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

April 22, 2021
Island Health is urging people to use strategies to stay safer when using drugs. Due to the toxic drug supply, there is currently an increase in overdoses across the Island.
April 22, 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 COVID-19 response in British Columbia: “Today, we are reporting 1,006 new cases, for a total of 122,757 cases in British Columbia. “There are 8,733 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, with 12,846 people under public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases. A further 112,235 people who tested positive have recovered.
April 21, 2021
WOOD LAKE – A potentially harmful algal bloom has been observed on Wood Lake. While most algal blooms are harmless, some species have the potential to produce toxins that can be harmful to humans.
April 21, 2021
Vancouver, BC- Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) has recorded a reduction in COVID-19 transmission in the Whistler community compared to recent weeks.
April 21, 2021
Vancouver, BC – As part of the B.C. COVID-19 Immunization Plan for priority neighbourhoods, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) will offer targeted vaccinations to people 40 years of age and older who reside in Squamish. Based on recent data, Squamish was identified as a high-priority community and this program will provide additional protection from serious illness and hospitalization for those aged 40 and older in these communities.
April 21, 2021
A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared in two houses at Mount St. Mary long-term care home in Victoria, and additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified related to the outbreak at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH).
April 21, 2021
BC Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has extended the existing “circuit breaker" through to the end of the May long weekend, until midnight on May 25, and has introduced new travel restrictions aimed at stopping the continuing rise of COVID-19 cases.
April 20, 2021
Overdose Advisory-There is an increase in overdoses in the Campbell River area from opioids and stimulants, increased risk with both injection and inhalation.
April 20, 2021
Overdose Advisory-There is an increase in overdoses in Nanaimo from opioids and stimulants, increased risk with both injection and inhalation.
April 20, 2021
Fraser Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Surrey Memorial Hospital after evidence of transmission in a medicine unit.

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.

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.

April 21, 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 COVID-19 response in British Columbia:

April 20, 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 COVID-19 response in British Columbia:

April 19, 2021

People born in 1981 or before (40+) living in the following 13 communities will be invited to book their vaccine appointments at additional community clinics starting this week (April 19-23), following a change in the use of AstraZeneca:

April 19, 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 COVID-19 response in British Columbia:

April 18, 2021

More than 1.8 million British Columbians will be invited to register for their COVID-19 vaccine in the week ahead as B.C.’s Get Vaccinated program moves forward.


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.

April 19, 2021

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

April 19, 2021

Distribution - Alberta, British Columbia. Recalling firm - Weston Foods.

April 19, 2021

Distribution – British Columbia. Recalling firm – Jiva Manufacturing & Distribution Inc.

April 17, 2021

Distribution – Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and possibly national. Recalling firm – Federated Co-operatives Ltd.

April 14, 2021

Distribution – Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Saskatchewan, and Yukon. Recalling firm – Federated Co-Operatives Ltd.

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.

April 21, 2021

Health Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada have conducted a joint screening assessment of talc under the Chemicals Management Plan. The final screening assessment, based on the latest scientific evidence, concludes that certain uses of talc may be harmful to human health. Specifically, talc may be harmful to lungs when inhaling certain loose talc powder products, and it is associated with ovarian cancer when using certain self-care products containing talc in the female genital area.

April 20, 2021

This lot was labelled incorrectly – the values of cannabinoids indicated on the label are lower than the actual values in the product.

April 19, 2021

The foot switch may overheat, posing a fire hazard.

April 19, 2021

Oven mitt may melt or catch on fire when in contact with high heat, posing a burn and fire hazard.

April 19, 2021

Church & Dwight Canada Corp. is recalling certain lots of L’il Critters Gummy Vites children’s vitamins, as well as vitafusion Fibre Well and vitafusion MultiVites vitamins for adults, because certain lots may contain metal wire fragments. The affected lots were manufactured within a specific four-day period between October 29 and November 3, 2020. The products were distributed nationally.

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.

April 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.

April 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.

April 14, 2021

Weight control intentions and mental health among Canadian adolescents: a gender-based analysis of students in the COMPASS study; Children’s perceptions of a Centrally Procured School Food Program in southwestern Ontario, Canada; Cancer in Young People in Canada Data Tool: latest incidence rates and case counts; ... 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.

April 9, 2021

In Canada, no new cases of measles or rubella were reported in week 12, 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.

April 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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