New Study Considers Rapid Testing for Urgent Surgical Patients

Royal Columbian Hospital is the first hospital in B.C. to utilize rapid testing for COVID-19 on patients requiring urgent, unscheduled surgery. The decision to move to rapid testing in addition to current testing and screening protocols comes after the Abbott ID NOW™ COVID-19 point-of-care molecular test was trialed on urgent surgical patients during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Extreme Heat Alert

Medical Health Officers from Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and Fraser Health (FH) are advising the public that as heat continues to build across the Lower Mainland, Environment Canada’s Heat Warning has now been escalated to an Extreme Heat Alert.