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 28, 2021
IH WIDE – Interior Health (IH) has declared a COVID-19 outbreak in the central Okanagan due to significant increases in COVID-19 transmission, and is announcing measures to contain the outbreak. Effective tonight at midnight, Interior Health is placing a regional mandatory mask order for all public indoor spaces in the central Okanagan communities of Peachland, West Kelowna, Westbank First Nation, Kelowna and Lake Country. The order applies to individuals older than 12 years of age.
July 28, 2021
As of Wednesday, July 28, 2021, 80.9% (3,747,391) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 63.2% (2,931,128) have received their second dose. In addition, 81.8% (3,538,565) of all eligible adults in B.C. have received their first dose and 66.1% (2,857,809) have received their second dose.
July 28, 2021
With a Heat Warning issued yesterday by Environment Canada, advising of increasing temperatures this week, medical health officers for Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) remind residents to take precautions to protect themselves and each other from the heat.
July 28, 2021
IH WIDE – As heat continues to build in the Interior, rising temperatures will increase the potential for heat-related illnesses. Environment Canada has issued new warnings for areas of Interior Health. To review special weather advisories visit, https://weather.gc.ca/mainmenu/alert_menu_e.html
July 27, 2021
Communities across southern BC are facing another heat alert ahead of the August long weekend. The latest comes as many individuals are coping with the physical and emotional impacts of wildfires and evacuations, and air quality advisories.
July 27, 2021
IH WIDE – Interior Health (IH) has surpassed administering its millionth dose of COVID-19 vaccine throughout the Interior as the #journey2immunity campaign continues. “We are proud to report that IH has surpassed this incredible milestone, as we mark the Vax for B.C. campaign kick-off,” said Interior Health president and CEO Susan Brown. “We have made remarkable progress and we plan to keep going as we work to fight this challenging pandemic together.”
July 27, 2021
British Columbians are being asked to take precautions this week, as Environment Canada has issued another heat warning for most of the province. The extreme heat is predicted to last from Wednesday, July 28 to Saturday, July 31.
July 27, 2021
Fraser Health is pleased to share that the pediatrician group at Peace Arch Hospital are in the process of signing a new contract that will enable us to bolster our recruiting efforts for more pediatricians at that site. With our collective efforts, working with the provincial government and physician groups, we have secured pediatric coverage from August 9th to the end of 2021. Our efforts to recruit more pediatricians to Peace Arch Hospital will continue over the coming weeks and months and our goal is to fill vacant positions as quickly as possible. There will be a temporary maternity diversion at the site from July 30th to August 9th, during which maternity patients will be redirected to other hospitals in our region. This temporary diversion will not impact other health care services at Peace Arch Hospital.
July 27, 2021
Island Health’s mobile COVID-19 immunization clinic will be in Port Alberni this week on the next leg of an island-wide tour. In the coming weeks the Vax Van team will visit popular recreation and commercial areas in communities across the Island, making it more convenient than ever for anyone age 12+ to get their first dose of vaccine without an appointment. Find the Vax Van in Port Alberni: WEDNESDAY JULY 28: Canadian Tire, 3550 Johnston Road, 2-7 pm
July 27, 2021
Working with health authorities throughout British Columbia, the Province is making it easier than ever for people to get vaccinated with the launch of Vax for BC, the next step in the Province’s campaign to help as many eligible people as possible get vaccinated. “With more than 80% of eligible people in B.C. vaccinated with their first dose and more than 60% fully vaccinated, we have made tremendous progress in our vaccine rollout,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “The next few weeks is a great opportunity for everyone not yet fully vaccinated to take advantage of the number of Vax for BC opportunities throughout B.C.”

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 28, 2021

British Columbians can now access the updated BC Seniors’ Guide, a comprehensive tool that provides crucial information on health, housing, finances, community supports and more to help seniors continue living well.

July 28, 2021

As of Wednesday, July 28, 2021, 80.9% (3,747,391) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 63.2% (2,931,128) have received their second dose.

July 27, 2021

British Columbians are being asked to take precautions this week, as Environment Canada has issued another heat warning for most of the province.

July 27, 2021

As of Tuesday, July 27, 2021, 80.7% (3,742,081) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 62.3% (2,887,730) have received their second dose.

July 27, 2021

Working with health authorities throughout British Columbia, the Province is making it easier than ever for people to get vaccinated with the launch of Vax for BC, the next step in the Province’s campaign to help as many eligible people as possible get vaccinated.


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

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.

July 26, 2021

Distribution – British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, and possibly national. Recalling firm – McCormick Canada

July 26, 2021

Distribution – National. Recalling firm – Phoenicia Group Inc.

July 26, 2021

Distribution – Ontario. Recalling firm – Whole Foods Market

July 24, 2021

Distribution – Ontario. Recalling firm – Veg Pak Produce

July 23, 2021

Distribution – National. Recalling firm – Phoenicia Group 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 27, 2021

The recalled products do not meet the child-resistant packaging requirements for quick-skin bonding adhesives required by the Consumer Chemicals and Containers Regulations, 2001 under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act.

July 27, 2021

The rivet that attaches the ankle strap to the side of the sandal may detach posing a choking hazard.

July 26, 2021

The foam facial interface may cause skin irritation to the consumer that includes rashes, swelling, burning, itching, hives, and bumps.

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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