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Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

BCCDC is monitoring an outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and is working with provincial and federal partners on surveillance, diagnostic testing and infection control measures.

The information below is for health care professionals and public health partners. You can find information for the general public here.

What's New: Week of February 10

  • World Health Organization (WHO) names the disease caused by the novel coroanvirus COVID-19 and the virus SARS-CoV-2.
  • An analysis of more than 17,000 cases finds 82% were mild, 15% severe and 3% critical.
  • Transmission is via droplets. No evidence to date of airborne transmission.
New documents and downloads

Who to test

Testing is available for patients with compatible symptoms (e.g. fever, cough, or difficulty breathing) AND history of travel to affected areas of China within two weeks prior to illness onset or other index of suspicion (e.g,. contact with an ill person with such travel history).

Testing and laboratory guidance

Testing requires notification and consultation with the local Medical Health Officer and the BCCDC PHL Medical Microbiologist on-call (604-661-7033).

Infection control in health care facilities

Masks and personal protective equipment

  • Patients under investigation should be managed with contact and droplet precautions (including eye protection) 
  • Nasoparyneal (NP) swabs and throat swabs can be performed using contact and droplet precautions with surgical mask and eye protection, and do not require the use of an N95 respirator
  • Airborne precautions including N95 respirators with eye protection should be used during aerosol-generating procedures (e.g. open suctioning of respiratory tract, intubation, bronchoscopy, cardiopulmonary resuscitation). 
Guidance documents 

Note: If you are seeking consultation or have further questions about novel coronavirus as a health care provider or for a health care facility, contact your local public health unit. Information is available at:

Case management

Case definition

Clinicians should consult with their local Medical Health Officer with questions, concerns or for guidance related to cases suspected of COVID-19 infection.

Surveillance case definitions are intended for public health surveillance and reporting purposes and may not apply to clinical practice. Public health practitioners are asked to review the case definition for reporting novel coronavirus regularly as it is subject to frequent updates.

Case Management

Interim guidelines for public health management of cases and contacts associated with novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the community have been developed and added to the Communicable Disease Control Manual. The guidelines include:

Case Counts

Confirmed COVID-19 cases

A novel coronavirus, now known as SARS-CoV-2, was identified as the cause of an outbreak of a disease known as COVID-19. Cases have been reported in multiple jurisdictions across China and outside China in a number of countries. 

Note: Case counts are based on available information and are subject to change.


For the latest global case counts, please visit the World Health Organization (WHO) Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) map


For the latest Canadian updates, visit the Public Health Agency of Canada website. 

British Columbia - updated February 14, 2020 at 1PM PST:

  • 4 confirmed cases
  • 1 presumptive confirmed case
  • 491 individuals and 715 samples* tested as of February 13.

* The number of individuals tested is different from the number of samples tested because some individuals are tested more than once.

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