30, 2020

Kathy is away this week for a much deserved rest and recharge and has left me with the COVID-19 update. It provides me with an opportunity to focus a bit deeper into the public health response and planning. Today, we begin with some very exciting news, announced by Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister Adrian Dix, about easing visitor restrictions for long-term care homes and assisted living facilities. I know this is something that our staff, residents and the families we serve have been anxiously awaiting.

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June 30, 2020

Update to visitor restrictions

The Province is investing in a suite of initiatives to protect long-term care and seniors’ assisted-living residents from COVID-19, as facilities begin allowing visitors. Residents will begin to be able to have a single designated visitor in a specific visiting area.

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June 30, 2020

Vancouver Island's first nurse practitioner primary care clinic opens

People and families in Nanaimo now have access to more primary health-care services with the opening of the first primary care clinic led by nurse practitioners on Vancouver Island.

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June 30, 2020

Infection Prevention and Control Requirements for COVID-19 in Long Term Care and Seniors’ Assisted Living

This updated document provides guidance and requirements to Long-Term Care (LTC) facilities and Seniors Assisted Living (AL) residences for preventing and controlling COVID-19.

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June 30, 2020

Island Health PQI project aims to relieve the stress of pandemic health care workers

Victoria psychiatrist Dr. Joanna Cheek and her team—psychiatrists, family doctors, residents, medical students, counsellors, and specialist consultants created a Stress First Aid and Peer Support Virtual Workshop to assist their frontline peers.

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June 29, 2020

Retiring in interesting times: Dr. Paul Hasselback reflects on a career in public health

When Dr. Paul Hasselback settled on July 9, 2020 as his retirement date, little did he know that he would be stepping down from his Medical Health Officer (MHO) role during dual public health emergencies: the opioid crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic.

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June 27, 2020

CEO & Chief MHO Joint Update: June 27, 2020

It has been another busy week as our health system, and the people working within it, are reminded that COVID-19 is still prevalent in our communities. The announcement of the first newly diagnosed case in Island Health since early May and the transition to Phase 3 of the B.C. Restart Plan provides us with both caution and hope.

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June 26, 2020

Congratulations Dr. Michael Kenyon

Congratulations to Dr. Michael Kenyon for receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award of Excellence in Rural Medicine. The award honors a rural physician who has dedicated his/her/their career to serving one or more rural communities and has significantly impacted and/or influenced rural health provincially, nationally and/or internationally.

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