oneVCH COVID-19 Bulletin
September 21, 2020
The bulletins will be distributed on Mondays and Wednesdays starting this weekPast bulletins are available on the COVID-19 section of our VCH staff intranet.
If you receive a media inquiry, please contact our Public Affairs team immediately for support. Our media line is 604-202-2012 or email
  • There were 366 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. over the last three days (121 on Sept. 19, 117 on Sept. 20 and 128 on Sept. 21).
  • Total of 8,208 cases in the province and 1,987 active cases
    • Vancouver Coastal Health: 2,945
    • Fraser: 4,211
    • Interior Health: 508
    • Vancouver Island: 203
    • Northern Health: 255
    • 86 people who are from outside of Canada, but currently in B.C.
  • 60 hospitalized 
  • 21 currently admitted to ICU
  • 5,972 recovered
  • 227 confirmed deaths
Click here to see more updates on the BC COVID-19 Dashboard

Q&A: Back to school

Q: Does my child need to stay home from school while we wait for COVID-19 test results?

A: If your child was tested for COVID-19, the child should remain home to self-isolate until the results are provided to you. This means you should go directly home after their test. Your child should stay home from school and not see visitors. Visit the self-isolation page for details.
Your child can stop isolating and return to school if they test negative and their symptoms are gone - unless they have been asked by public health to continue to self-isolate. This might happen if your child has been exposed to someone with COVID-19. If your child tests positive, public health will provide instructions on when they can end isolation. You can expect to know your child's results in about 48 hours. 

Q: Do I need to self-isolate if a child in my household tests positive for the virus?

A: You may need to self-isolate if a child in your household tests positive for the virus. Public health will follow-up with you if your child tests positive and will provide you with instructions.
COVID-19 concerns for the fall? Let's talk!

Join us Tuesday, September 22 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the VCH Virtual Medical Staff Forum (physicians, midwives, nurse practitioners, dentists).
Topic: COVID-19 pandemic planning
Special segment: COVID-19 vaccine: When will we have one?
Speakers: Dr. Patty Daly, Dr. Chad Kim Sing, Dr. Titus Wong, Dr. Ross Brown & Dr. Manish Sadarangani
Submit questions in advance on Slack or email Sonika.dhot@vch.caClick here to register for the event.
Join the upcoming Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Listening and Learning series!

This is the week! Just a reminder that this coming Wednesday, September 23 from 10:30 am to 12:00 p.m., we will begin our four part Listening and Learning series to provide a virtual forum for open dialogue to share common language and begin to address racism as it is experienced at VCH.

To join the session, simply click on this webcast link which you should have in the calendar invite sent from HR Inquiries. No registration is required.

You can also add the session details to your calendar by clicking here to download and then ‘add’ to your calendar.

Missed last week’s DEI Listening & Learning kick-off Q&A session? You can watch it anytime to learn more about how we are working together to advance DEI at VCH:


We hope you will join us for the Listening and Learning session this Wednesday!

For more information about this series, please visit the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion webpage. If you have any questions, please email

Read the DEI communication from September 1
Land acknowledgements are important in health care

Join us Tuesday, September 22 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. to hear Xalek’ / Sekyu Siyam, Chief Ian Campbell from the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nation share his knowledge, insights and teachings about the traditional, unceded territory of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples.

This iCON-VCH Indigenous health round will help attendees learn more about cultural humility through land acknowledgements. Register online to access remote connection details for this Virtual Zoom Meeting.

For questions, please email 
Regional COVID-19 education impact survey

In March 2020, a Regional COVID-19 Education Working Group was created to ensure the development of a regional standardized, evidence-based approach to COVID-19 education at VCH, focusing on the following areas: Acute, Community, Ambulatory and Long Term Care.
As of July 29, more than 17,000 staff have been reached with COVID-19 Education, through the following methods:
1. Face-to-face: In-person education provided by someone from the Department of Quality and Patient Safety, Infection Prevention and Control, Professional Practice and /or Site, Unit or Care Home Educators and Leadership.
2. Train-the-trainer: Virtual and in-person education provided at Paetzold Auditorium by Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) team.
3. Online-Education: Online modules dedicated to COVID-19 in the Learning HUB Platform and Online education in specific practice areas.
4. Coffee Chat with IPAC: Weekly virtual sessions through WebEx platform provided by IPAC Practitioners and Physicians, and the recorded YouTube Sessions on the IPAC Website.
The COVID-19 Regional Clinical Education Working Group is evaluating the impact and effectiveness of the COVID-19 education session(s) via an online survey. Your feedback is very important and will help the Working Group identify the most effective education methods, make improvements and address educational gaps.
Please find the online survey in the following link:
The survey will be available until September 30, 2020 and your responses will remain completely anonymous.
If you have any questions, please contact Arianna Cruz (

Leadership development webinars

These one-hour webinars are designed for senior leaders, managers and medical leaders. Click here (and expand the “Leader Webinars” section) to find out more about our upcoming webinars:

  • Performance Improvement Conversations
  • Integrating Project and Change Management
  • Learning Lab: Change Management & Project Management Support ​
  • Leading Others Through Transitions
  • Leading Projects with Agility
  • Leading Remote Teams:
    • Establishing Best Practices
    • Facilitating Virtual Meetings
    • Managing and Enhancing Productivity
  • Leadership Café:
    • We Care for Everyone – Being Compassionate
    • We Care for Everyone – Being Appreciative
    • We Are Always Learning – Sharing Expertise
    • We Strive for Better Results – Taking Ownership for Growth
If you have any questions, please email

Some feedback from recent participants:
  • “I appreciate the break-out sessions and the interactions with others and their experiences.
  • “Having a video-enabled meeting allowed for more interaction-based engagement. Having break-out rooms was a fantastic idea.”
  • "Good mix of interactive tools. Menti, break-out groups, chat, shared screen.”
  • “Using Menti allowed me to be engaged.”
  • “I think it was great having a session virtually; the connection was still there with the video, and conversation could flow as it would in person.”
  • “The presenters were well organized and the flow of the session was easy to follow.”

What’s available for all staff?

Click here for our new Exploring Leadership online learning series that is available to all staff; sessions are currently at full capacity, but please join the wait lists and we will update you when additional sessions become available.

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