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

Assisted living, long-term care homes and seniors’ rental buildings with ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks are as follows:

  • 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
    • Weinberg Residence long-term care facility
    • Yaletown House long-term care facility
  • Fraser Health
    • Chartwell Carrington House assisted- and independent-living facility
    • Chartwell Crescent Gardens long-term care facility
    • George Derby Centre long-term care facility
    • Good Samaritan Delta View Care 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)
    • Peace Portal Seniors Village long-term care facility
    • PICS assisted-living facility
    • Thornebridge Gardens assisted-living facility
    • White Rock Seniors Village long-term care facility
Surgical renewal commitment - weekly update

From March 16 to May 17, 2020, 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, 100,950 patients have been contacted about their surgery.

Health authorities resumed non-urgent surgeries on May 18 and as of Oct. 11, 2020, have completed a combined total of 131,152 surgeries, of which 101,370 were urgent and non-urgent scheduled surgeries, and 29,782 were unscheduled or emergency surgeries.

Total surgeries completed by health authorities since May 18:

  • 36,210 in Fraser Health;
  • 24,319 in Interior Health;
  • 7,653 in Northern Health;
  • 30,875 in Vancouver Coastal Health;
  • 26,689 in Island Health; and
  • 5,406 in the Provincial Health Services Authority.

Weekly total surgeries completed Sept. 28 to Oct. 5:

  • Last week, health authorities reported 6,817 surgeries completed from Sept. 28 to Oct. 4. Health authorities have now verified their data. The total number of surgeries completed was 7,127.

Weekly total surgeries completed Oct. 5-11:

  • This week health authorities completed 6,765 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. The Provincial Health Services Authority, in particular, has had significant interest expressed in the contact tracer aide role in the past two weeks.

In total:

  • 5,447 individuals have expressed interest in total, with 2,084 individuals expressing interest to HMBC and 3,330 expressing interest directly to health authorities. In the past week, 860 people have expressed interest.
  • HMBC has referred 1,243 individuals to regional health authorities and PHSA as appropriate.
  • In the past week, 25 positions have been filled across all health authorities. To date, there have been 404 total hires.