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

November 30, 2020
Fraser Health has declared an outbreak, and a Fraser Health rapid response team is at the site. Communication with residents and families is underway. Fleetwood Villa is an assisted living and independent living facility in Surrey that is owned and operated by Revera. The resident is currently in self-isolation at their home.
November 30, 2020
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 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia:“Today, we are reporting on three 24-hour periods. From Nov. 27 to 28, we had 750 new cases. From Nov. 28 to 29, we had 731 new cases and in the last 24 hours, we have had a further 596 new cases. “We are also reporting 277 historical cases from the Fraser Health region, reconciling a data lag from earlier this month. This represents 2,354 new cases of COVID-19, including 10 epi-linked cases, for a total of 33,238 cases in British Columbia."
November 30, 2020
KELOWNA – Interior Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Mountainview Village long-term care home after conducting a thorough public health investigation. The outbreak applies to both east and west units on the second floor.
November 29, 2020
Island Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Veterans Memorial Lodge long-term care home located in Victoria. One staff member has tested positive for COVID-19 to date. Communication with residents, families and staff is underway.
November 27, 2020
Fraser Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak over at Kiwanis Care Centre, a long term care facility in New Westminster.
November 27, 2020
Fraser Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Newton Elementary School in Surrey after 16 COVID-19-positive cases were identified.
November 27, 2020
Fraser Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak over at Kiwanis Care Centre, a long term care facility in New Westminster. With the implementation of comprehensive strategies to prevent and respond to COVID-19 in care facilities, there are no longer any COVID-19 cases at this location. Two staff members at Morgan Place have tested positive for COVID-19. Fraser Health has declared an outbreak, and our rapid response team is at the site. Communication with residents and families is underway.
November 27, 2020
On November 19, 2020, Northern Health Public Health declared a COVID-19 outbreak at the LNG Canada Project Site in Kitimat, BC, where JGC Fluor (JFJV) is the prime contractor, after finding evidence of COVID-19 transmission among staff working at this location. As of Friday, November 27th, 43 employees associated with this outbreak have tested positive for COVID-19, an increase of two since the November 23rd update.
November 27, 2020
Northern Health, on behalf of our staff and physicians, is reminding residents to adhere to the new provincial health orders and guidelines as we experience growing COVID-19 activity.
November 26, 2020
SURREY – Fraser Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak over at Peace Portal Seniors Village, a long term care facility in Surrey that is owned and operated by Retirement Concepts.

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.

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?

November 8, 2019

​More than 50,000 kits containing the life-saving medication naloxone have been used to reverse opioid overdoses in B.C.


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.

November 28, 2020

Distribution - Ontario. Recalling firm - Kawartha Dairy Limited.

November 27, 2020

Distribution - Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick and may have been distributed in other Atlantic provinces. Recalling firm - Vegpro International.

November 27, 2020

Distribution - Ontario. Recalling firm - Metro Ontario Inc.

November 26, 2020

Distribution - Ontario, Quebec. Recalling firm - Vegpro International.

November 26, 2020

Distribution - New Brunswick, Ontario, Possibly National, Quebec. Recalling firm - Vegpro International.

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.

November 26, 2020

The recalled product does not meet the child-resistant packaging nor the labelling requirements for consumer chemical products required by the Consumer Chemicals and Containers Regulations, 2001, under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act.

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.

November 27, 2020

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.

November 27, 2020

In Canada, no new cases of measles or rubella were reported in week 46, 2020. 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.

November 20, 2020

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.

November 19, 2020

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.

November 13, 2020

As of surveillance week 40 to 43, between January 1 and October 24, 2020, eighty-six human cases of West Nile virus in Canada have been reported to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). Forty WNV-positive birds, and 198 WNV-positive mosquito pools have also been reported. 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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