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Joint statement on B.C.’s COVID-19 response, latest updates

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Joint statement on B.C.’s COVID-19 response, latest updates

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Ministry of Health
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Media Contacts
Ministry of Health
Communications
250 952-1887 (media line)

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

Assisted-living, long-term care homes and seniors’ rental buildings: 

Vancouver Coastal Health – 12 facilities

  • Arbutus Care Centre (second occurrence)
  • Banfield Pavilion
  • Capilano Care Centre
  • Columbus Residence
  • Holy Family Hospital (fourth occurrence)
  • Little Mountain Place (second occurrence)
  • Louis Brier Home & Hospital
  • Renfrew Care Centre
  • Royal Arch Masonic Home (second occurrence)
  • Three Links Care Centre
  • Windermere Care Centre
  • Youville Residence

Fraser Health – 31 facilities

  • Agecare Harmony Court Care Centre
  • Agecare Harmony Court Estates
  • Al Hogg Pavilion (second occurrence)
  • Amenida Seniors Community
  • Belvedere Care Centre
  • Care Life Fleetwood (second occurrence)
  • Chartwell Langley Gardens (second occurrence)
  • Cottage-Worthington Pavilion
  • Fellburn Care Centre
  • Finnish Manor
  • Fort Langley Seniors Community
  • George Derby Centre (second occurrence)
  • Good Samaritan Delta View Care Centre
  • Harrison Pointe
  • Hawthorne Senior Care Community – assisted living
  • Hawthorne Seniors Care Community – long-term care
  • Holyrood Manor
  • Jackman Manor
  • Kiwanis Care Centre
  • Laurel Place
  • Menno Home
  • Northcrest Care Centre
  • Peace Portal Seniors Village (second occurrence)
  • PICS Assisted Living (third occurrence)
  • Queen’s Park Care Centre
  • Sunset Manor (second occurrence)
  • Tabor Home (second occurrence)
  • The Residence at Clayton Heights
  • The Residence in Mission
  • White Rock Senior Village (second occurrence)
  • Valley Haven Care Home

Northern Health – two facilities

  • North Peace Seniors Housing Society
  • Rotary Manor Dawson Creek

Interior Health – four facilities

  • Hamlets at Westsyde
  • Orchard Manor
  • Sun Pointe Village
  • Village by the Station

Island Health – two facilities

  • Discovery Harbour Care
  • Tsawaayuss-Rainbow Gardens

Acute-care facilities:

  • Burnaby Hospital
  • Langley Memorial Hospital
  • Lions Gate Hospital
  • Ridge Meadows Hospital
  • Surrey Memorial Hospital
Health human resources to support seniors services in B.C.

On Sept. 9, 2020, government announced 7,000 individuals would be hired into the health sector through three areas that are part of the health recruitment initiative:

  1. 2,000 net new full-time equivalents to support visitation in long-term care and assisted living, including scheduling family visits, assisting with infection prevention and control practices for visiting, and providing information on necessary steps and processes for visiting.
  2. 3,000 net new health-care support worker full-time equivalency, an innovative strategy to integrate staff without prior health-care education into the workplace, while providing funding and support to complete the health-care assistant education and training program.
  3. Approximately 2,000 existing vacancies will benefit from a focused provincial recruitment campaign highlighting the opportunities available in B.C. for a variety of roles in long-term care and assisted living.
Surgical renewal commitment: weekly update

From March 16 to May 17, 2020, non-urgent surgeries were postponed as part of the initial COVID-19 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 to proceed with their surgery in a COVID-19 environment. To date, 111,584 patients have been contacted about their surgery.

All health authorities have completed their calls to patients who were on the waitlist prior to May 7. 

Health authorities resumed non-urgent surgeries on May 18 and have completed a combined total of 172,585 surgeries as of Nov. 22, 2020. Of these, 134,471 were urgent and non-urgent scheduled surgeries, and 38,114 were unscheduled or emergency surgeries.

Summary of contact-tracing progress

Significant progress has been made to hire contact tracers across the province, in particular in the Lower Mainland.

  • This week, an additional 221 roles were filled (mostly in the Fraser Health authority). To date, 935 individuals have been hired – more than the 500 initially announced in August or 608 announced in September.
  • Government has recently approved increases to several health authorities, bringing the total number to be hired to over 1,200 positions. 
  • In addition, Statistics Canada is providing contact-tracing resources to Fraser Health: 70 full-time equivalents are beginning work on Nov. 24 to support Fraser Health’s contact-tracing team (not included in hiring numbers).
  • The ministry approved the First Nations Health Authority to hire 76 community health representative positions to support culturally safe contact-tracing efforts within First Nations communities.
  • Health authorities continue to work through many interested candidates for contact-tracing positions. Across all health authorities/roles:
    • 399 candidates are in the interview stage;
    • 109 candidates are in the offer process.
  • There also continues to be interest in contact-tracing positions, primarily through health authorities:
    • 10,526 individuals have expressed interest in total, with 2,121 individuals expressing interest to Health Match BC and 8,405 expressing interest directly to health authorities. In the past week, 645 people have expressed interest.

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