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

February 26, 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. Note: today’s case information is provisional due to delayed updates in the lab reporting system.
February 26, 2021
KELOWNA – The following is an update about the Big White Mountain COVID-19 community cluster initially declared on Dec. 15, 2020.
February 26, 2021
Brady Pawlyshyn of Surrey tried a number of addiction treatment programs before finally finding the right place, where staff provided the care he needed.
February 25, 2021
NH Public Health continues to monitor an outbreak of COVID-19 at Acropolis Manor in Prince Rupert. To date, 33 residents and 23 staff have tested positive for COVID-19, and 14 residents have passed away in association with the outbreak.
February 25, 2021
Vancouver, BC- Based on epidemiological data, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) recorded a further reduction in COVID-19 transmission in Whistler compared to previous reporting periods.
February 23, 2021
Vancouver, B.C. – A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared on T14G and T11D, inpatient units in the Jim Pattison Pavilion at Vancouver General Hospital. This is in addition to T10C, which was placed on outbreak on Feb. 21. A total of 16 patients and 13 staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.
February 23, 2021
WILLIAMS LAKE–The COVID-19 community cluster in the Cariboo-Chilcotin local health area has been contained.
February 22, 2021
Squamish, B.C. – Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and Squamish Helping Hands, in partnership with the Sea to Sky Community Action Team (CAT), have opened an overdose prevention site (OPS) in Squamish in response to the increasing number of overdoses in this community.
February 22, 2021
COVID-19 vaccinations are a powerful tool against the spread of the COVID-19 virus – indeed, they're the only way we're going to end the pandemic. However, as life often teaches us, there is rarely just one solution to a difficult problem. And so it is with COVID-19.
February 22, 2021
To respond to increasing COVID-19 cases in our region, including variant cases, Fraser Health is implementing enhanced management strategies for case finding and contact management to help prevent transmission of COVID-19 and COVID-19 variants in our region.

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.

May 12, 2020

How has COVID-19 affected your life, your family and your future?

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.

February 26, 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:

February 26, 2021

Seniors will soon have improved access to home-style, long-term care, with construction underway on the new Dogwood Lodge in South Vancouver.

February 25, 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:

February 24, 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:

February 23, 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.

February 25, 2021

Distribution – British Columbia. Recalling firm – Amra Services Ltd. (DBA GluteNull)

February 23, 2021

Distribution – Alberta.Recalling firm – Soupin' It Up

February 23, 2021

Distribution – Alberta, British Columbia.Recalling firm – Happy Veggie World

February 18, 2021

Distribution – Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Yukon. Recalling firm – Save-On-Foods

February 18, 2021

Distribution – National. Recalling firm – Unbun Foods

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.

February 25, 2021

The shelves can fail to support the 800-pound weight load as stated on the packaging, posing an injury hazard to the consumer.

February 25, 2021

Some of the units in these lots may contain immediate containers that are not labelled. The exterior packaging is correctly labelled. There is a risk of accidental use of a high-potency cannabis product.

February 24, 2021

While opening and closing, the metal clip can break, releasing small parts that may pose a choking hazard to young children.

February 24, 2021

The recalling firm is Amra Services Ltd. (DBA GluteNull).This product has been distributed in Retail.

February 23, 2021

The candle holders may catch fire or burn during use which may lead to property damage and injury.

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.

February 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.

February 25, 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.

February 25, 2021

In Canada, no new cases of measles or rubella were reported in week 6, 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.

February 19, 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.

February 18, 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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