Updated Mar. 16, 2020
BCCNP is closely monitoring the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus), to provide support to nurses, employers and provincial leadership. The college is participating in regular teleconferences with the Ministry of Health, the Office of the Provincial Health Officer and other stakeholder agencies to ensure we have the most current information. We will keep in close contact with nurses as the situation develops.
The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) is the point agency for B.C.—they have
posted a notice that includes information for health care providers, stating in part that health providers should consult with their local Medical Health Officer with questions, concerns or for guidance related to cases suspected of COVID-19 infection.
BCCDC is providing
regular updates and information on the situation and detection and containment measures to health care providers including medical health officers, infectious disease specialists, medical microbiologists, emergency department physicians, public health nurses, infection control practitioners, airport authorities and others.
On March 11, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. For the latest news and resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic response, visit BCCNP's COVID-19 pandemic resource centre.
Nurses should continue to follow their agency's standard infection control precautions. They may also wish to refer to the following standards:
Nurses are also encouraged to contact BCCNP Regulatory Practice Consultation with questions or concerns. Consultation is available by: