Avoid gift deliveries to health-care facilities

Island Health is working in partnership with the Ministry of Health and the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) to respond to COVID-19. The situation is evolving quickly and our strategies are evolving to keep people in the communities we serve safe.

To keep our patients, families and staff safe and in keeping with the provincial health officer’s recommendations for social distancing, Island Health requests that people not send flowers or other gifts to their loved ones in hospitals and long-term care facilities.

We understand the importance of gifts from family and loved ones to our patients and long-term care residents and we appreciate your support in helping to keep everyone safe.

Other restrictions include:

  • Essential visits only at all Island Health facilities. Visit IslandHealth.ca for the most up-to-date information about visitor restrictions.
  • No visitor who is unwell with the following symptoms may visit an Island Health facility:  fever, cough, runny/stuffy nose, sore throat and/or diarrhea.
  • Anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who has been in contact with a person infected with COVID-19 during the previous 14 days, must not visit patients/residents in any Island Health facility or long-term care facility.

Patient navigators are in place at entrances of all facilities to ensure visitors are aware of the restrictions.

The British Columbia Centre for Disease Control is the recommended resource for accurate, current information about COVID-19 in British Columbia. Information is updated frequently at www.bccdc.ca and individuals are encouraged to check back regularly.

Island Health also has frequently updated information on our website: www.islandhealth.ca/covid19