COVID-19 Information and Resources for Community Members
The Surrey-North Delta Division of Family Practice is here to provide COVID-19 information to members of our community. To begin, please select your area of interest:
Information and Symptoms
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses found mostly in animals. In humans, they can cause diseases ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). The disease caused by the new coronavirus has been named COVID-19. COVID-19 was first identified in late 2019. It was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization in March 2020.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 include:
- sore throat
- difficulty breathing
If you experience any of the above symptoms, please do not visit a clinic, urgent care centre or emergency room unless it's an emergency. If you are unsure whether to seek medical care or get tested, contact your family physician, health care provider or call or send a chat message to the Fraser Health Virtual Care team at 1-800-314-0999 between 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. seven days a week.
Isolation and Testing
If you develop cold, influenza or COVID-19-like symptoms, a COVID-19 test is recommended when a positive or negative result will inform decisions about treatment or care. Testing is recommended for people with symptoms of COVID-19 and who are:
- hospitalized (any age)
- at risk of more severe disease and currently eligible for treatment
Starting November 17, 2022, people who have COVID-19 are no longer required to self-isolate.
If you have symptoms and tested positive for COVID-19, you can manage your illness similar to how you manage other respiratory infections like influenza (flu). Stay home if you feel sick and take prevention measures to limit the spread of infection.
There are still a number of reasons why you should or may be required to self-isolate, such as recent travel or workplace safety requirements.
COVID-19 Prevention (Government of Canada)
When to Get a COVID Test (BCCDC)
Self-Isolation and Self-Monitoring (BCCDC)
COVID-19 Self-Assessment and Self-Isolation Web Page (Healthlink BC)
Self-Isolation Guide (Fraser Health)
Video: Do I Need a Mask? (Dr. Lu)
Seeing a Doctor
Do you have an on-going health concerns that is not related to COVID-19? Family physicians in Surrey-North Delta are still seeing patients.
Call your doctor’s office just as you normally would to book your appointment. Most Family Doctors are now offering in-person appointments, and many are still offering virtual appointments as well. Some doctors’ offices have online booking systems.
Visit the Pathways Virtual Directory to find family physicians currently providing care in our community. If you don't have a Family Doctor or yours in unavailable, view the Where4Care page to learn about other options for accessing health care.
When to Bring Your Child to the Emergency Department (BC Children's)
Anyone over the age of 12 can register for a vaccine. Individuals born in 2009 or earlier (12+) can register online or call 1-833-838-2323 (toll free). The wait time between first and second doses is currently 8 weeks. If you did not register to receive your first dose you must register in order to book your second dose.
To learn more about how to book your vaccine appointment, please click here.
To learn more about the province's immunization plan, please click here.
For teachers or parents
Each school district is required to develop strict health and safety guidelines to support safe learning. 2022-2023 Communicable Disease plans are available for the following school districts:
BCCDC has put together a resource for parents on how families can prevent the spread of COVID-19.