COVID-19

Trusted information about COVID-19

A new coronavirus called COVID-19 has caused a worldwide outbreak of respiratory infections. Its symptoms can include dry cough, fever, sore throat and headache, are similar to other respiratory infections, including influenza.

Although we truly appreciate all the support of our communities for IH staff, patients and clients, we kindly ask the public not to bring food or organize deliveries of food or other items (e.g. flowers) to any of our health-care sites at this time.

  • Share your thoughts! The government of B.C. is looking for your feedback on the pandemic response so far and your input on how we can best move forward safely and together. Take the short online survey, B.C. COVID-19 SPEAK: Your story, our future before May 31.
  • Wondering about Interior Health programs, services and sites being impacted by 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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The latest news on COVID-19

Interior Health Updates May 15: Gyms and fitness centres able to re-open May 19 May 13: IH COVID-19 UPDATE: Resumption of elective surgeries May 11: Outbreak of COVID-19 Declared Over at West Kelowna Agricultural Business April 27: Expanded testing for people with symptoms April 18: Alberta outbreak may affect workers in Interior Health region April…

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Aboriginal communities

The Government of Canada supports First Nations communities in preparing for, monitoring and responding to communicable disease emergencies, including the new coronavirus called COVID-19. For more information, visit their website on how First Nations and Metis communities can prepare, monitor and respond to COVID-19. Helpful resources and information Aboriginal community wellness resourcesFirst Nations virtual doctor…

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Service changes due to COVID-19

Regular operations of many Interior Health programs, services and sites have been impacted by COVID-19. Please call ahead if you are unsure about a previously scheduled appointment. Phone numbers for Interior Health locations are available on our Find Us page. Visiting an IH Lab? Please check our IH Laboratory Temporary Hours before you visit. Where lab…

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Visitor information

Visits are restricted to ESSENTIAL VISITS ONLY at all of our sites through controlled access points. We are working closely with the Ministry of Health to protect the health of everyone in B.C. Restricting visitors minimizes the risk of the introduction of COVID-19 into facilities and allows staff to focus on caring for patients and…

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Testing information

Testing is available for all who need it, but not everyone requires a test. If you develop symptoms, use the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool to help determine if you need further assessment or testing for COVID-19. You can complete this assessment for yourself, or on behalf of someone else, if they are unable to. How to book an appointment…

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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. The Healthy Communities team is focused on supporting local governments and communities. Email us to start a conversation. Please help us share trusted information with our communities by linking your community's web page to…

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Survey: your story, our future

B.C. has flattened the curve and we are now preparing to re-start health care, public services, the economy, and our lives. Input from our citizens is important as we develop our action plans. Public health and government leaders have made significant decisions impacting every aspect of our lives in recent weeks. As we move through…

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Sources of trusted information

Contact HealthLinkBC or call 8-1-1 if you have symptomsCall 1-888-COVID19 (268-4319) if you would like more informationBC Centre for Disease Control and COVID-19 DashboardCOVID-19 self-assessment toolPublic Health Agency of Canada or call 1-833-784-4397WorksafeBC

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Keeping you and your family healthy

Every British Columbian plays a part in our response to COVID-19, including preventing and containing its spread. B.C.'s Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has advised us: "Be calm, be kind, and be safe." Find information here for families and individuals, including those directly and indirectly impacted. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, please take…

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