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

October 15, 2021
As of Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, 89.0% (4,126,668) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 83.0% (3,848,689) received their second dose.
October 14, 2021
From: Northern Health (https://stories.northernhealth.ca/news-and-media/news) Northern Health (NH) is introducing new public health orders covering most of the NH region to manage COVID-19 activity. The Delta variant is leading to faster transmission and more severe outcomes for people in communities with lower vaccination rates, including younger people.
October 14, 2021
As of Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, 89.0% (4,123,354) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 82.9% (3,842,247) have received their second dose. In addition, 89.4% (3,867,728) of all eligible adults in B.C. have received their first dose and 83.6% (3,615,342) have received their second dose.
October 13, 2021
As of Tuesday, Oct. 12, all visitors to long-term care and assisted living homes will be required to show proof of vaccination with their BC Vaccine Card.
October 12, 2021
Island Health has declared an outbreak of COVID-19 at Tofino General Hospital after evidence of transmission on the inpatient unit.
October 9, 2021
CLEARWATER - Clearwater and area residents are advised of an additional temporary change to the emergency department hours of the Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital this weekend, due to unforeseen limited staffing availability.
October 9, 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.
October 8, 2021
Having a sick child can be stressful, but it helps to know when it’s time to seek emergency treatment.
October 7, 2021
University Hospital of Northern BC – Prince George is implementing full COVID-19 safety measures throughout the facility, in light of declared outbreaks on two inpatient units, and general rates of local COVID-19 activity. Enhanced outbreak control measures are already in place on the Primary Care Medical, and Internal Medicine Units in response to the two, unrelated outbreaks.
October 4, 2021
Northern Health public health continues to closely monitor a COVID-19 outbreak declared September 5, 2021 at Jubilee Lodge long-term care facility in Prince George. 20 residents and three staff have tested positive for COVID-19 in association with this outbreak, and four additional resident cases were epidemiologically linked due to exposure with a confirmed case.

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.

October 15, 2021

As of Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, 89.0% (4,126,668) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 83.0% (3,848,689) received their second dose.

October 15, 2021

Construction is underway to expand the emergency department at West Coast General Hospital to support improvements to patient care and privacy for people in the region.

October 14, 2021

From: Northern Health (https://stories.northernhealth.ca/news-and-media/news)

October 14, 2021

As of Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, 89.0% (4,123,354) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 82.9% (3,842,247) have received their second dose.

October 13, 2021

As of Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, 88.9% (4,120,063) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 82.7% (3,835,508) have 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.

October 14, 2021

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

October 13, 2021

Distribution – Ontario. Recalling firm – Canada Uncle Bill Group Inc.

October 13, 2021

Distribution – Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Possibly National, Saskatchewan. Recalling firm – Covic International Trading Inc.

October 13, 2021

Distribution – British Columbia. Recalling firm – Global Vegetarian Foods Corp.

October 4, 2021

Distribution – Quebec. Recalling firm – Distribution Alimentaire Tony

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.

October 14, 2021

Health Canada has determined that these lighters do not meet the requirements of the Lighters Regulations in Canada and may pose a fire or burn hazard. Specifically, the lighters:

October 14, 2021

Ombrelle Canada is recalling all lots of Ombrelle Garnier Complete Dry Mist Spray sunscreen, SPF30 and SPF 60, due to elevated levels of benzene. Frequent and long-term exposure (e.g., through the skin and by inhalation) to elevated levels of benzene may pose serious health risks.

October 13, 2021

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

October 13, 2021

The recalling firm is Canada Uncle Bill Group Inc..This product has been distributed in Retail.

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.

October 15, 2021

In week 40, influenza activity across Canada was exceptionally low with almost all regions reporting no influenza activity. For the past two weeks, all influenza indicators were at exceptionally low interseasonal levels. 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.

October 14, 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.

October 14, 2021

In Canada, no new cases of measles or rubella were reported in week 39, 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.

October 7, 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.

October 7, 2021

In Canada, no new cases of measles or rubella were reported in week 38, 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.

Is it an emergency?

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