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Ministry of Health

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

Vancouver Coastal Health:

  • Banfield Pavilion
  • Haro Park Centre (second occurrence)
  • Hamilton Village Care Centre
  • Lakeview Care Centre
  • Louis Brier Home & Hospital
  • Pinegrove Place
  • Royal Arch Masonic Home (second occurrence)
  • Three Links Care Centre
  • Yaletown House

Fraser Health:

  • Agassiz Seniors Community
  • Amenida Seniors Community
  • Belvedere Care Centre
  • CareLife Fleetwood
  • Evergreen Baptist Care Society
  • Fair Haven Homes Burnaby Lodge
  • Fellburn Care Centre
  • Good Samaritan Delta View Care Centre
  • Laurel Place
  • Hawthorne Seniors Care Community
  • Mayfair Terrace Retirement Residence
  • PICS (second occurrence)
  • Rosemary Heights Seniors Village
  • St. Michael’s Centre
  • Tabor Home (second occurrence)
  • The Gateway Assisted Living for Seniors
  • Hawthorne Seniors Care Community
  • White Rock Senior Village (second occurrence)

Northern Health:

  • Rotary Manor Dawson Creek

Interior Health:

  • Village at Mill Creek
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 they were ready, willing and able to proceed with their surgery in a COVID-19 environment. To date, 106,112 patients have been contacted about their surgery.

Health authorities resumed non-urgent surgeries on May 18 and have completed a combined total of 152,351 surgeries as of Nov. 1, 2020. Of these, 118,125 were urgent and non-urgent scheduled surgeries, and 34,226 were unscheduled or emergency surgeries.

Total surgeries completed by health authority since May 18:

  • 41,781 in Fraser Health;
  • 27,920 in Interior Health;
  • 8,891 in Northern Health;
  • 35,805 in Vancouver Coastal Health;
  • 31,780 in Island Health; and
  • 6,174 in the Provincial Health Services Authority.

Weekly total surgeries completed from Oct. 19 to Oct. 25:

Last week, health authorities reported 6,925 surgeries completed. Health authorities have verified their data and the total number of surgeries completed was 7,213.

Weekly total surgeries completed from Oct. 26 to Nov. 1:

Health authorities completed 6,894 surgeries.

Contact-tracing hiring: weekly update

Snapshot of progress:

There are a significant number of contact-tracing job candidates. It is expected that these will be reflected in hiring numbers next week.

  • 309 candidates are in the interview stage
  • 78 candidates are in the offer process

There continues to be interest in the contact-tracing positions, primarily through health-authority mechanisms.

In total:

  • 8,421 individuals have expressed interest, with 2,111 individuals expressing interest to Health Match BC (HMBC) and 6,310 expressing interest directly to health authorities. 
    • In the past week, 468 people have expressed interest.
  • HMBC has referred 1,341 individuals to regional health authorities and the Provincial Health Services Authority as appropriate.
    • In the past week, 57 positions have been filled across all health authorities. To date, there have been 580 total hires. This surpasses the initial target (500 first announced in August) and represents 95.3% of the increased target of 608 positions (updated in September).
  • In the past week, several health authorities have received approval to increase the total number of contact tracers to approximately 800 positions.
  • In addition, the ministry has provided approval to the First Nations Health Authority to hire 76 community health representative positions to support culturally safe contact tracing efforts within First Nations communities.