The Public Health Agency of Canada
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is working with provinces, territories, and international partners, including the World Health Organization, to actively monitor the situation. Global efforts are focused on containment of the outbreak and the prevention of further spread.
Public health risk is being continually reassessed as new information becomes available. The risk varies between and within communities, but given the number of cases in Canada, the risk to Canadians is considered high. This does not mean that all Canadians will get the disease. It means that there is already a significant impact on our health care system.
To stay healthy and to protect ourselves and others, we must be mindful of the ever-present risk of exposure to the virus. Some people may be at greater risk of COVID-19 than others due to their occupational, social, economic, and other health and life circumstances. You can find more infromation on the PHAC’s COVID-19 Risks page.
For any questions, call the Health Canada COVID-19 information line: 1-833-784-4397, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
BC Centre for Disease Control
The British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) is a key partner of the provincial government. It is the central resource for British Columbians to hear updates and learn more about COVID-19 in BC, including case counts, BC Government statements, protective and preventative measures to take, plus the latest advice and resources from officials.
The World Health Organization (WHO)
On March 11, 2020, WHO declared COVID-19 to be a global pandemic. WHO coordinates the international COVID-19 response and publishes it on its website guidance, recommendations, reports, and any other information that can help countries and individuals to respond to COVID-19.
If you have symptoms and may have been exposed to COVID-19, use the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool, developed with the BC Ministry of Health, to help determine whether you may need further assessment or testing for the virus. You can complete the assessment for yourself, or on behalf of someone else, if they are unable to.
To arrange for further assessment or testing, call your local primary care provider or 8-1-1, or for deaf or hard of hearing call 7-1-1.
In partnership with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, BC’s Ministry of Health, and other industry partners, we have created an FAQ. This will be continually updated, providing information from BC, national, and international partners to give you the information you need as it relates to travel and tourism. It will help you answer questions from your staff, visitors, and partners.FAQs
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