May 8, 2020
We begin today by wishing all of the moms in the Island Health family a very happy Mother’s Day this Sunday. Whether you have young children at home, or grown children living in another part of the country, we know there have been challenges because of COVID-19. Balancing home-based schooling with work, finding new childcare arrangements, or missing your kids who don’t live with you have all been tough, and we hope on this weekend you find a way to connect and feel the appreciation and love they have for you.
May 7, 2020
These are challenging and uncertain times for all of us as we begin to move through to the next phase of COVID-19 – the B.C. Restart Plan – finding the fine line between expanding our circles while still protecting the most vulnerable within our families and communities. For young people who have not physically seen friends, attended school nor had the ability to participate in the activities outside the home, the past days and weeks must seem endless.
May 6, 2020
Today we begin on a sorrowful note as we share a fifth person has died within Island Health from COVID-19. The person was in their 70’s and an inpatient in one of our hospitals. To the family and friends of this individual, please know that the Island Health family grieves with you during this difficult time. To our Island Health team who provided compassionate care and supported the family and each other, you are our in our thoughts and we thank you for the care you provided.
May 6, 2020
As of May 1, 2020, more than 2,100 British Columbians have tested positive for COVID-19 and more than 100 people have died. As the pandemic hit BC, we asked British Columbians to do their part, and they took action to stay home and help flatten the curve.
May 6, 2020
The province of British Columbia is in a Public Health Emergency related to opioid overdoses. There are significant challenges to understanding what is happening real-time in our communities as many overdoses do not receive a call to 911 which greatly hinders our ability to issue community alerts and deploy available resources.
May 5, 2020
Each year on May 5th, the World Health Organization recognizes hand hygiene day – this year’s campaign theme is SAVE LIVES: Clean your hands. At no time has the importance of proper hand hygiene been more widely understood and appreciated as it is during the COVID-19 pandemic.