COVID-19

Information you can trust about COVID-19

 

Some Interior Health programs, services and sites have had to change their hours because of COVID-19. Please call ahead if you are unsure about a previously scheduled appointment. Visit Find Us on interiorhealth.ca for locations and regular operating hours.

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COVID-19 vaccine information

Beginning on March 8th, seniors aged 90+, Aboriginal people aged 65+ and Elders are able to call Interior Health to register to receive their vaccination appointment. Immunization appointments will begin in our region on March 15. All health authorities in B.C. are registering individuals starting in the three age groupings below. To register, please call…

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School exposures

We partner with school districts to share information when there are COVID-19 exposures at schools. When a case of COVID-19 is confirmed, IH public health works quickly to determine close contacts, and contacts parents/guardians of students who are considered to be at risk. New: visit the BCCDC's K-12 Schools and COVID-19 page and download the…

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Testing information

Use the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool to determine if you need a test for COVID-19.  In B.C. COVID-19 testing is done for people that have compatible COVID like symptoms, however mild, and those who have been sent for testing by their health care provider (physician or nurse practitioner) or public health. If you are a contact of a…

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Information for Communities

Local and regional, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal governments, and community organizations have an important role to play in informing and protecting their communities. Please help us share trusted information with our communities by linking your community's web page to the Interior Health and BCCDC sources of COVID-19 information. Planning and preparedness BCCDC Community Settings - measures that…

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Long-term care and assisted living

Interior Health is committed to keeping people safe who are living and working in our long-term care and assisted living facilities.   COVID-19 is particularly serious for those who live in long-term care and assisted living facilities, as it can cause severe illness including pneumonia, respiratory failure, and in some cases death. To ensure everyone's…

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Rural, remote, and Aboriginal communities

On April 20, 2020, B.C. announced the Rural, Remote, and Indigenous COVID-19 Response Framework. The collaborative framework is intended to help ensure all people living in rural, remote, First Nations, and Métis communities have access to the health care they need during the COVID-19 pandemic and into the future. Deliverables • Establish Community Cohort Centres•…

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KGH, RIH labs increase COVID-19 testing capacity

New pieces of equipment, fast track renovations and great teamwork led to a massive increase in the number of COVID-19 tests that are able to be processed at Kelowna General Hospital and Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops. KGH and RIH are now home to new Panther fusion instruments, laboratory machines that have increased the capacity…

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Public exposures

If you are a close contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case, our Public Health team will contact you directly. In cases where not everyone can be reached, we are posting below the locations and times of known possible exposures in our region. Please note: even if no public exposures are listed, cases of COVID-19 are…

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Your mental health during COVID-19

During a pandemic, people can experience a wide range of mental health impacts. If you are concerned about your mental wellness you can reach out for advice and support from your primary care provider, local counselling service, or your employer's Employee and Family Assistance Program if available. Or visit this infographic for tips on managing…

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