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COVID-19 resources

For COVID-19 resources, please click "+" on desired category below.

For patients, families and caregivers

Caregivers, care partners and individuals supporting patients are a fundamental and critical part of our community. The COVID-19 pandemic has increased certain challenges for our caregivers. Here is a resource package from the National Caregiver Recognition Working Group specifically focused on COVID-19.

If you are caring for or living with someone who has COVID-19 or has respiratory symptoms suspected to be due to COVID, you are considered a 'close contact'. You will be given special instructions about how to monitor your own health, what to do if you start to feel sick and who to contact. Be sure to tell health-care providers if you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19. For more information, read our Guide for caregivers and household members of those with COVID-19.


Current information suggests that older people with chronic health conditions are at higher risk of developing more severe illness or complications. Learn more on the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC website and download the Q&A for people at higher risk of developing severe complications.


It is important that you have a conversation with your loved ones and health-care provider about advance care planning while you are healthy. Our Advance care planning resources and the BC Centre for Palliative Care’s step-by-step guide to advance care planning can be helpful guides to these conversations.

You can also prepare for conversations about health during the pandemicusing this worksheet.


Temporary COVID-19 Emergency Meal Maps will be regularly updated as new information from organizations is obtained. Confirm with organizations on the dates and times of service as this information can change quickly.


For COVID-19 resources developed by the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) and Indigenous Services Canada, please visit the Indigenous resources page. For translated FAQs in Chinese, Punjabi, Farsi, French and Spanish, please visit the BCCDC website.

Hospitals & long-term care homes

For life-threatening illnesses or injuries, call 911 or go the Emergency Department to be assessed and treated immediately. Find more information on where to access care for your health concerns.


As we restart health-care services, keeping you safe continues to be our top priority. Across Vancouver Coastal Health, our infection prevention and control standards are in place to protect our patients, clients, staff and physicians.

Learn about what you can expect at your upcoming appointment or procedure.

Coming to the hospital: what to bring?

Pack a small bag of essential items, such as the ones listed here:

  • Phone/tablet and charger

  • Earphones for phone/tablet

  • Personal toiletries

  • Notepad/pen

  • Night guard

  • Ear Plugs

  • Hearing aid(s)/batteries

  • Book or magazine

  • Eyeglasses/case

  • Names and phone numbers of emergency contacts

  • List of your medications/supplements

  • Healthcare card 

Visit the staying in the hospital page for more information.

Learn about the VCH policies around visiting our hospitals and care homes

This activity guide was created to help people who have been hospitalized with COVID-19 continue to recover at home.

  • Outside telephone calls can be made from the hospital unit/ward to families or loved ones. Please contact the ward staff for more information.

  • Patients can bring their personal devices (and chargers) to help them stay connected during their stay at the hospital. When patients do not have access to their own personal device, assistance may be provided.

  • Well Wishes is a free service that allows you to stay in touch with friends and family staying at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH), UBC Hospital, Lions Gate Hospital, Richmond Hospital and GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre. Visit our send well wishes page to get started.

  • Long-term care staff can assist with communication to residents. Please call the individual facility for more information.

Posters, graphics and handouts

For translated materials in Chinese, Punjabi, Farsi, and French, please visit the BCCDC website. For staff, find more COVID-19 posters, graphics and handouts on the intranet.

Social media



For translated videos in Cantonese, Mandarin, and American sign language (ASL), please visit the BCCDC website.

Enjoy your summer safely. Check out these guides for having COVID safe summer and reducing the risk of transmission for yourself, others, and your community.


Visit our FAQ section

Part of a beer league, co-ed or rec sports? Or just getting some friends together for a game? If you play, follow these guidelines:

  1. If you’re sick, stay home.

  2. Stick to small groups of 6 people or less.

  3. Wash or sanitize your hands often, including when you arrive, before you play, and during breaks.

  4. Play with people you know. Make sure you have contact details for everyone there.

  5. Follow posted safety instructions at public facilities. Don’t use facilities that are marked as closed.

  6. Stay 2 metres away from one another and stick to non-contact activities only. No handshakes, high fives, or hugs.

  7. If you belong to an organized sports team, follow the COVID-19 guidelines set by your league.

  8. Avoid sharing equipment. Bring your own clearly marked gloves, balls, racquets, waterbottles, etc. If you must share balls, disinfect before, during and after use.

Go team go!


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