17 March 2020 at 10.10 pm PST

There are three COVID-19 updates:

  1. Federal Travel Restrictions
  2. The federal government announced several travel restrictions in response to COVID-19 including limitations on:
    1. International flights;
    1. Entry of passengers to Canada, including those who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents; and,
    1. Entry of passengers with COVID-19 symptoms.
  3. Further details are available on federal government websites:
    1. New Transport Canada measures for COVID-19 response; and,
    1. Special Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada measures to help temporary and permanent residents and applicants affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID‑19).
  4. Essential Service Workers

Attached is new guidance from Dr. Bonnie Henry on essential service workers. 

  • COVID-19 Symptom Self-assessment Tool

The BC Ministry of Health developed a COVID-19 symptom self-assessment tool to help determine whether you may need further assessment or testing for COVID-19.

COVID-19 Resources:

  • Guidance and recommendations from the Provincial Health Officer are available online at the BC Pandemic Preparedness website.
  • Monitor the BC Centre for Disease Control website for updates, information and resources.
  • For non-health related COVID-19 questions (e.g. supports, programs, etc), a new dedicated phone line is available at 1-888-COVID-19.
  • For advice regarding a potential COVID-19 case, contact your local Medical Health Officer.