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.
(Ministry of Health) Joint statements on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, list of latest updates
Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statements regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia.
In an effort to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, Northern Health is temporarily suspending pay parking for the public, staff and medical staff, at the University Hospital of Northern BC effective April 1st, and until further notice.
Pay parking machines require people to touch screens and buttons that may have been touched by someone previously. Discontinuing the use of pay parking machines reduces the risk of potential spread of infection and also supports physical distancing measures that have been mandated by the Provincial Health Officer.
As part of British Columbia’s emergency novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response plan, the Province is providing the United Way of the Lower Mainland with $50 million to bolster seniors’ supports at community service agencies throughout British Columbia.
This will help address immediate needs associated with the impact of COVID-19, so seniors get the support they need to stay safe at home.
To help reduce the risks to people who use substances, the Province has announced new clinical guidance, effective immediately, for health-care providers to stem the spread of COVID-19 and respond to the ongoing overdose emergency.
The provincial clinical guidance incorporates the federal government’s recent exemptions to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Northern Health is working in partnership with the Ministry of Health and BC Centre for Disease Control to respond to COVID-19. The situation is evolving quickly and our strategies are evolving to keep people in the communities we serve safe.
To support the Provincial Health Officer’s directions around social distancing and protect our residents, patients and staff from the transmission of COVID-19, Northern Health has made the difficult decision to allow only essential visits to our facilities.
Essential visits will be considered for patients who are:
To protect those most vulnerable and to address anticipated pressures on the acute care system, due to COVID-19, the Ministry of Health advises health authorities to:
Due to the current COVID-19 situation, Northern Health Connections will be restricting passenger travel. Recognizing the age and underlying health of our clients, only those individuals requiring travel for essential medical appointments will be booked for service. Individuals who are mid trip and have a paid return ticket prior to March 22, 2020 are still eligible to use Northern Health Connections to return home.
Northern Health Connections will also not be accepting any walk-on passengers, with no exceptions.