How has COVID-19 affected your life, your family and your future? As the next stages of B.C.’s response to COVID-19 take shape, a new B.C.-wide population health survey is gathering valuable information about how COVID-19 has impacted the health and well-being of people in B.C.
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister of Health Adrian Dix are joining with chief medical health officers of all B.C.’s health authorities to call on all British Columbians 18 and over to take this survey, which will provide valuable information to help guide the COVID-19 pandemic response in the months to come.
“The purpose of this survey is to guide us in the weeks and months ahead as we continue to address the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Minister Dix, “From the beginning, we’ve called on all British Columbians to come together to stop the spread of COVID-19, and we’ve seen an extraordinary response as we’ve flattened the curve together. This survey is one more step you can take to help your community live as well as possible during this time.”
“We realize COVID-19 has touched the life of everyone in British Columbia and has required all of us to make sacrifices for the common good,” says Dr. Henry. "The information we gather through this survey will guide us as we chart our course through this pandemic, ensuring that we focus on the most effective prevention measures, minimize negative consequences, and support overall wellness.”
The survey asks questions about whether you’ve experienced COVID-19-related illness, actions you’ve taken to prevent COVID-19, the challenges you have faced during this pandemic and your overall wellbeing.
Local data are essential for communities to support public health planning. Input from communities equips medical health officers across B.C. to support overall health and wellbeing as we all learn to live with COVID-19.
At the end of the survey, you will be asked about your interest in taking part in two future initiatives: A serology survey (blood testing) to help determine immunity across the population, and the planning for digital tools to help identify and manage COVID-19 infections in your community.
- The province’s public health leaders have jointly developed this survey, including the chief medical health officers from each regional health authority and the First Nations Health Authority, the Deputy Provincial Health Officer and the Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry.
- The survey takes approximately 10-15 minutes to complete and will be open until May 31.
- Data collected through the survey follows strict privacy practices under the BC Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. All data is securely held in Canada with respondent privacy and confidentiality maintained at all times.
- Participants without online access or needing language assistance can call 1-833-707-1900, seven days a week between 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. If you have any questions about the survey, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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