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Provincial health-care preparedness

Provincial health-care preparedness

The Ministry of Health has provided guidance to retail food and grocery stores operating during COVID-19

Kindergarten to grade 12 schools are suspended indefinitely.

  • Planning is underway to provide ongoing education even while classes are suspended.
  • Every student will receive a final mark.
  • A decision on when and how to return will be made in partnership with school districts and independent schools.

On March 16, all B.C. health authorities were directed to immediately move all hospitals to Outbreak Response Phase 2.

  • This means hospitals will undertake only urgent and emergency procedures and will postpone all non-urgent scheduled surgeries.
  • Hospitals will review operating-room capacity daily to prioritize urgent and emergency cases.

The B.C. government has worked with the College of Pharmacists to advise pharmacies to provide patients with a prescription refill or an emergency supply of their medications if needed.

  • This will give physicians more time to care for patients with acute care needs.
  • Please respect this temporary arrangement and remember there is no need to stockpile medication.

To make more physicians available for British Columbians, the government is compensating physicians for providing virtual-care services.

  • The province has also requested all health regulators to begin emergency registration of non-practising or retired health-care professionals, including professionals from other jurisdictions and the armed forces.

Visitors to long-term care will be restricted to essential visits only.

  • Essential visits include compassionate visits for end-of-life care and visits that support care plans for residents based on resident and family needs, for example, families who routinely visit to provide assistance with feeding or mobility.

BC Housing has created an information page for COVID-19