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

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. The report, released by the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC), summarizes how the pandemic has disrupted the lives of 18 to 29-year-olds across Canada, and outlines actions to help young adults recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
July 23, 2021
NELSON – Interior Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at the Nelson Jubilee Manor long-term care home.
July 23, 2021
As of Friday, July 23, 2021, 80.3% (3,723,154) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 58.1% (2,692,024) have received their second dose.
July 22, 2021
Beginning today, Island Health is making it easier than ever for people aged 12 and over to get their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, by bringing our custom Vax Van to popular destinations across Vancouver Island.
July 22, 2021
VANCOUVER, B.C. – After taking a spin on the AtmosFear and snacking on hot dogs and mini donuts, guests visiting Playland this Saturday can drop in to a Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) immunization clinic for COVID-19 vaccine. The one-day clinic — running from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 24 next to Playland's main entrance gate on Hastings Street — is the latest VCH clinic to take vaccine to meet people where they are, out enjoying the summer. No admission ticket to Playland is needed to access the clinic.
July 22, 2021
BCCDC says to take precautions if you are harvesting shellfish in B.C. waters this summer. The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) is warning shellfish harvesters to check the Shellfish Harvesting map before digging for clams, or collecting mussels and other shellfish to prevent serious illness.
July 21, 2021
Living through a pandemic is stressful and it is normal to feel worried or anxious. In response to COVID-19, the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) has developed the Mental Health and Wellness Toolkit for COVID-19, which includes fact sheets designed to help support the mental health and wellness of Indigenous people during this time.
July 21, 2021
SICAMOUS – Interior Health is proactively relocating care home residents within the Wise Man Creek wildfire evacuation alert zone.
July 20, 2021
The vaccination rate of the Indigenous population in BC is much lower than the overall provincial rate, raising concerns about protection from the highly infectious Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus as pandemic restrictions ease.
July 20, 2021
The B.C. government is declaring a provincial state of emergency to support the provincewide response to the ongoing wildfire situation.

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.

July 23, 2021

As of Friday, July 23, 2021, 80.3% (3,723,154) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 58.1% (2,692,024) have received their second dose.

July 23, 2021

People in the Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) region are benefiting from improved access to meet their medical imaging needs with the purchase of a private MRI clinic in their community.

July 22, 2021

As of Thursday, July 22, 2021, 80.2% (3,717,929) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 56.9% (2,636,377) have received their second dose.

July 21, 2021

As of Wednesday, July 21, 2021, 80.1% (3,711,930) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 55.6% (2,577,909) have received their second dose.

July 21, 2021

People living in Victoria, Saanich and Oak Bay will benefit from the Province’s transformation of everyday health care for people, with the establishment of four primary care networks (PCN) and the province’s largest urgent and primary care centre (UPCC).


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

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

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.

July 21, 2021

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

July 20, 2021

Distribution – Alberta, British Columbia. Recalling firm – 2032271 Alberta Ltd.

July 18, 2021

Distribution – British Columbia, Alberta, and Manitoba. Recalling firm – Seoul Trading Corp.

July 16, 2021

Distribution – Quebec. Recalling firm – Fruiterie Milano Inc.

July 15, 2021

Distribution – Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec. Recalling firm – New World Natural Foods 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.

July 27, 2021

The dehumidifiers can overheat, posing a fire hazard.

July 20, 2021

In affected units, a soldering issue could allow the housing of the battery to become loose, causing the wire to short and conduct heat. This could result in possible shorting, bulging and overheating of the battery, posing a burn hazard to consumers.

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.

July 22, 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.

July 22, 2021

In Canada, no new cases of measles or rubella were reported in week 27, 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.

July 16, 2021

In Canada, no new cases of measles or rubella were reported in week 26, 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.

July 15, 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.

July 9, 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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