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

September 20, 2021
As of Monday, Sept. 20, 2021, 86.8% (4,024,302) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 79.4% (3,679,181) received their second dose.
September 19, 2021
Island Health’s outbreak response has identified two cases of COVID-19 at Victoria Chinatown Care Centre Long-Term Care, declaring an outbreak.
September 17, 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.
September 16, 2021
ARMSTRONG - Interior Health is advising anyone who attended a Sept. 6 grad party event in Armstrong that they may have been exposed to COVID-19. Individuals who were at this event are asked to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and to get tested if they begin to exhibit symptoms.
September 16, 2021
Ongoing monitoring and testing has identified additional COVID-19 cases associated with the outbreak declared September 5, 2021 for Jubilee Lodge.
September 15, 2021
Fraser Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Terrace East in Abbotsford. Two residents have tested positive for COVID-19. Terrace East is an assisted living facility that is owned and operated by the Mennonite Benevolent Society. The two residents are currently in self-isolation at their homes.
September 15, 2021
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced Monday, Sept. 13 that COVID-19 vaccinations will soon be mandatory for all health workers in BC. Dr. Henry also said optional third doses of the vaccines would be offered to people who are extremely immune compromised.
September 14, 2021
As of Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, 86.0% (3,985,159) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 78.5% (3,638,404) have received their second dose.
September 14, 2021
Fraser Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Westminster House in Surrey. Three staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.
September 13, 2021
IH-WIDE – Interior Health is updating COVID-19 regional medical health officer orders to make it possible for larger events to go ahead in the Interior, as long as participants show proof of full vaccination.

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.

September 20, 2021

As of Monday, Sept. 20, 2021, 86.8% (4,024,302) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 79.4% (3,679,181) received their second dose.

September 20, 2021

Outpatient care has improved for people in Trail and surrounding communities with the opening of the new ambulatory care wing at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital (KBRH) on Sept. 20, 2021.

September 17, 2021

As of Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, 86.5% (4,008,076) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 78.9% (3,659,495) have received their second dose.

September 16, 2021

As of Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, 86.3% (3,998,779) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 78.8% (3,652,033) received their second dose.

September 15, 2021

As of Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021, 86.1% (3,991,888) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 78.6% (3,644,716) 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.

September 18, 2021

Distribution – Ontario. Recalling firm – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the Ministry of Health (Ontario)

September 16, 2021

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

September 16, 2021

Distribution – Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan. Recalling firm – Erie Meat Products Ltd.

September 15, 2021

Distribution – Alberta, British Columbia. Recalling firm – Covic International Trading Inc.

September 9, 2021

Distribution – British Columbia. Recalling firm – Westview Bakery

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.

September 15, 2021

Health Canada's sampling and evaluation program project has revealed that multiple IPPINKA charcoal products do not meet the warning label requirements under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA). The CCPSA requires warning labels be in both English and French. The IPPINKA Binchotan Lump Charcoal products are missing the English and French warning labels.

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.

September 17, 2021

In Canada, no new cases of measles or rubella were reported in week 35, 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.

September 16, 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.

September 10, 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.

September 10, 2021

In Canada, no new cases of measles or rubella were reported in week 34, 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.

September 3, 2021

Despite continued monitoring for influenza across Canada, there was no evidence of community circulation of influenza throughout the 2020-2021 surveillance season. Based on historical trends, influenza is expected to remain at interseasonal levels for the beginning weeks of the 2021-2022 season. 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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