COVID-19

Current Outbreaks:

Previous Outbreaks Now Declared Over:

  • Holy Family Hospital Long Term Care
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, St. Paul’s Hospital
  • Holy Family Hospital Long Term Care Neighbourhoods 1&2
  • 8A, St. Paul's Hospital
  • Holy Family Hospital, Long Term Care 3rd Floor

If you think you have symptoms, use the COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool

The Province has created 1-888-COVID19 for non-medical information about COVID-19, including travel recommendations, social distancing, and resources from the provincial and federal governments. 

1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319) or via text message at 604-630-0300 is available seven days a week, from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. PST in 110 languages

The 811 number is also in place for medical-related COVID-19 questions.

Should I get tested?

Any British Columbian who is exhibiting cold, influenza or COVID-like symptoms is now able be assessed for and get a COVID-19 test from a physician, nurse practitioner or local community collection centre.

Individuals with respiratory or other COVID-like symptoms no longer have to be referred for testing by a health-care provider or by calling 811.

While testing is now available for those who need it, not everyone needs a test. If an individual has no symptoms, even if they are a contact of a confirmed case or a returning traveller, they do not require a test.

If you develop cold, influenza or COVID-19-like symptoms, use the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool to help determine if you need further assessment for COVID-19 testing by a physician, nurse practitioner or at a local collection centre. You can complete this assessment for yourself, or on behalf of someone else, if they are unable to. 

Please visit an emergency department if you are experiencing health conditions that require urgent and emergency care.

For COVID-19 testing locations, as well as additional information and helpful links, please click here.

NEW: Mask Requirements

As of November 6, 2020 the Ministry of Health has a new policy requiring medical-grade masks to be worn in all PHC facilities and settings where health care is provided. You will be provided with a mask when you visit. Please review the below for more information.

Acute (Hospital) Care

  • All visitors must wear a medical-grade mask when entering and moving around our health care facilities, including clinical and non-clinical spaces (such as hallways or common areas). This includes individuals accompanying a patient in admitting/waiting areas, and the Emergency Department.

  • What to expect when you visit:
    • When screened at the front door to our facility and asked to perform hand hygiene.
    • If you are wearing a non-medical mask, you will be asked to clean your hands, remove the non-medical mask, and put on the PHC-approved medical mask. You will be instructed on how to properly put on and take off the medical mask. You are asked not to touch/manipulate the medical mask. If absolutely necessary, please perform hand hygiene before and after.
    • Visitors will be provided one medical-grade mask for the duration of their visit unless the mask is damaged or visibly soiled (the soiled/damaged mask must be replaced with a new medical mask).
  • If you do not wear a mask, you will be asked to leave.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Do I have to wear a mask to visit my loved one?

Yes, you must wear a mask to visit. If you do not wear a mask you will be asked to leave.

Your visit is important, but we need to respect the health and safety of all people who need to be here.

What if I can’t wear a mask? 

If you are a patient with a medical condition that prevents you from safely wearing a mask, tell the entrance screening staff. Your care team will be notified and will accompany you to your destination. Visitors coming into the health care facility must wear a mask at all times.

Exceptions for visitors with medical conditions will be considered for end-of-life situations. 

Where can I get a mask? 
Entrance screening staff at all PHC sites will provide you with a mask after asking you to clean your hands with an alcohol-based solution. Clean your hands again after putting on your mask and when you touch the mask while in the building. 
May I bring my own mask from home?

Yes. You may bring your own mask and wear it while at a PHC site if it is medical grade and fits well. You may be asked to wear a PHC supplied one if it is not appropriate. For example, masks with exhalation valves and cloth masks are not permitted in the hospital.

In long-term care you must wear the equipment and masks provided.

How do I safely wear my mask?
Masks must cover nose, mouth and chin at all times. If you wear a medical grade disposable mask, it must be new and clean and it cannot be torn, have holes or vents. If it is a reusable medical grade mask it must be freshly washed. The mask should feel comfortable and fit snuggly against your face. You must always clean your hands before putting on a mask, when you touch your mask and after you take off your mask. 
The patient I am visiting is in isolation precautions, what should I do?
If you are visiting a patient who is in isolation precautions, you must first speak with the patient’s care team. The care team will provide information on how to safely visit your loved one. You may need to wear added personal protective equipment. 

 

VISITATION CHANGES

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Providence Health Care is working closely with the Ministry of Health and BC’s other health authorities to protect the health of all British Columbians, particularly the most vulnerable, in our Long Term Care and Acute Care settings.

