Public exposures and outbreaks

Last updated: January 20, 2022, 2:08 pm

COVID-19 school exposures

Northern Health will update this list with information about potential COVID-19 exposures, clusters or outbreaks within schools in the NH region, as they occur. We are providing this information so school staff, students and parents can be assured that Public Health is following up on COVID-19 activity in their community.

The best way to protect everyone is for those who are eligible to get vaccinated now. That protects not just them, but also the broader school community including younger children who aren't yet able to receive the vaccine.

COVID-19 school notification process:

  • Health authorities will be closely monitoring transmission in school settings, informing those who may have been exposed, and actively contact tracing exposures in the school as a priority.
  • Northern Health will post notifications after contact tracing is complete for a case in a school setting, where an exposure letter has been circulated to one or more contacts within the school. Please note: Information will be posted to or updated on this page, after notification letters have been distributed to the intended recipients.

BCCDC has added online resources for parents and students, about safety measures in schools, attending school safely and what happens when there is a case of COVID-19 in schools during the 2021/22 school year.

School district School name Event Exposure date
No current exposure notifications      
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COVID-19 order enforcement measures

Northern Health will post details of enforcement measures taken with respect to compliance with current Provincial Health Officer and Northern Health Regional orders, including:

Northern Health is receiving and following up on complaints and concerns from across the region. Where establishments don’t immediately come into compliance with public health orders, NH pursues progressive enforcement measures from education, up to and include warning letters, tickets and closure letters.

Enforcement of public health orders is also being supported by provincial enforcement officers from other agencies authorized to issue violation tickets.

Posting summary information about substantiated non-compliance, written warnings and Public Health orders strengthens public accountability and transparency.

The following tables list businesses or workplaces that are subject to enforcement measures in the Northern Health region, and the status of that enforcement, including those pending compliance, rescinded or reopened.

Active enforcement measures

Workplace or establishment Location Enforcement action
Granville's Coffee Quesnel Closure order issued December 13, 2021

Warning letter issued October 27, 2021

Re: Proof of Vaccination compliance
Sam's Family Restaurant Mackenzie Warning letter issued November 26, 2021

Re: Proof of Vaccination compliance
Black Clover Prince George Warning letter issued November 26, 2021

Re: Face coverings in public indoor places compliance
True North Fitness Dawson Creek Warning letter issued November 18, 2021

Re: Proof of Vaccination compliance
Fitness 4 Life Dawson Creek Warning letter issued November 18, 2021

Re: Proof of Vaccination compliance

Rescinded or inactive enforcement measures

Workplace or establishment Location Enforcement action
Ladybird's Boutique Masset Warning letter issued January 10, 2022

Re: Non-compliance with NH Regional Gatherings and Events order requirements
PG Iron Therapy Prince George Warning letter issued January 10, 2022

Re: Non-compliance with Provincial Gatherings and Events order requirements
Pinnacle Performance Prince Rupert Warning letter issued January 6, 2022

Re: Non-compliance with NH Regional Gatherings and Events order requirements
The Gym (Today's Techniques) Fort St. John Closure order issued December 30, 2021

Re: Non-compliance with Provincial Gatherings and Events order requirements
Prevail Athletics Fort St. John Closure order issued December 30, 2021

Re: Non-compliance with Provincial Gatherings and Events order requirements
Mountainview Assembly Church Smithers Warning letter issued December 17, 2021

Re: Planned event (non-compliant with Orders)
Royal Canadian Legion #50 Burns Lake Warning letter issued December 8, 2021

Re: Proof of Vaccination compliance
Heritage Free Presbyterian Church Prince George Warning letter issued December 1, 2021

Re: Worship Services (NH regional order)
Fixx Urban Grill Dawson Creek Warning letter issued November 19, 2021

Re: Proof of Vaccination compliance
Original Joe's Fort St. John Warning letter issued November 16, 2021

Re: Proof of Vaccination compliance
Denny's Restaurant Fort St. John Warning letter issued November 16, 2021

Re: Proof of Vaccination compliance
Decker Lake Mennonite Church Burns Lake Warning letter issued November 10, 2021

Re: Worship Services (NH regional order)
Cariboo Hotel Pub Quesnel Closure order issued November 5, 2021

Warning letter issued October 1, 2021

Re: Proof of Vaccination compliance
Lee & Ann Restaurant Prince Rupert Warning letter issued November 3, 2021

Re: Proof of Vaccination
Smithers Canadian Reformed Church Smithers Warning letter issued November 3, 2021

Re: Worship Services (NH regional order)
True North Fitness Dawson Creek Order to provide information under Public Health Act issued November 1, 2021

Re: Proof of Vaccination
Vanderhoof Mennonite Church Vanderhoof Warning letter issued October 27, 2021

Re: Worship Services (NH regional order)
Impressions Hair Studio Smithers Closure order issued October 26, 2021

