oneVCH COVID-19 Bulletin
October 7, 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.
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  • There were 115 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. today.
  • Total of 9,956 cases in the province and 1,387 active cases
    • Vancouver Coastal Health: 3,644
    • Fraser: 5,119
    • Interior Health: 557
    • Vancouver Island: 222
    • Northern Health: 325
    • 89 people who are from outside of Canada, but currently in B.C.
  • 72 hospitalized 
  • 15 currently admitted to ICU
  • 8,296 recovered
  • 244 confirmed deaths
Click here to see more updates on the BC COVID-19 Dashboard

New collection centre opens on Thursday in North Van

A new COVID-19 collection centre will open on Thursday in North Vancouver, thanks to a partnership between Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and ICBC.
The new testing site, located in the Capilano Claim Centre, 255 Lloyd Avenue, is indoors and will provide additional capacity to assess North Shore residents for COVID-19. The site will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and can accommodate both walk-in and drive-through clients, ages four and up. An expected 450 to 600 tests will be administered at the site each day.
The existing collection centre located in the parking lot of Centennial Theatre, on Lonsdale Avenue, will remain open until 7 p.m., Wednesday, October 7.
COVID-19 testing is available for all who need it, but not everyone requires a test. Testing is not recommended for people without symptoms. You can use the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool  to help determine if you need further assessment for COVID-19 testing by a health-care provider or at a local test collection centre. You can complete this assessment for yourself, or on behalf of someone else, if they are unable to do this themselves.
Identifying new cases of COVID-19 in a timely manner is important to help prevent community spread of the virus, and this new assessment centre will contribute to those efforts. For all site locations and hours, please refer to the collection site locator on the BC Centre for Disease Control website.
VCH continues to monitor cases throughout our region. While there can be cases anywhere in B.C., if we follow the public health guidance and all continue working together, we will be better prepared. For more information on COVID-19 and testing, please visit
Next week! Join us for our first ever Aboriginal Health virtual conference

Aboriginal Health is pleased to bring you a virtual three-day conference that will focus on culturally safe and inclusive approaches to health care for the Indigenous population in B.C. inclusive of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples.

It is timely that we come together as health-care professionals and collectively commit to strengthen and transform our health-care approaches recognizing that we each have a role to play in reconciliation and healing for the Aboriginal population.

This conference will feature some of the very best Indigenous speakers from Canada, Hawaii and New Zealand including keynotes by Dr. Cindy Blackstock, Dr. James Makokis, Dr. Kaholokula, Dr. Evan Adams, Chief Ian Campbell and Len Pierre along with Elders, Indigenous cultural safety experts and many more to virtually share their wisdom, knowledge, and expertise to strengthen and support a system-wide, health-care transformation journey.


Check out the full descriptions in our Aboriginal Health Virtual Conference Program  

** Please note: We may have a last minute change to our program so keep watching for program changes.

What:  Aboriginal Health Virtual Conference

When: Wednesday, October 14 to Friday, October 16. See the program guide for exact times for each session.

Where: Zoom – link will be sent to participants closer to the date.


We have a limit of 500 spaces available for each session so in order to maximize attendance please register on a date and time you are sure to attend.​ Please register on Learning Hub. If you don't have a Learning Hub account, please email  A confirmation email will be sent once registered.

Medical Staff Q&A

The Medical Staff Q&A were generated during the Sept 22 Medical Staff forum. For a complete list of Q&A please visit:

Q: Currently, if a K-12 student has an isolated runny nose with no other symptoms, they are allowed to return to school after 24 hours if they feel well enough and no other symptoms develop. Does this also apply to preschool-aged children?

A: The detailed public health guidelines for K-12 are on the BCCDC website. Children with runny noses don’t require COVID-19 assessment and can go to school. There is a screening tool on the BCCDC website for parents that includes details of things to look for and indicates when children require testing, and when they can go back to school. The symptom list is more specific to COVID and does not include mild, non-specific symptoms like headache, sore throat or runny nose.
Children with only one symptom on the checklist can be monitored for 24 hours, and return to school if they improve, without testing needed. Any child who does need assessment and tests negative for COVID can return to school if symptoms have improved, even if not fully resolved. Guidelines for daycares are also on the BCCDC website and have been updated to be more consistent with the school guidelines.
October Virtual Medical Staff Forum: Back to School

Join us Monday, October 19 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Virtual Medical Staff Forum (Physicians, Midwives, Nurse Practitioners, Dentists).
Topic: Back-to-school
Speakers: Dr. Ross Brown, Dr. Patty Daly, Vivian Eliopoulos, Dr. Chad Kim Sing, Dr. Titus Wong & Dr. Annalee Yassi
We want to hear from you! Submit questions in advance on the Zoom registration page, Slack, or email 

Click here to register. 

Fall surge scrubs safety reminders 

As we head into the fall surge, we’d like to share tips to help keep you, your colleagues and patients safe.
Wearing your own scrubs?
Please arrive at work in clean clothes and change into your scrubs before your shift begins. After work, please place scrubs in a disposable plastic bag to bring home and launder in hot water. Please wear your clean clothes home.
Hospital-issued scrubs
If wearing hospital-issued scrubs, please remove scrubs and place in a soiled linen bag before you leave the hospital. Do not dispose of reusable fabric gowns and scrubs in biohazard bags — laundering effectively sanitizes gowns and scrubs from COVID-19 and other pathogens. Please do not take hospitals scrubs home.
Your health and safety is one our top priorities. Visit the VCH IPAC website for full guidelines on PPE, hand hygiene, dress code, and more.
Caring for you during COVID-19

We recognize the hard work and long hours you are all putting in during the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to make it easier for you to focus on providing the exceptional care that you do and support you in the demands of daily living as much as possible.
This week’s staff supports feature is self-care, including Employee Wellness (EFAP): New Employee Workshop Webinar Series (Cultivating Calm & Resilience) and Employee Discounts for your self-care plan.