For Long Term Care (LTC):

The Ministry of Health, working with the provincial health officer, has developed updated guidelines to support visits between family members and residents of long-term care homes and seniors’ assisted living facilities.

Under these new guidelines for social visits, residents can visit with one designated family member or friend*. *Facility staff/operator can approve a change to the designated visitor under extenuating circumstances; for example, if the visitor moves away or becomes ill and is unable to visit.​​

  • You will be screened for signs and symptoms of illness, including COVID-19, and possible exposure to COVID-19, prior to every visit.
  • You will need to bring a mask and wear it for the duration of your visit. If you do not have a medical-grade mask, one will be provided to you. If you do not wear a mask, you will be asked to leave.
  • Please practice hand and respiratory hygiene (cough/sneeze etiquette), and maintain two-metres of physical distance where possible.

If you are an essential visitor: You may not need to schedule your visit in advance. If there is another family member or friend providing essential care, only one visitor is allowed at a time*. *Except for palliative and end-of-life care, where more than one visitor may be allowed at a time.​

If you are visiting for social reasons, you need to do the following:

  • Book your visit with facility staff in advance.
  • Socialize in designated areas identified by facility staff.

Please note: Visits are not allowed if there is an active COVID-19 outbreak at the residence.

If you have any question, concern or need assistance with the facility’s safety procedures, please contact the number listed on the poster at the main entrance(s). In addition to visits in person, we also encourage you to stay in touch with your family or friend at the facility either virtually or remotely. 

For the updated guidance for long-term care and seniors’ assisted living facilities, visit BC Centre for Disease Control’s website.

Residents of our long-term care facilities and their families can find more information here.

For Acute Care:

Effective immediately, Providence is restricting all visitors to Acute Care inpatients to essential visits only. All visitors must wear a medical-grade mask at all times when visiting our sites. If you do not have a medical mask, one will be provided to you at the front door. If you do not wear a mask you will be asked to leave. Please review the above for more information regarding mask requirements.

Essential visits include, but are not limited to:

  • Visits for compassionate care, including critical illness, palliative care, hospice care, end of life;
  • Visits paramount to the patient/client’s physical care and mental well-being, including:
    • Assistance with feeding;
    • Assistance with mobility;
    • Assistance with personal care;
    • Communication assistance for persons with hearing, visual, speech, cognitive, intellectual or memory impairments;
    • Assistance by designated representatives for persons with disabilities, including provision of emotional support;
    • Visits for supported decision making; and
    • Visits for pediatric care, labour and delivery.
  • Existing registered volunteers providing the services described above.
  • Visits required to move belongings in or out of a client’s room.
  • Police, correctional officers and peace officers accompanying a patient/client for security reasons.

*EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 29, 2020, THE PALLIATIVE CARE UNIT AT ST. PAUL'S HOSPITAL WILL BE LOCATED ON 9 C/D.

All Providence Health Care sites have controlled access protocols in place and all visitors can expect to be asked the reason for their visits and may not gain access to the site, based on the above criteria.

Please see attached document on restrictions and requirements for bringing a care package for a patient.

ELECTIVE SURGERIES AND CLINIC APPOINTMENTS

Providence Health Care is implementing new measures to help keep patients, clients, staff and medical staff safe as scheduled elective surgeries resume in the coming weeks.   

As part of our restart plans, access to expanded health care services such as surgical, ambulatory and community services, diagnostic imaging and lab testing will resume in a safe manner with protective measures in place. Click here for more information.

PAY PARKING SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Pay parking for patients, staff, and visitors at all health authority owned and operated sites, including those of Providence Health Care, is suspended effective April 1 until further notice.

  • The City of Vancouver is also providing street parking in neighbourhoods near all Vancouver hospitals, including all Providence sites. 
  • St. Paul’s has reserved 46 spaces dedicated for patients and the public - these spots are located along the inside wall, spots 286–299 and 462–495.

ONLINE MEMORIAL

Providence’s spiritual health practitioners have created an online memorial service intended for anyone who is grieving loss, especially now in a time when social distancing is in place.

Those who are interested can view the on-line memorial at any time or location they wish via this link: https://youtu.be/9hO1xdTeg5g. They can view alone, or if possible, with their household. Friends and family could arrange to view at the same time from far flung places, as a way to gather together for a shared experience.

DONATIONS

All offers of goods and services with respect to the COVID19 response can be emailed to SPFoundation@providencehealth.bc.ca. For monetary donations to the COVID-19 response fund, please visit the St. Paul’s Foundation website. A heartfelt thank you to the many community members and businesses generously offering assistance.
 

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This page last updated July 20, 2020 2:11pm PDT