June 23, 2020
COVID-19 Ethics Analysis: Intervening When Patients or Residents Pose a Risk of COVID-19 Transmission to Others
The COVID-19 pandemic presents a number of significant ethical challenges regarding safety considerations in health care settings. This ethics analysis discusses the following ethical question and provides recommendations for consideration. During the COVID-19 pandemic, what is an ethical approach to intervening for a patient or resident who cannot (e.g. incapable due to dementia or psychosis) or will not (i.e. capable but non-adherent) adhere to physical distancing and infection control measures and thus poses a risk of harm to others?
June 23, 2020
This afternoon, Dr. Bonnie Henry announced that among the 32 new people diagnosed with COVID-19 province-wide over the past three days, one of them is within Island Health. This new case is the first in Island Health since May 6, and brings our total test-positive cases to 131 since the pandemic began.
June 22, 2020
The Viral Testing Guidelines continue to recommend a low-threshold for testing of symptomatic individuals. The updates now include an expanded list of symptoms and emphasis on clinical judgment in the assessment as well as testing of symptomatic individuals.
June 20, 2020
Tomorrow, June 21, is National Indigenous Peoples Day. We want to take a moment to acknowledge our Indigenous Health partners, health and care providers and communities. During COVID-19, we have seen the amazing work that can happen in communities when we are there to work in full partnership and support – as was seen on Cormorant Island for example.
June 19, 2020
This morning Health Minister Adrian Dix held a news conference to advise the public of extremely serious allegations made in the past few days of racist activities within one or more hospital emergency departments across the province. The allegations describe a game being played by health-care professionals to guess the blood alcohol level of patients – in particular of Indigenous people – with the winner being the person closest to guessing the level without going over the actual results.
June 18, 2020
As we see increased activity in our communities – on the streets, in playgrounds, and at businesses – it feels like things are starting to return to normal. The last individual with newly diagnosed COVID-19 on the South Island was on April 13; and North of the Malahat on May 6. This means we have gone more than two incubation periods since the last confirmed case, but as well as we are doing right now, we know this virus is not going away any time soon. We are not returning to normal, we continue to move towards our new normal.
June 18, 2020
On behalf of Island Health, we want to thank the many members of medical staff who offered to help out clinically during the COVID19 pandemic, either through the provision of additional types of clinical services or through deployment to other sites. Fortunately, the volume of cases for which we were planning did not materialize, but the planning will serve us in good stead should there be a second wave later this year. The Island Health Board granted temporary privileges to a number of members of medical staff to facilitate the anticipated surge in clinical activity.