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

May 18, 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 411 new cases, including five epi-linked cases, for a total of 140,075 cases in British Columbia.
May 18, 2021
EAST KOOTENAY - Interior Health is making it easier for seniors and others in the East Kootenay region to access and navigate home and community care and chronic disease management services. Residents throughout the East Kootenay can now easily connect to health-care services in their community Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (MST) by calling 1-800-707-8550.
May 18, 2021
Vancouver, BC – As part of the B.C. COVID-19 Immunization Plan, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) will offer Pfizer or Moderna vaccinations by appointment-only at a new vaccination clinic at H.J. Cambie Secondary School, located at 4151 Jacombs Road in Richmond. The clinic will be open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on various dates between May 20 – June 5.
May 18, 2021
Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, is aligning the Emergency Program Act (EPA) order on face coverings with the provincial health officer’s (PHO) recently updated guidance on mask use in fitness facilities. As outlined in the PHO’s indoor individual exercise document, masks are now required to be worn at all times in fitness facilities, including during workouts.
May 18, 2021
SURREY – People in the Fraser Health region who are recovering from COVID-19 now have access to a second post-COVID-19 recovery clinic. Located at Abbotsford Regional Hospital, the clinic is designed to support patients who have symptoms that linger for several months.
May 16, 2021
A new partnership between the Province, City of Surrey and Fraser Health is creating new opportunities for people in Surrey to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
May 14, 2021
LAKE COUNTRY – Interior Health, the District of Lake Country and the Regional District of Central Okanagan are monitoring a large algae bloom on Wood Lake. While the bloom contains blue-green algae, testing indicates the risk to the public remains low. The water is considered safe for use. Visitors and residents are reminded not to drink or cook using untreated water directly from lakes, ponds or wetlands due to the risk of waterborne illness. Boiling the water will not remove any toxins from blue-green algae blooms.
May 14, 2021
IH WIDE – Interior Health’s #journey2immunity has reached the 385,000 dose milestone of COVID-19 vaccine administered throughout the Interior. Now, we call for local influencers to help get people registered for their COVID-19 vaccines as our #journey2immunity continues.
May 14, 2021
Now that the FNHA is starting to roll out second-dose vaccination clinics, many people are wondering whether they can return to their previous lives.
May 12, 2021
More than 50% of all eligible people in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Building on that momentum, Premier John Horgan is calling for everyone to register for vaccination and help friends, family and neighbours to do the same.

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.

May 18, 2021

People in Dawson Creek and the surrounding region are one step closer to a modern hospital, as three candidates have been shortlisted for the request for proposal (RFP).

May 17, 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:

May 17, 2021

Grace Lore, Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity, has issued the following statement recognizing the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia:

May 16, 2021

A new partnership between the Province, City of Surrey and Fraser Health is creating new opportunities for people in Surrey to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

May 14, 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:


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.

May 14, 2021

Distribution – Quebec, and possibly national. Recalling firm – --

May 12, 2021

Distribution – National. Recalling firm – New World Natural Foods Inc.

May 11, 2021

Distribution – Quebec, and British Columbia. Recalling firm – Les Dependances

May 10, 2021

Distribution - Alberta, British Columbia. Recalling firm - Jiva Manufacturing anf Distributing Inc.

May 10, 2021

Distribution - Ontario. Recalling firm - Farm Boy Company Inc.

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.

May 16, 2021

The bar chair did not pass the backrest durability testing as per UL4041, posing a fall hazard.

May 16, 2021

The legs on the stools can become unstable over time, posing a fall hazard.

May 16, 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.

May 13, 2021

The folding step stools may crack, break, or collapse unexpectedly when in use, 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.

May 14, 2021

In Canada, no new cases of measles or rubella were reported in week 17, 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.

May 13, 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.

May 12, 2021

A cross-sectional study of pain status and psychological distress among individuals living with chronic pain: the Chronic Pain & COVID-19 Pan-Canadian Study; Substance use classes and symptoms of anxiety and depression among Canadian secondary school students; Nimble, efficient and evolving: the rapid response of the National Collaborating Centres to COVID-19 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.

May 7, 2021

In Canada, no new cases of measles or rubella were reported in week 16, 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.

May 6, 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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