new coronavirus is the cause of an outbreak of respiratory infections, now known as COVID-19. The symptoms of COVID-19, which can include fever and cough, are similar to other respiratory infections, including influenza. The number of cases worldwide is changing quickly, with the vast majority being in China, and specifically Hubei Province. There are confirmed cases of COVID-19 in B.C. and Canada; however, the risk to Canadians continues to be low. For the latest information on COVID-19, including the number of confirmed cases, visit www.bccdc.ca. You can also follow the BC Centre for Disease Control on Twitter (@CDCofBC) for ongoing updates.
Key facts about Coronavirus Disease
- The risk of novel coronavirus transmission continues to remain low for residents of British Columbia.
- Anyone who is concerned that they may have been exposed to, or is experiencing symptoms of the novel coronavirus, should contact their primary care provider, local Public Health office, or call 8-1-1.
- The Public Health Agency of Canada has set up a novel coronavirus telephone information line at: 1-833-784-4397.
- Interior Health’s Latest News on the Coronavirus Disease
- BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC), with Frequently Asked Questions for the public and patients
- HealthLink’s provincial health line – 8-1-1 (toll-free) or 7-1-1 for the deaf and hard or hearing: registered nurses available 24/7 to answer questions on the phone/online. Translation services available in 130 plus languages.
- Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Resources from Public Health Agency of Canada
- World Health Organization