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

January 15, 2021
KELOWNA – Interior Health has identified 13 additional cases of COVID-19 linked to the Big White Mountain community cluster. The total number of cases identified to date is 175.
January 15, 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 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia: “Today, we are reporting 509 new cases, including nine epi-linked cases, for a total of 60,117 cases in British Columbia."
January 15, 2021
Today, Fraser Health is providing the following information regarding COVID-19 in our region: Long term care and assisted living COVID-19 vaccine By end of the day today, Fraser Health will have completed COVID-19 vaccination clinics in all 151 long term care and assisted living facilities in our region.
January 13, 2021
KAMLOOPS – Interior Health has declared an outbreak at Brocklehurst Gemstone Care Centre, a long-term care home.
January 13, 2021
Williams Lake – Interior Health (IH) has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Cariboo Memorial Hospital.
January 13, 2021
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January 13, 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 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia: “Today, we are reporting 519 new cases, including six epi-linked cases, for a total of 59,072 cases in British Columbia. “There are 4,810 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. There are 360 individuals currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 76 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.
January 12, 2021
KELOWNA – Interior Health has identified an additional 19 cases of COVID-19 linked to the Big White Mountain community cluster. The total number of cases identified to date is 162.
January 12, 2021
KELOWNA - Interior Health has made it easier for people living within the Interior Health region to find the community mental health and substance use (MHSU) supports they need with the expansion of an easy-to-remember phone number: 310-MHSU (6478).
January 11, 2021
CANIM LAKE–Interior Health has identified increased COVID-19 activity throughout the100 Mile House region and has declared a COVID-19 outbreak due to rapid spread in the community of Canim Lake.

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.

January 14, 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 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia:

January 13, 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 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia:

January 12, 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 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia:

January 11, 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 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia:

January 8, 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 novel coronavirus (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.

January 16, 2021

Distribution – British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, and possibly national. Recalling firm – Amy's Kitchen Inc.

January 15, 2021

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

January 14, 2021

Distribution – Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Saskatchewan.Recalling firm – Hwa Joo Dang Enterprises Ltd.

January 14, 2021

Distribution – Ontario. Recalling firm – Dolson Marketing Inc.

January 14, 2021

Distribution – Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta, and British Columbia. Recalling firm – Industry

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.

January 14, 2021

The connection between the power supply module and the output cord can be loose, causing the electrical connections to overheat, posing a fire hazard.

January 14, 2021

The lithium-ion battery inside the timer can burn due to overheating, posing a fire hazard.

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.

January 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.

January 13, 2021

In Canada, no new cases of measles or rubella were reported in week 53, 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.

January 13, 2021

Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada: Research, Policy and Practice (the HPCDP Journal) is a bilingual, peer-reviewed scientific journal of the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Branch. 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.

January 8, 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.

January 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.

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