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 18, 2021
A new schedule for age cohorts to register ensures people know when it is their turn. To preserve system capacity, please wait until your age cohort is eligible to register: •Monday, April 19 – Registration opens for people aged 40 and up •Tuesday, April 20 – Registration opens for people aged 35 and up •Wednesday, April 21 – Registration opens for people aged 30 and up •Thursday, April 22 – Registration opens for people aged 25 and up •Friday, April 23 – Registration opens for people aged 18 and up
April 17, 2021
The risk of spring flooding is elevated in B.C. due to an above normal snowpack. The entire province faces risk, particularly in parts of the Interior and the North. British Columbians are urged to follow all directions of local authorities and take steps to prepare for the possibility of flooding.
April 16, 2021
ASHCROFT - Ashcroft and area residents are advised that due to temporary limited staffing availability, the emergency department (ED) at the Ashcroft Hospital and Community Health Care Centre will close overnight on the weekend, including from midnight tonight until tomorrow at 8 a.m. It will re-open at 8 a.m. Saturday and close again at 11 p.m. until 8 a.m. Sunday when it will open and remain open until 8 a.m. Monday.
April 16, 2021
Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, has released the following statement about British Columbia’s vaccine rollout: “We know how eager people are to be vaccinated. I am proud of B.C.’s rapid delivery of vaccines into people's arms, especially in our age-based, clinically extremely vulnerable and Indigenous vaccination campaigns. By the time new shipments of Pfizer arrived this week, we had utilized our existing supply. The same is true for Moderna.
April 16, 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 1,005 new cases, for a total of 117,080 cases in British Columbia. “There are 10,081 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, with 15,877 people under public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases. A further 105,291 people who tested positive have recovered.
April 15, 2021
Vancouver, BC- Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) continues to closely monitor COVID-19 cases in the Whistler community, as we do with all communities in our region. The reported cases continue to be among young adults who live and work in the Whistler community. The most common location for transmission continues to be in household settings and social gatherings. VCH encourages all 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 book a COVID-19 vaccination at www.vchcovid19vaccine.com.
April 14, 2021
Island Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH). Three patients have tested positive for COVID-19. The outbreak is limited to the High Intensity Rehab unit.
April 14, 2021
Vancouver, BC - Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) is now inviting all 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 book a Dose 1 COVID-19 vaccination.
April 13, 2021
Island Health has reported an increase in overdoses in the Greater Victoria area from opioids and stimulants, increased risk with both injection and inhalation.
April 13, 2021
The Province of British Columbia has formally extended the provincial state of emergency, allowing health and emergency management officials to continue to use extraordinary powers under the Emergency Program Act (EPA) to support the Province's COVID-19 pandemic response. The state of emergency is extended through the end of the day on April 27, 2021, to allow staff to take the necessary actions to keep British Columbians safe and manage immediate concerns and COVID-19 outbreaks.

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 19, 2021

People born in 1981 or before (40+) living in the following 13 communities will be invited to book their vaccine appointments at additional community clinics starting this week (April 19-23), following a change in the use of AstraZeneca:

April 19, 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 18, 2021

More than 1.8 million British Columbians will be invited to register for their COVID-19 vaccine in the week ahead as B.C.’s Get Vaccinated program moves forward.

April 16, 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 16, 2021

Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, has released the following statement about British Columbia’s vaccine rollout:


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 17, 2021

Distribution – Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and possibly national. Recalling firm – Federated Co-operatives Ltd.

April 14, 2021

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

April 14, 2021

Distribution – Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, and possibly national. Recalling firm – Nestlé Canada Inc.

April 13, 2021

Distribution – Ontario, Quebec. Recalling firm – Soline Trading Ltd.

April 10, 2021

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

April 18, 2021

Health Canada's sampling and evaluation program has determined that these lighters do not meet the Lighters Regulations in Canada and may pose a fire or burn hazard. Specifically the lighters:

April 15, 2021

SteriMax Inc. is recalling OrfenAce 100 mg tablets after testing identified a nitrosamine impurity above what is considered acceptable if the drug were to be taken over a lifetime. OrfenAce (a brand name for orphenadrine citrate) is an over-the-counter muscle relaxant used to relieve muscle spasms.

April 15, 2021

Apotex Inc. is recalling one lot of APO-Amitriptyline 10 mg tablets after testing identified levels of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) above what is considered acceptable if the drug were to be taken over a lifetime.

April 14, 2021

The black plastic caps covering the receptacles can come off when unplugging a cord from the unit, exposing the internal components and posing a risk of electric shock to the consumer.

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 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.

April 14, 2021

Weight control intentions and mental health among Canadian adolescents: a gender-based analysis of students in the COMPASS study; Children’s perceptions of a Centrally Procured School Food Program in southwestern Ontario, Canada; Cancer in Young People in Canada Data Tool: latest incidence rates and case counts; ... 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 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.

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