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

June 18, 2021
Interior Health has launched mobile immunization clinics that will travel throughout the Interior Health region offering easy access, same-day immunization for people to get their first dose. There are three separate mobile teams: a north and south team each targeting rural and remote communities and other hard to reach populations, and an urban team targeting neighbourhoods in six cities in Interior Health.
June 18, 2021
Fraser Health will be rolling out the red carpet at our COVID-19 immunization clinic at Guildford Recreation Centre for our first-ever all-night Vax-a-thon. From 11:00 am on Saturday, June 19, to 7:00 pm on Sunday, June 20, approximately 7,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine will be available to eligible people needing their first dose.
June 18, 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 that 76.7% of all adults in B.C. and 75.1% of those 12 and older have now received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. In total, 4,296,151 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 823,371 of which are second doses.
June 17, 2021
Vancouver, B.C. – To best address our region's vaccination priorities, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) is expanding the vaccination capacity at its Vancouver Community College site to support the ongoing delivery of COVID-19 vaccinations to residents in our region. Since the start of BC's immunization plan, the Vancouver Community College site has delivered over 46,000 vaccines to residents and will continue to play a pivotal role in our efforts to vaccinate residents as safely and efficiently as possible.
June 17, 2021
IH WIDE – Interior Health’s mobile immunization clinics have administered over 5,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine throughout the region since their launch last week. The mobile immunization clinics are a partnership with the British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA), and are travelling through the Interior region, making stops in over 40 communities along the way.
June 17, 2021
IH WIDE – Interior Health’s #journey2immunity COVID-19 vaccination campaign continues to accelerate throughout the region.
June 16, 2021
With the strong uptake of COVID-19 vaccines in BC (nearly 75 per cent of adults have now had at least one dose) COVID-19 cases are dropping and provincial public health measures are relaxing – just in time for summer!
June 16, 2021
Richmond, BC - As part of the B.C. COVID-19 Immunization Plan, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and the City of Richmond have partnered to host drop-in vaccine clinics for Richmond seniors 65 and older and their caregivers who have not received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
June 16, 2021
Island Health has reported an increase in overdoses in the Comox area from opioids and stimulants, increased risk with both injection and inhalation.
June 14, 2021
Vancouver, B.C. – Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) issued a reminder to Sunshine Coast residents to ensure they are registered on the Get Vaccinated provincial registration system. To receive an alert to book your appointment for your first or second dose you must be registered on this platform: www.gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated.

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.

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.

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.

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.

June 18, 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:

June 17, 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:

June 16, 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:

June 15, 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:

June 15, 2021

Mable Elmore, Parliamentary Secretary for Seniors’ Services and Long-Term Care, has issued the following statement in recognition of World Elder Abuse and Awareness Day on June 15, 2021:


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.

June 13, 2021

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

June 13, 2021

Distribution - Ontario, Quebec, and may have been distributed in other provinces or territories. Recalling firm - Phoenicia Group Inc.

June 3, 2021

Ontario. Recalling firm - Midland Food Products Inc.

June 2, 2021

Distribution – Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario. Recalling firm – Searay Foods Inc.

May 25, 2021

Distribution – Possibly national, and through Internet sales. Recalling firm – Our Father's Farm

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.

June 17, 2021

Health Canada's sampling and evaluation program has determined that these lighters do not meet the Lighters Regulations in Canada and may pose a fire or burn hazard. Specifically, the lighters:

June 16, 2021

The recalled cat formula may be contaminated with Salmonella and there is risk of cross contamination and illness after handling the cat formula.

June 16, 2021

Health Canada is warning Canadians about the risk of poisoning from improperly using flame colourant packets. Flame colourant packets are used to change the colour of wood burning flames, such as a campfire. These packets are intended to be thrown directly into wood burning fires unopened.

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.

June 17, 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.

June 17, 2021

In Canada, no new cases of measles or rubella were reported in week 22, 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.

June 11, 2021

In Canada, no new cases of measles or rubella were reported in week 21, 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.

June 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.

June 3, 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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