Download the staff supports one-pager and help share the information with your colleagues. Visit VCH’s Staff Supports Intranet page for the latest updates, information and offers that support caring for you during COVID-19.
Congratulations to our high five contest winners from the Contract Management Office!

As part of VCH's high five contest, a high-fiver and their recipient will be selected each week to win a $25 gift card for helping to spread joy across the organization. This week, we are shining the spotlight on Jon Inns and Srishti Sarkar from the Contract Management Office within Legal Services.  Jon sent Srishti a high five for jumping in to learn a new application and creating amazing workflows for their team!

Read the full story here. 

Missed the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Listening and Learning series today? 

You can watch the session anytime using the link below. The panel today shared their personal experiences with race discrimination and racism, and discussed what could be done to address racism at VCH.


We encourage you to join the next session (part three of our listening and learning series) on Wednesday, October 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. where we will examine the DEI frameworks and strategies that can be implemented with the help of leaders 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.

Refer to the link above and in your calendar invite to join the session. No registration is required. Download the DEI Listening and Learning series poster​​ and help share the word with your colleagues.

Thank you for your continued engagement and we hope you will join us for the next session on October 21!

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

VCH and the VCH Physicians Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee would like to invite you to participate in an anonymous diversity survey. Why? Evidence indicates that when more equity and diversity in health care is achieved, medical staff experience greater career satisfaction, health and wellness, and a sense of solidarity with their profession while patients experience improved care and a more responsive and adaptable health care system.
The diversity survey aims to explore the diversity profile within our medical staff population, establish a baseline to build on and learn how to better support VCH medical staff. The collected information will help inform future policies, practices and interventions to improve diversity, equity and inclusion at VCH. 
The online survey will take no more than five to 10 minutes to complete, is voluntary and anonymous - no personal identifiable information is being collected.
There will be a draw each week for $25 coffee gift cards for those who complete the survey and enter the draw!  We hope to hear from all of you.

Take the survey here. 
Ethics review survey: Help us help you! 

At VCH, we care for everyone. That means ensuring we can support you, our patients, clients and families when faced with an ethical decision or issue.

To ensure we have the right ethics service model in place, we’re conducting a review of our internal Ethics Service so it better meets your needs and those of your patients.

Let us know what you’d like to see by October 18, 2020 and be entered to win prizes such as a VCH vest, scrubs, and gift cards!

Complete the survey today:
How to be kind to yourself

I would like to reflect upon one of Dr. Bonnie Henry’s mantras: to be kind. I would like to do this by reflecting upon being kind to ourselves.

Deepak Chopra has said,Awakening is not changing who you are. It is discarding who you are not."  I think Chopra’s statement is about being kind to ourselves. Often we can be harsh on ourselves when seeking to change our behaviours, thoughts or attitudes. Instead of discarding who we are not, we seek instead to discard parts of who we are. Let me explore this with you by sharing a story that I came across when studying counselling.

Years ago, when reading about neuro linguistic programming (I believe the book was Frogs into Princes by Richard Bandler and John Grinder), I came across a story about the authors leading a workshop on psychological growth. They were explaining their belief that no part of ourselves is ever against us, although some part of us might be misunderstood. One woman in the workshop group was very resistant to this notion and would not entertain even the slightest possibility that all parts of her were trying to work for her greater good. The main reason for her resistance to this notion was based in her experience of being a student doing her PhD years ago, and hearing a part of herself constantly generating the thought, “You aren’t going to make it to graduation, you aren’t going to make it." It was all she could do to keep up with her rigorous studies, and she really did not appreciate this part of herself sounding so negative.

The workshop leader kept asking her what good the part might have intended for her that she did not understand at the time. The woman remained resolute, repeatedly stating that this part only meant her harm. Finally, the leader said to her, "Okay, your conscious self is blocking the part from communicating to us what it was trying to do, so I am going to address that part of you directly instead of going through your conscious self." He then looked at the empty chair adjacent to the woman and said, "Okay, now I am asking you directly: what were you trying to do for her?"

At that moment the following words flew out of the woman’s mouth, "I was trying to motivate her." Apparently, the seemingly negative part was trying to get her to work harder on the massive amount of work required to complete her studies. Perhaps it was not the best motivational method, but the workshop leader’s contention that the part that was well intentioned was bolstered considerably by words that came directly from the woman herself.

To me, the above story fits well with the quote from Deepak Chopra about not needing to discard who you are in order to evolve. Even our seemingly negative parts have real value. Although parts of us may not yet have evolved as far as we would like, real psychological growth and true spiritual progress does not come by changing who we are, so much as it comes by accepting all our parts and discarding only that which is inauthentic about ourselves. We may indeed transform over time and this involves change but this transformation does not come by cutting off our authentic parts no matter how irritating they may seem.

Most of us have aspects of ourselves that we do not feel terribly proud of, but every part of an organism is designed to work for the benefit of the whole creature. Some of our parts may be outdated because they developed inside of us when we were young, but the intention of good is there. If we really wish to evolve we need to be kind to all our parts rather than fighting them or seeking to cut them off. Instead let us cast off the facades of the false selves that we pretend to be. All our real parts are worth honouring and trying to understand. So if parts of yourself are causing you some upset during this pandemic, try asking them to let you know what they want. Over time they will likely send you a message one way or another. Kindness begins with being kind to the whole of you. All parts of you are there for a reason.

Written by Doug Longstaffe, Profession Leader, Spiritual Care & Multifaith Services
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