Public Health Alerts

Health alerts such as outbreaks, boil water advisories and product recalls can come from various trusted sources throughout the Province of British Columbia, in your local Health Authority area, and right across Canada. This section of our website brings together all of these alerts in one location.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

To learn more about the coronavirus, symptoms, how it spreads and prevention visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health feature.

We have highlighted the most recent alerts from all regions and sources in British Columbia, to ensure you have quick access to the latest public information that may affect you and your family. For food recalls, medication and product recalls, and allergy alerts issues by Government of Canada agencies, visit the Across Canada tab. For information on air quality, forest fires, food inspections and water quality advisories, visit the In Your Area tab.

Most Recent Alerts

September 26, 2021
Northern Health Medical Health Officers have declared a COVID-19 outbreak on the Primary Care Medical Unit (PCMU) at the University Hospital of Northern BC (UHNBC) in Prince George, following lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 among patients and staff.
September 24, 2021
Today, Fraser Health is providing the following information about COVID-19 in our region: Acute: Fraser Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak over at Chilliwack General Hospital.
September 24, 2021
VANCOUVER, B.C. – Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Cooper Place, after six residents and one staff have tested positive for COVID-19 at the facility. One resident has since passed away.
September 24, 2021
As of Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, 87.5% (4,053,738) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 80.0% (3,709,554) received their second dose.
September 23, 2021
SURREY – Fraser Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Promontory Heights Elementary School in Chilliwack after 20 COVID-19-positive cases were identified among staff and students.
September 22, 2021
Northern Health - Ongoing monitoring and testing has identified additional COVID-19 cases associated with an outbreak declared by NH Medical Health Officers on August 16, 2021, among contracted workforces on the Site C hydroelectric dam project in Northeast BC.
September 19, 2021
Island Health’s outbreak response has identified two cases of COVID-19 at Victoria Chinatown Care Centre Long-Term Care, declaring an outbreak.
September 17, 2021
ASHCROFT - Ashcroft and area residents are advised of a temporary change to the emergency department (ED) hours at the Ashcroft Hospital and Community Health Care Centre this weekend.
September 16, 2021
ARMSTRONG - Interior Health is advising anyone who attended a Sept. 6 grad party event in Armstrong that they may have been exposed to COVID-19. Individuals who were at this event are asked to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and to get tested if they begin to exhibit symptoms.
September 16, 2021
Ongoing monitoring and testing has identified additional COVID-19 cases associated with the outbreak declared September 5, 2021 for Jubilee Lodge.

The BC Centre for Disease Control and BC Ministry of Health issue province-wide public health alerts on issues that can affect the health of you and your family.

BC Centre for Disease Control

The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) is the provincial public health centre responsible for protecting and enhancing the health of all British Columbians through communicable disease prevention. Below are the current communicable disease-related public health alerts made public by the BCCDC.

July 23, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the lives of people, aged 18 to 29, in ways that could have long-term impacts for young adults and the B.C. community as a whole, according to a new report.

June 8, 2021

More than one million kits containing the lifesaving medication naloxone, used to reverse opioid overdoses, have been shipped to registered sites throughout the province since the inception of the Take Home Naloxone program in 2012.

December 23, 2020

Whole genome sequencing was performed by the BC Centre for Disease Control Public Health Laboratory and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease Laboratory.

Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health works with health authorities, health care providers, agencies and other organizations to guide and improve the Province's health services to ensure that British Columbians are supported in their efforts to maintain and better their health. Below is the latest public health-related news released by the Ministry of Health.

September 25, 2021

Starting Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, the BC Vaccine Card will be the only acceptable proof of vaccination for British Columbians to enjoy certain businesses and recreational events safely.

September 24, 2021

As of Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, 87.5% (4,053,738) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 80.0% (3,709,554) received their second dose.

September 24, 2021

All COVID-19 patients in B.C. who require any form of hospital care are counted as one case in daily totals when they first enter a facility.

September 23, 2021

As of Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, 87.3% (4,046,960) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 79.9% (3,701,696) received their second dose.

September 22, 2021

As of Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, 87.1% (4,038,966) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 79.7% (3,692,922) received their second dose.


Each of the health authorities in the Province are responsible for providing current public health information to the people who live in that region. We have divided this section into topics with links to provincial and health authority specific information. These links will help you access the information that affects the community you live in.

Air Quality

Cooling Centres

EmergencyInfoBC has a list of cooling centres that can provide protection from heat-related illness during hot summer weather.

