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

October 21, 2021
The BC Children’s Hospital Emergency Department (ED) is seeing more respiratory viruses than usual and we’re just starting to see the beginning of the predicted rise in respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV.
October 21, 2021
As of Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, 89.4% (4,141,865) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 83.8% (3,883,585) received their second dose. In addition, 89.8% (3,884,354) of all eligible adults in B.C. have received their first dose and 84.4% (3,652,493) received their second dose. B.C. is reporting 715 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 200,249 cases in the province.
October 20, 2021
Imagine feeling mildly ill for a day or two. Now imagine becoming so sick that you require extended time on a ventilator and risk permanent damage to vital organs like your lungs and heart. If you had the choice between those two illnesses, which would you pick?
October 19, 2021
On Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, full vaccination for everyone born in 2009 or earlier (12+) and presentation of your BC Vaccine Card will be required to access certain events, services and businesses.
October 19, 2021
With no signs of influenza last year, British Columbians may have lower than usual immunity against the influenza virus this year. Getting a flu shot can help protect you and your loved ones from a serious illness.
October 19, 2021
People in British Columbia are being encouraged to protect themselves and those around them against influenza this year by getting a flu shot. This year, influenza vaccination is free for everyone in B.C. older than six months.
October 15, 2021
Island Health’s outbreak response has identified one additional patient case related to the COVID-19 outbreak declared at Tofino General Hospital (TGH) on October 12.
October 14, 2021
Interior Heath has issued a DRUG ALERT for KAMLOOPS after a sample believed to be ‘Speed’ tested positive for fentanyl. Drug Poisoning risk is very high when stimulant samples are contaminated with fentanyl.
October 14, 2021
From: Northern Health (https://stories.northernhealth.ca/news-and-media/news) Northern Health (NH) is introducing new public health orders covering most of the NH region to manage COVID-19 activity. The Delta variant is leading to faster transmission and more severe outcomes for people in communities with lower vaccination rates, including younger people.
October 13, 2021
As of Tuesday, Oct. 12, all visitors to long-term care and assisted living homes will be required to show proof of vaccination with their BC Vaccine Card.

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.

October 21, 2021

As of Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, 89.4% (4,141,865) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 83.8% (3,883,585) received their second dose.

October 21, 2021

The Province is further protecting health-care workers, patients, families and frontline workers during COVID-19 with Western Canada’s first accredited personal protective equipment (PPE) lab, specializing in testing and validating PPE.

October 20, 2021

As of Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, 89.3% (4,138,787) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 83.6% (3,876,579) received their second dose.

October 19, 2021

As of Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, 89.2% (4,136,000) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 83.5% (3,870,709) have received their second dose.

October 19, 2021

On Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, full vaccination for everyone born in 2009 or earlier (12+) and presentation of your BC Vaccine Card will be required to access certain events, services and businesses.


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.

October 14, 2021

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

October 13, 2021

Distribution – Ontario. Recalling firm – Canada Uncle Bill Group Inc.

October 13, 2021

Distribution – Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Possibly National, Saskatchewan. Recalling firm – Covic International Trading Inc.

October 13, 2021

Distribution – British Columbia. Recalling firm – Global Vegetarian Foods Corp.

October 4, 2021

Distribution – Quebec. Recalling firm – Distribution Alimentaire Tony

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.

October 20, 2021

The recalled baby walkers are prohibited in Canada and may pose an injury hazard.

October 19, 2021

The recalled products do not meet the applicable labelling requirements for consumer chemical products required by the Consumer Chemicals and Containers Regulations, 2001, under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act.

October 18, 2021

Health Canada has seized several injectable drugs and medical devices, including products labelled to contain botulinum toxin type A or hyaluronic acid from Vivian Spa, located at 11-3415 Dixie Road, Mississauga, Ontario, because they are unauthorized and may pose serious health risks. These products may have been administered as treatments for cosmetic purposes.

October 14, 2021

Health Canada has determined that these lighters do not meet the requirements of the Lighters Regulations in Canada and may pose a fire or burn hazard. Specifically, the lighters:

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.

October 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.

October 21, 2021

In Canada, no new cases of measles or rubella were reported in week 40, 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.

October 20, 2021

Special issue: Tobacco control and Canada’s endgame; Tobacco smoking prevention and control in Canada: where do we go from here?; Protecting vulnerable groups from tobacco-related harm during and following the COVID-19 pandemic; Is “less than 5 by 35” still achievable?; Investigating individual-level correlates of e-cigarette initiation among a large sample of Canadian high school students... 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.

October 15, 2021

In week 40, influenza activity across Canada was exceptionally low with almost all regions reporting no influenza activity. For the past two weeks, all influenza indicators were at exceptionally low interseasonal levels. 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.

October 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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