Warning letter issued October 7, 2021

Re: Masks in public indoor places compliance
Faith Reformed Church of Telkwa Telkwa Warning Letter issued October 25, 2021

Re: Worship Services (NH regional order)
Bethel United Reformed Church Smithers Warning Letter issued October 25, 2021

Re: Worship Services (NH regional order)
Catholic Church of the Resurrection (Diocese of Prince George) Fort St. John Warning Letter issued October 25, 2021

Re: Worship Services (NH regional order)
Alchemy Dance Collective Fort St. John Order to provide information under Public Health Act issued October 16, 2021

Re: Proof of Vaccination, and masks in indoor public spaces compliance
Cornerstone Yoga Collective Fort St. John Order to provide information under Public Health Act issued October 16, 2021

Re: Proof of Vaccination, and masks in indoor public spaces compliance
Anytime Fitness Terrace Closure order issued October 8, 2021

Warning letter issued September 24, 2021

Re: Proof of Vaccination compliance
Seven Tables Coffee Shop Kitimat Warning letter issued October 1, 2021

Re: Masks in public indoor places compliance
Lambda Cabaret Prince George Warning letter issued September 29, 2021

Re: Proof of Vaccination, and masks in indoor public spaces compliance
Yoga PG Prince George Warning letter issued September 28, 2021

Re: Proof of Vaccination compliance
Prevail Athletics Fort St. John Warning letter issued September 27, 2021

Re: Proof of Vaccination compliance
TJ’s Country Kitchen Fort St. John Warning letter issued September 24, 2021

Re: Proof of Vaccination, and masks in indoor public spaces compliance
Anytime Fitness Dawson Creek Warning letter issued September 24, 2021

Re: Proof of Vaccination compliance
Montana’s Restaurant Fort St. John Warning letter issued September 24, 2021

Re: Proof of Vaccination compliance
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COVID-19 workplace closure orders

BC’s provincial health officer (PHO) has put in place an Expedited Workplace Closure order to allow WorkSafeBC inspectors to support the work of public health and to support businesses when a COVID-19 outbreak occurs at a worksite.

Effective Monday, April 12, workplaces with COVID-19 cases related to workplace transmission may be closed down for a minimum 10-day period, unless there is an overriding public interest in keeping that workplace open. Public Health will determine whether it is more likely than not that transmission has occurred at work.

If the public health investigation determines that transmission of COVID-19 has occurred at a workplace, an order may be issued closing the workplace for 10 days or longer to stop the transmission. In the case of complex workplaces (e.g., large construction sites), the closure may be restricted to those parts of the workplace where transmission has occurred.

The following table lists workplaces that have been closed in the Northern Health region, and the date of their expected reopening.

Workplace name Location Closure date Reopening date
No closure orders in effect

 

   
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COVID-19 public exposures

A public exposure (alert) is issued when public health officials are unable to ensure they can identify and directly contact everybody who may have been exposed to a potentially infectious case of COVID-19 in a public setting where they may have been in close contact. NH will update this public exposures page with information if and when there is a possible exposure to COVID-19 to the public in our region.

The possible exposures listed on this site are believed to be low risk but, out of an abundance of caution, Public Health asks anyone who may have visited any of the locations listed on the specified dates and times to monitor themselves for symptoms.

There is no known risk to anyone who attended any listed locations outside of the specified dates and times. If people remain healthy and do not develop symptoms, there is no need to self-isolate and people can continue with their usual daily activities. If you develop any symptoms of COVID-19, please self isolate and contact the Northern Health Virtual Primary and Community Care Clinic: 1-844-645-7811, or contact your primary care provider. If you have been identified as a COVID-19 case or close contact, please know that NH Public Health will contact you directly and provide further instruction.

City/Town Location Address Potential exposure date(s) Potential exposure time
Prince Rupert Crane's Crossing Shelter (North Coast Transition Society) 1080 3rd Avenue West, Prince Rupert February 22-24, 2021 Unspecified (February 22, 23 and 24)
Prince George Active Support Against Poverty 1188, 6th Avenue January 19-21, 2021 January 19-21, 2021

*Locations will be removed from the list approximately one month after the last exposure date.

For notifications of public exposures related to flights, work sites, cruises, long-distance bus and train travel, and public events, please visit the B.C. Centre for Disease Control public exposures page.

For more information and resources regarding COVID-19, visit our Coronavirus Information (COVID-19) page.

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COVID-19 community/facility outbreaks

The following list includes any outbreaks of COVID-19 declared in Northern Health region communities or facilities. (For information on non-COVID-19 outbreaks in NH facilities, please see below). As with public exposures, please remember that if you have been identified as a COVID-19 case or close contact, NH Public Health will contact you directly and provide further instruction.

