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Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)


Port Alberni, BC - The Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District (ACRD) and City of Port Alberni are actively monitoring the global, national, and local impacts of COVID-19 and are proactively preparing for any foreseeable potential impacts.

As the lead agencies for British Columbia, the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) and the BC Ministry of Health are closely monitoring the situation and will provide guidance to the public and local authorities. As local governments, our main role is to help provide accurate and timely information to the public, as well as protect our employees so that we can continue to provide and maintain services for our residents.

The ACRD and the City of Port Alberni have developed a joint Alberni Valley Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Response Plan to help prepare for the potential arrival of COVID-19. The Response Plan aims to strengthen preparedness at the local level, both publically and within the two government organizations.

For a cohesive list of locally based community and information services , view or download:
Alberni Valley Service and Information Sources
West Coast Service and Information Sources
Accessing Care on the West Coast

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If you may have been exposed to COVID-19, residents are requested to contact HealthLinkBC by calling 8-1-1

Please DO NOT proceed to hospital or medical clinic if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 - Call 8-1-1

Following the advice from the Ministry of Health and the BCCDC, residents are also reminded and encouraged to take the following steps to stay healthy and prevent the spread of infections:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Using soap and water is the single most effective way of reducing the spread of infection
  • If a sink is not available, alcohol based hand rubs can be used to clean your hands as long as they are not visibly soiled
  • Do not touch your face, eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue or the crease of your elbow when you sneeze or cough
  • Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
  • Stay home if you are sick to avoid spreading illness to others
  • Do not share food, drinks, utensils, etc.

Click for more tips on social distancing
or to download and print for yourself

Social Distancing Infographic

To talk to a provincial ServiceBC agent about non-health related information and services such as

  • Child care
  • Travel restrictions
  • Business and funding support

Text 1-604-630-0300 or Call 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319)
Service is available 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Pacific Time.


April 8 COVID-19 Fisheries Committee - Protocols for Interactions with Coast Communities

April 8 - new COVID-19 BC Fisheries Committee formed

April 8 - BC Parks immediately closes all provincial parks for inscreased COVID-19 action

April 8 - BC Hydro announces COVID-19 Relief Fund

April 8 - FortisBC introduces new financial support for customers

April 7 Message from the District of Ucluelet to West Coast visitors

April 7 BC Wildfire Service - Category 2, 3 Resource Open Fire Bans

April 3 2020 School District 70 - Superintendents Weekly Message to Parents

April 3 VIDEO The Peak 93.3 FM - Dr. Paul Hasselback, Mayor Sharie Minions on THE PEAK this morning

March 30 VIDEO - COVID-19 Community Update with Mayor Minions and Dr. Lambiotte

March 29 Media Release - Provincial Grocery Store Guidelines

March 26 Media Release - Province Issues Open Burning Restrictions

March 24 - Public Notice - ACRD Board of Directors Meeting and Social Distancing

March 23 Public Notice - School District 70 Closing all school playgrounds

March 22 Media Release - Port Alberni and ACRD Playgrounds Closed Until Further Notice

March 21 Media Release - The City of Port Alberni and ACRD Urge Tourists Not To Travel To The West Coast

March 20 Public Notice - Kennedy Hill Project Update - COVID-19

March 20 - BC Transit Mandate Letter
Official statement regarding COVID-19 social distancing measures on transit

March 17 Public Notice - ACRD Modified Service Delivery & Public Gatherings

March 16 Media Release - City of PA & ACRD COVID-19 Update

March 14 Media Release - City of PA & ACRD COVID-19 Update

March 13 Media Release - City of PA & ACRD Recommendations

March 12 Media Release - City of PA & ACRD Open Level 1 EOC

March 11 Media Release - City of PA & ACRD COVID-19 Response Plan (Version 1)

March 9 Media Release - City of PA & ACRD Actively Monitoring COVID-19

March 7 Media Release - City of PA & ACRD COVID-19 Update