oneVCH COVID-19 Bulletin
October 19, 2020
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  • There were 174 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. today.
  • Total of 11,687 cases in the province and 1,639 active cases
    • Vancouver Coastal Health: 4,146
    • Fraser: 6,244
    • Interior Health: 611
    • Vancouver Island: 243
    • Northern Health: 355
    • 88 people who are from outside of Canada, but currently in B.C.
  • 67 hospitalized 
  • 19 currently admitted to ICU
  • 9,753 recovered
  • 253 confirmed deaths
Click here to see more updates on the BC COVID-19 Dashboard

Don't forget to book your flu shot

This year, more than ever, getting the flu shot will be an important step to protect yourself and those around you. It can help keep your health care team strong and your family healthy.

A flu shot can reduce your chance of developing symptoms that resemble COVID-19 which would require you to get tested and self-isolate. This can increase wait times for test results and delay the identification of COVID-19 cases. The vaccine is the best way to protect against the flu, and flu shots for health-care staff are free. 

Staff flu clinics have now started across the Communities of Care. Some of your colleagues may be Peer Immunizers and can provide immunizations on their units – please ask your manager for more details.

New this year: staff are encouraged to pre-book their immunization appointments online at their preferred site location. Book your appointment now. Drop-ins will also be accommodated.

You can also get immunized at most doctors' offices, pharmacies and public health clinics. For a list of clinics in BC, visit ImmunizeBC.

Self-report for a chance to win a prize!

Please self-report your immunization status online. The earlier you report, the more chances you have to win a prize! Names will be drawn every week from now to November 27.

Transformation Talks: structural and systemic racism in health care

As part of our efforts to address anti-Indigenous racism in health care, Riel Dupuis-Rossi and Vikki Reynolds are welcoming you to join their next webinar that addresses the question: What do we mean when we say that racism in health-care is structural and systemic?

This session will provide participants with the analysis and knowledge needed to effect system transformation in their respective areas of practice within the mental-health system.​


What: Transformation Talks Webinar: What do we mean when we say that racism in health care is structural and systemic? 

When: Thursday, October 22, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Please register for this webinar on the Learning Hub.
It's this week! Part three of our Listening & Learning series

Just a reminder that part three of our Listening and Learning series, Anti-Racism at the Procedural and Process Level, is taking place this Wednesday, October 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

In this session, we will examine the DEI frameworks and strategies that can be implemented with the help of leaders of select departments to improve inclusivity for all employees.
We will also define procedural and process level racism, listen to stories about experiences with procedural and process level racism faced within VCH, and discuss what can be done to address racism at a procedural and process level at VCH.
If you missed the kick-off Q&A session and the first foundational session, you can watch the sessions anytime using the same webcast link

Staff engagement

We will be using the engagement tool Slido to moderate employee questions and comments. Those that are off topic, blatantly rude, discriminatory/racist or feel hostile and argumentative will not be shared. Please ensure any questions/comments you submit are respectful as per our Respectful Workplace policy and align with the questions being asked at the session.

Staff support

We offer counselling and support to all staff and medical staff who are affected by the conversations we’re facilitating as we know that the sharing of lived experiences can trigger your own painful experiences. If needed, Employee Wellness/EFAP is available for 24/7 support during and after this presentation by calling 604-872-4929. This includes a new opportunity, offered in partnership with Aboriginal Health, to connect Indigenous and non-Indigenous VCH employees and family members with Aboriginal Elders for the purpose of engaging in cultural healing practices and a ceremony.  

Thank you for supporting each other along our journey of learning and healing by engaging in a respectful and meaningful dialogue during our upcoming sessions. We hope you will join us on Wednesday.

If you have any questions or feedback, please email More information, including DEI tool and resources, is available on our DEI intranet page.
COVID-19 test results

Q: How do I find out about my COVID-19 test results?

A: Individuals can get
 negative results online, by text or by phone through one of the services below:
  • my ehealth - Outpatient COVID-19 test results from most areas of the province are available via my my ehealth, a fast and secure method to receive your test results if you are aged 16 or older. Patients need to provide a Personal Health Number (PHN) at the clinic or collection centre where their test is being done for results to be accessed via my my ehealth.
  • Text - Fill out the BC Centre of Disease Control (BCCDC) webform at to receive negative test results by SMS (text) directly to your cell phone. Parents can also use this service for their children. This service is available to people who have a BC Personal Health Number (PHN) and tested for COVID-19 in the province of British Columbia.
  • Phone - The BCCDC COVID-19 Negative Results line (1-833-707-2792) is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., seven days a week. It may be easier to get through to someone on the line in the afternoon when the call volume is generally lower.
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

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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