Covid-19 Coronavirus

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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.

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Latest News


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

Apr 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: “Today, we are reporting 849 new cases, for a total of 120,889 cases in British Columbia."

Fraser Health declares COVID-19 outbreak at Surrey Memorial Hospital

Apr 20, 2021
Fraser Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Surrey Memorial Hospital after evidence of transmission in a medicine unit.

COVID-19 – Outbreak declared at Dawson Creek & District Hospital – Medical Inpatient Unit

Apr 20, 2021
Northern Health Medical Health Officers have declared a COVID-19 outbreak on the Medical Inpatient Unit at Dawson Creek & District Hospital (DCDH), following lab-confirmed case(s) among patients on the unit. At the time of the outbreak declaration, testing has identified two inpatients who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Registering for COVID-19 immunization helps put the pandemic behind us

Apr 20, 2021
As part of the Province’s strategy to provide the AstraZeneca vaccine to people in high-risk neighbourhoods, Fraser Health is now immunizing people ages 40 and over in specific neighbourhoods in our region where we are seeing high rates of COVID-19 transmission to protect these individuals and their loved ones.

VCH opens additional vaccination clinic dates for Sunshine Coast and Powell River

Apr 19, 2021
Vancouver, BC - Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) is adding additional COVID-19 vaccination clinics to the following communities: Sechelt: April 28 Gibsons: April 29 Powell River: April 28

Update to COVID-19 outbreak at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital

Apr 19, 2021
Island Health’s outbreak response has identified one additional patient case related to the COVID-19 outbreak declared on April 14 in the High Intensity Rehab Unit at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH).

Over 225,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered throughout Interior Health IH WIDE

Apr 19, 2021
IH WIDE – Interior Health has now surpassed 225,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered throughout the Interior.

Province shifts vaccine strategy to include high-transmission communities

Apr 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: •Dawson Creek •East and West Newton •Fleetwood •Kensington •North Delta •North Surrey •Panorama •Port Coquitlam •South Langley Township •Squamish •West Abbotsford •Whalley

Interior Health - Drug Checking Alert - Penticton

Apr 18, 2021
Interior Heath has issued a community warning DRUG ALERT for PENTICTON after a beige chunk sample sold as crack cocaine tested positive for FENTANYL. Overdose risk is very high when samples sold as stimulants are contaminated with fentanyl.

New vaccine schedule invites those 18+ to register this week

Apr 18, 2021
A new schedule for age cohorts to register ensures people know when it is their turn. To preserve system capacity, please wait until your age cohort is eligible to register: •Monday, April 19 – Registration opens for people aged 40 and up •Tuesday, April 20 – Registration opens for people aged 35 and up •Wednesday, April 21 – Registration opens for people aged 30 and up •Thursday, April 22 – Registration opens for people aged 25 and up •Friday, April 23 – Registration opens for people aged 18 and up