COVID-19 resources: prevention and updates

Please Read: As information on prevention, policy, and programs is rapidly evolving, these resources generally direct users to frequently updated sites, rather than single pages that can go quickly out of date. We provide evidence-based resources and encourage members to dig deeper as their mission/work requires. We are grateful to everyone as they do their best through this crisis and wish all well as we work within this extraordinary time.


We recommend people start their search for information on prevention and updates on the BC Centre for Disease Control COVID-19 pages. They provide key learning with ongoing updates about COVID-19 and how things look in BC. Information includes transmission, testing and isolation, and specific information for people who use substances; people who are unsheltered; people with chronic conditions; and answers to common questions.


COVID-19 was declared a public health crisis in BC on March 17, 2020. What should we be doing to help slow its progress? Up to date information from the Ministry of Health and what British Columbians should be doing to slow the spread of COVID-19.


BC has been operating under a state of emergency. Learn what this means: an eight minute listen.



Testing is recommended for anyone with cold, influenza or COVID-19-like symptoms, even mild ones. See the COVID-19 Testing information from BC CDC.

Public exposure possibilities: Wondering if you have been exposed to COVID while out in the community? This BC Centre for Disease Control  page provides a list of flights, and links to regional exposure events, including links to health authorities.

Questions about Personal Protective Equipment? See the BC CDC information about interim guidance on personal protective equipment. Guidelines for Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) u​​se: when and where use is recommended, target personnel, activities, equipment required), developed by First Nations Health Authority

Is heat needed to clean reusable masks?
What is the best way to keep your reusable mask clean? CBC is answering questions about the pandemic.

Fight bias: Language guide helps to destigmatize COVID-19. The BC CDC has developed a language guide that “aims to make COVID-19 content more inclusive and prevent stigmatization of individuals to address who are often inadvertently excluded from health advice because they are not properly identified or defined.” View/ download the guide.



Printable posters

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How Physical Distancing Works. (First Nations Health Authority)

The Do’s and Don’ts of Physical Distancing. (First Nations Health Authority)

Please do not enter our home for the protection of the people who live here. (First Nations Health Authority)

COVID-19: How to Prevent Catching and Spreading it (Interior Health)


Region Specific News from Health Authorities

These links provide general information for each area, and specific follow-up options where available.

Fraser Health General information, including visitor guidelines

Interior Health General information. Groups funded by Interior Health can ask specific questions about working with vulnerable populations via email to the Vulnerable Populations Working Group: [email protected]

Island Health General information, including visitor guidelines. Information for Community Partners page including organizations working with under served and vulnerable populations.

Northern Health General information COVID-19 Resources for NH Staff and Community Partners Working with Populations who Experience Vulnerabilities

Vancouver Coastal Health General information, including visitor guidelines


Canada-wide information: National health tracking and economic plans from the Government of Canada.

Global-perspective: International tracking from the World Health Organization


See all COVID-19 resource pages


PAN updates to members


COVID-19 Prevention and updates

HIV and Hepatitis C




Harm Reduction: substances and sex



Indigenous Communities and Cultural Safety


Prison Populations


Mental Health



Economic Response Plans


Funding sustainability for non-profits


Workplace Adaptation


COVID-19 Home


Last updated August 2020