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

April 12, 2021
A new vaccine registration schedule will provide certainty for more than 1.3 million British Columbians aged 40 and older, as B.C.’s Get Vaccinated program moves forward. A new schedule for age cohorts to register ensures people know when it is their turn:
April 12, 2021
We have all heard the concerning news that case numbers are going back up in BC. Why is this happening now and how do we stay safe? A message from Dr. Helena Swinkels, Office of the Chief Medical Officer.
April 12, 2021
IH-Wide – Interior Health’s immunization program is rolling out across the region, much to the relief of many people searching for a “light at the end of the tunnel” during the pandemic. However, stress, isolation and anxiety continue to wear on people’s mental health.
April 12, 2021
Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, and Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the COVID-19 response in British Columbia: “Today, we are reporting on three periods. From April 9 to 10, we had 1,283 new cases. From April 10 to 11, we had 1,036 new cases and in the last 24-hours, we had a further 970 new cases. “This results in a total of 3,289 new cases, for a total of 112,829 cases in British Columbia.
April 11, 2021
Vancouver, BC - Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) invites Whistler adults 18 years of age and older who have not yet been vaccinated, and who have a primary residence in Whistler or who work in the Whistler community, to receive a COVID-19 vaccination starting on Apr. 12, 2021 over a two-week period.
April 10, 2021
Nearly one million British Columbians have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. The Province’s Get Vaccinated program is ramping up and is calling on everyone aged 60 and older to register.
April 9, 2021
Northern Health continues to closely monitor two declared outbreaks of COVID-19 at health care facilities in Prince Rupert. Enhanced outbreak control measures remain in place at Prince Rupert Regional Hospital, on the Patient Care Unit. To date, there have been three lab-confirmed cases among patients, and one staff case, in association with the outbreak declared by Medical Health Officers on March 28, 2021.
April 9, 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 Eagle Ridge Hospital in Port Moody.
April 9, 2021
Fraser Health is urging all people with even mild COVID-19 symptoms to be tested. Testing for the virus will help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and leads to rapid identification of cases and immediate isolation to prevent further transmission and prevent outbreaks.
April 8, 2021
After more than one year of the pandemic, public health experts across the province are again asking British Columbians to share their experiences.

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.

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.

August 7, 2020

October 1, 2020 - Final Update: Outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to red onions imported from the United States appears to be over.

June 17, 2020

New research shows asthma rates are falling, thanks to efforts by physicians to avoid prescribing antibiotics to young children, except when necessary.

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.

April 12, 2021

Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, and Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the COVID-19 response in British Columbia:

April 12, 2021

A new vaccine registration schedule will provide certainty for more than 1.3 million British Columbians aged 40 and older, as B.C.’s Get Vaccinated program moves forward.

April 10, 2021

Nearly one million British Columbians have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

April 9, 2021

Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, and Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the COVID-19 response in British Columbia:

April 9, 2021

People living in Langley will soon have better access to emergency services as construction of an expanded emergency department at Langley Memorial Hospital completes.


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

Drinking Water Quality and Advisories

Food Safety and Inspections

Influenza

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.

April 10, 2021

Distribution - Ontario. Recalling firm - Hayter's Turkey Products Inc.

April 8, 2021

Distribution – Quebec. Recalling firm – Goodfood Market Corp.

April 8, 2021

Distribution – Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Possibly National. Recalling firm – Tun Hau Enterprises (Canada) Ltd.

April 8, 2021

Distribution – Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Possibly National, Saskatchewan, Yukon. Recalling firm – Federated Co-Operatives Ltd.

April 6, 2021

Distribution - Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Saskatchewan, Yukon, Recalling firm - Federated Co-operatives 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.

April 11, 2021

The recalled products do not meet the labelling requirements and the child-resistant packaging requirements of the Consumer Chemicals and Containers Regulations, 2001 under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act.

April 11, 2021

The transceiver can switch modes unexpectedly, preventing the transceiver from transmitting a signal, resulting in no additional aid in the search and rescue process in the case of an avalanche.

April 8, 2021

The affected product may contain mould. In certain individuals, exposure to mould can result in allergic symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, wheezing, runny nose or nasal congestion, and watery eyes or itchy eyes.

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.

April 9, 2021

In Canada, no new cases of measles or rubella were reported in week 12, 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.

April 8, 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.

April 1, 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.

April 1, 2021

In Canada, no new cases of measles or rubella were reported in week 11, 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.

March 26, 2021

All indicators of influenza activity remain exceptionally low for this time of year, despite continued monitoring for influenza across 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.

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