City/Town Location Outbreak type Date declared Date declared over
Prince George Laurier Manor On-site outbreak November 19, 2021 December 15, 2021
Fort St. John Peace Villa - Meadow House On-site outbreak November 3, 2021 December 3, 2021
Smithers Bulkley Valley District Hospital - Inpatient Unit On-site outbreak October 19, 2021 November 17, 2021
Quesnel GR Baker Memorial Hospital - Inpatient Unit On-site outbreak October 14, 2021 November 12, 2021
Prince George University Hospital of Northern BC - Internal Medicine Unit On-site outbreak October 4, 2021 November 10, 2021
Hazelton Wrinch Memorial Hospital On-site outbreak September 27, 2021 October 29, 2021
Prince George University Hospital of Northern BC – Primary Care Medical Unit On-site outbreak September 25, 2021 November 10, 2021
Prince George Jubilee Lodge On-site outbreak September 6, 2021 October 7, 2021
Fort St. John Fort St. John Hospital - Inpatient Unit On-site outbreak August 27, 2021 September 28, 2021
Fort St. John Area, Northeast BC Site C Hydroelectric Dam Project On-site outbreak August 16, 2021 October 12, 2021
Dawson Creek Rotary Manor - Special Care Unit (South) On-site outbreak June 11, 2021 July 8, 2021
Quesnel On-site outbreak May 20, 2021 June 16, 2021
Fort St. John Heritage Manor II On-site outbreak May 18, 2021 June 22, 2021
Fort St. John Area, Northeast BC Site C Hydroelectric Dam Project On-site outbreak April 28, 2021 June 23, 2021
Dawson Creek Dawson Creek & District Hospital - Medical Inpatient Unit On-site outbreak April 19, 2021 May 20, 2021
Prince Rupert Acropolis Manor On-site outbreak April 3, 2021 May 5, 2021
Prince Rupert Prince Rupert Regional Hospital - Patient Care Unit On-site outbreak March 28, 2021 April 28, 2021
North of Stewart, BC Brucejack Mine (main camp) On-site outbreak February 10, 2021 March 21, 2021
Dawson Creek

Dawson Creek & District Hospital – Medical Inpatient Unit

On-site outbreak February 7, 2021 March 12, 2021
Prince Rupert Acropolis Manor On-site outbreak January 19, 2021 March 15, 2021
Prince George University Hospital of Northern BC - Rehab Unit On-site outbreak January 4, 2021 January 25, 2021

Prince George

University Hospital of Northern BC – Internal Medicine Unit (IMU)

On-site outbreak

December 29, 2020

February 10, 2021

Burns Lake LHA (Burns Lake area), 

Nechako LHA (Fraser Lake area)

CGL worksites:

7 Mile Lodge,

Little Rock Lake Lodge

On-site outbreak

December 19, 2020

January 21, 2021
Kitimat LNG Canada Project site (Diversified) On-site outbreak December 16, 2020 January 11, 2021
Prince George Jubilee Lodge On-site outbreak December 12, 2020 February 11, 2021
Fort St. John North Peace Seniors Housing Society apartments On-site outbreak November 22, 2020 December 25, 2020
Kitimat LNG Canada Project site On-site outbreak November 19, 2020 December 25, 2020
Prince George University Hospital of Northern BC Precautionary – Family Medicine Unit December 3, 2020 December 16, 2020
Prince George Gateway Lodge Precautionary - Cedar Wing (Upper West/ Second Floor West) December 3, 2020 December 16, 2020
Dawson Creek Rotary Manor On-site outbreak November 2, 2020 December 10, 2020
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Non-COVID-19 community/facility outbreaks

Outbreaks of non-COVID-19 illnesses/infectious diseases, such as respiratory infections (e.g. influenza), gastrointestinal illnesses (e.g. norovirus), and Clostridium difficile (C.diff), in any hospitals, long-term care facilities, other health facilities within the Northern Health region, or those that are licensed under the Community Care and Assisted Living Act, are included here.

An outbreak occurs when more than two people have the same illness that can be linked back to one source or cause. The medical health officer determines when an outbreak will be declared. For C. difficile, an outbreak is declared when the number of cases increases above what is normally experienced.

Please note that the threshold for declaration of an outbreak is not extremely high (i.e. it takes only a handful of cases of illnesses for us to declare an outbreak), so that we can control and end an outbreak early, before it can affect more people.

If you are intending to visit a facility listed below, please consider postponing your visit until the outbreak is over, in order to help keep you and your loved ones healthy.

City/Town Facility/Unit Outbreak type Date declared Date declared over
         
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What should I do when an outbreak occurs?

The best way to prevent the spread of infections is to wash your hands, practice proper sneeze/cough etiquette, and to get an annual flu shot. We also encourage you to stay home if you are or have recently been ill.

Please avoid visiting an affected facility during an outbreak. If the situation is urgent and you must visit the facility, please ensure you are feeling well, and speak to staff about any precautions that may be necessary.

  • Wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand rub product when visiting and when you leave.
  • Follow instructions given by staff.
  • Look for signs with further instructions.

How does Northern Health respond to an outbreak?

We have strict infection control practices that follow provincial guidelines which we adhere to when an outbreak is declared.