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 26, 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 407 new cases, including three epi-linked cases, for a total of 65,234 cases in British Columbia."
January 26, 2021
Northern Health is advising of a potential exposure to COVID-19, at Active Support Against Poverty (1188 6th Avenue) in Prince George, between January 19 and 21, 2021. Public health officials are asking people who visited the shelter during this time period, to take extra care to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 until February 5, 2021 (14 days from the last date of possible exposure).
January 25, 2021
Ongoing monitoring and testing of staff and residents at Acropolis Manor in Prince Rupert has identified additional lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19. NH Medical Health Officers declared a facility outbreak on January 19, 2021, following lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 among staff and residents.
January 25, 2021
Ongoing monitoring and testing of staff and residents at Acropolis Manor in Prince Rupert has identified additional lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19. NH Medical Health Officers declared a facility outbreak on January 19, 2021, following lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 among staff and residents.
January 24, 2021
Today, Fraser Health is providing the following information about COVID-19 in our region.
January 23, 2021
Island Health has declared an outbreak of COVID-19 at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH). Two staff members and one patient have tested positive for COVID-19. The outbreak at NRGH is limited to the East Wing of the Fourth floor.
January 23, 2021
Outbreaks declared over at Abbotsford and Surrey long term care locations. Today, Fraser Health is sharing the following information about COVID-19 outbreaks in our region.
January 23, 2021
Island Health’s outbreak response has identified one additional case of COVID-19 related to the outbreak which was declared at Chartwell Malaspina Care Residence long-term care home in Nanaimo.
January 22, 2021
Northern Health, the First Nations Health Authority and the Government of Yukon are pleased to announce the first COVID-19 immunization clinics in Atlin, BC are scheduled for the January 27th and January 28th, 2021, thanks to the generous support of the territorial and provincial governments.
January 22, 2021
Fraser Health declares COVID-19 outbreaks over at Queen’s Park Care Centre and Good Samaritan Delta View Care Centre; declares outbreaks at Royal Columbian Hospital and North Fraser Pretrial Services Centre

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 21, 2021

Distribution – Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Alberta, and possibly national. Recalling firm – Clover Leaf Seafoods Corp.

January 20, 2021

Distribution – British Columbia. Recalling firm – Waisee Trading Co. Ltd.

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.

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 21, 2021

The recalled products contain a mechanical defect whereby the auto turn-off mechanism can fail. This results in continuous battery engagement, generating excessive heat in the device which in turn can cause the plastic shell of the pen to melt.

January 21, 2021

Atoms F.D. Inc. is recalling various 0.3% benzalkonium chloride hand sanitizers labelled as “Anti-Microbe” and/or with the Drug Identification Number (DIN) 02248351 because they contain a higher concentration of benzalkonium chloride than permitted for personal or domestic (i.e., home) use and may pose health risks, particularly to children up to 12 years of age.

January 20, 2021

The recalled products may have the presence of the microorganism Pluralibacter gergoviae. Pluralibacter gergoviae rarely causes serious infections in healthy individuals. Individuals with weakened immune systems, who suffer from a serious pre-existing condition, who have been treated surgically, or belong to another sensitive group of persons are at an increased risk of infection if they use the contaminated product.

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 22, 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 21, 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 21, 2021

In Canada, no new cases of measles or rubella were reported in week 1, 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.

January 15, 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 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.

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