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Ministry of Health

250 952-1887 (media line)


Assisted living, long-term care homes, seniors’ rental buildings with ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks

Vancouver Coastal Health

  • Banfield Pavilion long-term care facility
  • Haro Park Centre long-term care facility (second occurrence)
  • Point Grey Private Hospital long-term care facility

Fraser Health

  • Chartwell Crescent Gardens long-term care facility
  • Cherington Place long-term care facility
  • Evergreen Hamlets long-term care facility
  • George Derby Centre long-term care facility
  • Harrison West at Elim Village long-term care facility
  • Kin Village assisted-living facility
  • Langley Lodge long-term care facility (third occurrence)
  • New Vista Care Home long-term care facility
  • Thornebridge Gardens assisted-living facility
  • Peace Portal Seniors Village long-term care facility
  • White Rock Seniors Village long-term care facility
Surgical renewal commitment – weekly update

From March 16 to May 17, non-urgent surgeries — surgeries that have a target wait time of greater than six weeks — were postponed as part of the initial COVID-19 pandemic response. Urgent and emergency surgeries continued to be performed during this period.

On May 7, health authorities began calling all patients waiting for surgery to confirm that they were ready, willing and able to proceed with their surgery in a COVID-19 environment. To date 99,030 patients have been contacted about their surgery.

Health authorities resumed non-urgent surgeries on May 18 and have completed a combined total of 124,071 surgeries as of Oct. 4, 2020. Of these, 95,666 were urgent and non-urgent scheduled surgeries, and 28,405 were unscheduled or emergency surgeries.

Total surgeries completed by health authority since May 18:

  • 34,289 in Fraser Health;
  • 23,050 in Interior Health;
  • 7,240 in Northern Health;
  • 29,113 in Vancouver Coastal Health;
  • 25,256 in Island Health; and
  • 5,123 in the Provincial Health Services Authority.

Weekly total surgeries completed from Sept. 21 to Sept. 27:

Last week, health authorities reported 6,811 surgeries completed. Health authorities have now verified their data and the total number of surgeries completed was 7,229.

Weekly total surgeries completed from Sept. 28 to Oct. 4:

This week, health authorities completed 6,817 surgeries.

Contact tracing hiring – weekly update

Snapshot of progress:

There continues to be interest in the contact tracing positions through both Health Match BC (HMBC) and health authority mechanisms. All health authorities are moving candidates through the recruitment process.

  • 4,587 individuals have expressed interest, with 2,077 expressing interest to HMBC and 2,510 expressing interest directly to health authorities. 
  • HMBC has referred 1,196 individuals to regional health authorities and the Provincial Health Services Authority as appropriate.
  • In the past week, 52 positions have been filled across all health authorities.
  • To date, there have been 379 total hires. In addition, 262 individuals are currently in the interview stage; with 62 in the offer process.