If your local community is not listed, please call your local municipality or check their website to see where there are air conditioned cooling centres for those who need them.

COVID-19

For information about COVID-19 from your local health authority, see:

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics

COVID-19 Public Exposures

COVID-19 School Exposures

Hospital Visiting Guidelines

Drinking Water Quality and Advisories

Food Safety and Inspections

Health Authority News Releases

For latest updates from your Health Authority, see:

Influenza

Mental Health and Substance Use

Issues such as food recalls, medication and product recalls, and allergy alerts can affect more than one province in Canada. Here we have provided quick access to public health alerts made public by the Public Health Agency of Canada, Healthy Canadians and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

In Canada, most food recalls are coordinated by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Depending on the level of risk, the CFIA will issue a warning to the public. Below are the latest recalls issued by the CFIA.

September 23, 2021

Distribution – Ontario. Recalling firm – European Butcher.

September 23, 2021

Distribution – Quebec. Recalling firm – Unisoya.

September 18, 2021

Distribution – Ontario. Recalling firm – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the Ministry of Health (Ontario)

September 16, 2021

Distribution – Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario. Recalling firm – Global Vegetarian Foods Corp.

September 16, 2021

Distribution – Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan. Recalling firm – Erie Meat Products Ltd.

Healthy Canadians

Healthy Canadians is a Government of Canada initiative that aims to keep you informed about issues related to health and safety. It is a joint initiative between Health Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada, Transport Canada, Public Safety Canada, and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Healthy Canadians provides information about recalls and alerts for health products, consumer products, food, and vehicles. Below are the latest recalls and alerts provided by Healthy Canadians.

September 24, 2021

Eli Lilly Canada Inc. is recalling one lot of Glucagon (D239382A, expiry May 10, 2022), following a complaint that a vial from this lot was found to be in liquid form rather than powder form. Glucagon normally comes in a powder form with accompanying diluting solution, and should be used immediately after mixing. Other vials in the lot may be affected.

September 22, 2021

Infants can suffocate if they roll, move, or are placed on the lounger in a position that obstructs breathing, or roll off the lounger onto an external surface, such as an adult pillow or soft bedding, that obstructs breathing.

September 22, 2021

ClickerTM X HB step-in snowboard bindings metal retaining clip may fracture during use. This could result in a user separating from the bindings, posing a fall hazard.

Public Health Agency of Canada

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) helps to protect the health and safety of all Canadians. Its activities focus on preventing chronic diseases, preventing injuries, and responding to public health emergencies and infectious disease outbreaks. Below are the latest health updates provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

September 24, 2021

In Canada, no new cases of measles or rubella were reported in week 36, 2021 Material on this Web site was produced and/or compiled by the Public Health Agency of Canada for the purpose of providing Canadians with direct access to information about the Government of Canada.

September 23, 2021

The Respiratory Virus Detection Surveillance System collects data from select laboratories across Canada on the number of tests performed and the number of tests positive for influenza and other respiratory viruses. Data are reported on a weekly basis year-round to the Centre for Immunization and Respiratory Infectious Diseases (CIRID), Public Health Agency of Canada. These data are also summarized in the weekly FluWatch report. Material on this Web site was produced and/or compiled by the Public Health Agency of Canada for the purpose of providing Canadians with direct access to information about the Government of Canada.

September 22, 2021

Access to mental health for Black youths in Alberta; Changes in alcohol consumption during the COVID-19 pandemic: exploring gender differences and the role of emotional distress; Alcohol use during pregnancy and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder in Canada: who, what, where?; Prevalence of alcohol use among women of reproductive age in Canada. Material on this Web site was produced and/or compiled by the Public Health Agency of Canada for the purpose of providing Canadians with direct access to information about the Government of Canada.

September 17, 2021

In Canada, no new cases of measles or rubella were reported in week 35, 2021 Material on this Web site was produced and/or compiled by the Public Health Agency of Canada for the purpose of providing Canadians with direct access to information about the Government of Canada.

September 16, 2021

The Respiratory Virus Detection Surveillance System collects data from select laboratories across Canada on the number of tests performed and the number of tests positive for influenza and other respiratory viruses. Data are reported on a weekly basis year-round to the Centre for Immunization and Respiratory Infectious Diseases (CIRID), Public Health Agency of Canada. These data are also summarized in the weekly FluWatch report. Material on this Web site was produced and/or compiled by the Public Health Agency of Canada for the purpose of providing Canadians with direct access to information about the Government of Canada.

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