Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, BC's provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statements regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia.
As of June 4, Northern Health’s COVID-19 Online Clinic and Information Line will be changing its hours to:
- Monday – Friday: 12 pm (noon) – 8 pm
- Saturday, Sunday, and statutory holidays: 8 am – 4 pm
- (Note: During weekends and statutory holidays, doctors and nurse practitioners will be available for only a portion of the time.)
The NH COVID-19 Online Clinic and Information Line can be reached at 1-844-645-7811.
Northern Health Connections is gradually returning to standard passenger eligibility for the medical bus travel service.
On June 1, Northern Health Connections will go back to standard eligibility with the exception of passengers travelling without a medical appointment, which includes seniors (60+).
Passengers eligible to use the bus service include:
Northern Health is reminding Northern B.C. residents of an opportunity to share their COVID-19 pandemic experiences and actions, to help inform B.C.’s response and be part of further studies.
A province-wide survey – called ‘BC COVID-19 SPEAK: Your story, our future’ – has been launched to hear about your experiences and actions in the COVID-19 pandemic so far. So far, more than 313,000 British Columbians have shared their stories, including more than 11,500 Northern B.C. residents. More feedback is being sought, particularly from men and seniors in Northern B.C.
The COVID-19 situation in British Columbia is continually evolving. For information on total confirmed cases, cases by region, testing, and provincial advice and measures, please see the announcements from the BC Government listed below.
Northern Health is resuming elective surgeries that were postponed due to COVID-19, and we are committed to helping keep patients, medical staff and support staff safe.
NH is implementing plans for telephone pre-admission screening of surgical patients, where available. This new model of care will reduce the need for patients to come to the hospital for in-person visits before their surgeries, and will include telephone assessments, and consultations.
Increased Drug Toxicity Reported Across BC (Both Stimulants and Down)
- Increase in both fatal and non-fatal overdoses over the last few weeks
- More severe overdoses being reported
- Increased community overdose and drug alerts since March 22
FOR YOUR SAFETY
B.C.’s testing COVID-19 strategy has been expanded to include anyone with cold, influenza or COVID-19-like symptoms, however mild.
While testing has expanded, not everyone needs a test. COVID-19 testing is not recommended for people without symptoms.
The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to other respiratory illnesses including the flu and common cold. They include: