Covid-19 Coronavirus

News and Resources

The Situation

British Columbia along with the rest of Canada has been experiencing an outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. This is the same respiratory infection that has prompted several countries worldwide to declare a state of emergency. According to the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC), there has been 46 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in BC as of March 11, 2020.

Northwest Skills Institute – an industry focused training organization – is concerned about the consequences on BC’s industries and skilled workers. Industry is the driving force of the economy and as a knowledge provider we are committed to provide updated information when it becomes available.


Latest News


Joint statement on B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

Jun 4, 2020
Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia: “Today, we are announcing five new cases, for a total of 2,632 cases in British Columbia. Four additional epi-linked cases have been included in the Island Health and Vancouver Coastal Health region case reporting.

Supporting safe health-care at hospitals and clinics during COVID-19

Jun 3, 2020
As Island Health increases services levels at all of our health-care facilities, we are asking for the public’s help to continue to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Fraser Health declares COVID-19 outbreaks over at five facilites

Jun 2, 2020
Fraser Health has declared COVID-19 outbreaks over at Chartwell Willow Retirement Community, Eden Care Centre, The Cedars, Worthington Pavilion Long Term Care, and the acquired brain injury unit at The Residence at Clayton Heights.

Drinking water precautions during and after flooding

Jun 1, 2020
In areas throughout the Interior region, river levels have been high due to snowmelt and rainfall. The River Forecast Centre continues to monitor conditions. Part of being prepared includes being aware of water safety following local flooding.

Inflammatory reactions to COVID-19 in children

May 28, 2020
BC Children's Hospital is watching closely for a rare inflammatory reaction to COVID-19 in children.

Fraser Health provides update on COVID-19 outbreaks

May 28, 2020
Fraser Health is sharing the following updates on Langley Lodge and Nicola Lodge.

Second urgent and primary care centre opens in Surrey

May 27, 2020
People living in Surrey will now have better access to same-day urgent and primary care with the opening of a second new urgent and primary care centre (UPCC) in Newton.

Provincial state of emergency extended in COVID-19 response

May 27, 2020
The provincial state of emergency is being extended an additional two weeks to support continued co-ordination of B.C.’s COVID-19 response.

Poison control records spike in calls about children and adults accidentally ingesting hand sanitizer

May 25, 2020
Poison Control warns people to take safety precautions if they have hand sanitizer at home.