Coronavirus

Council of Yukon First Nations Grand Chief Peter Johnston holds up a COVID-19 rapid test kit, December 2021. B.C. is also using self-administered rapid tests for remote and Indigenous communities, and expects to have tests available for parents and school staff by mid-January. (CYFN/Facebook)

COVID-19 business plans ordered reinstated for all B.C. companies

Nine more deaths, hospitalizations and ICU up again Friday

Council of Yukon First Nations Grand Chief Peter Johnston holds up a COVID-19 rapid test kit, December 2021. B.C. is also using self-administered rapid tests for remote and Indigenous communities, and expects to have tests available for parents and school staff by mid-January. (CYFN/Facebook)
People aged 12 to 59 years old were 25 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 if they were unvaccinated, according to PHAC’s data between Nov. 7 and Dec. 4, 2021. (Black Press file photo).

Canada’s health minister says more provincial vaccine mandates likely

Jean-Yves Duclos said such a measure is not currently being contemplated in Canada

People aged 12 to 59 years old were 25 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 if they were unvaccinated, according to PHAC’s data between Nov. 7 and Dec. 4, 2021. (Black Press file photo).
Advocates say front-line supermarket workers are facing the biggest risks due to COVID. (contributed photo)

Pressure mounting for grocers to bring back ‘hero pay’ amid Omicron surge

Advocates calling for reinstatement of pay bump due to increasing COVID concerns

Advocates say front-line supermarket workers are facing the biggest risks due to COVID. (contributed photo)
Skiers on the Boomerang Chair at Fernie Alpine Resort. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

High elevation, high numbers: B.C. resort towns report COVID spikes

Resort communities are at more risk, according to Dr. Karin Goodison of Interior Health

Skiers on the Boomerang Chair at Fernie Alpine Resort. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
An arena worker removes the net from the ice after the Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames NHL hockey game was postponed due to a positive COVID-19 test result, in Vancouver, B.C., Wednesday, March 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

NHL postpones Saturday’s Canucks-Senators game over ongoing capacity limit

Neither the Canucks (16-15-3) nor the Sens (9-18-2) have played since Jan. 1

An arena worker removes the net from the ice after the Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames NHL hockey game was postponed due to a positive COVID-19 test result, in Vancouver, B.C., Wednesday, March 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and B.C. Education Minister Jennifer Whiteside speak about COVID-19 measures in B.C. schools at the Vancouver cabinet offices, Dec. 29, 2021. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. to deploy rapid COVID-19 tests for school staff when they arrive

Expansion to students with symptoms depends on supply: Henry

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and B.C. Education Minister Jennifer Whiteside speak about COVID-19 measures in B.C. schools at the Vancouver cabinet offices, Dec. 29, 2021. (B.C. government photo)
Troy Weppler, shown in this handout image, who lives in Saskatoon, says he sent a box of five rapid tests to family in British Columbia because they were unable to get any in that province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO

‘Why do I feel so guilty?’ Saskatchewan residents sending rapid tests out of province

It’s puzzling for most people elsewhere in Canada where the demand for tests vastly outweighs supply

Troy Weppler, shown in this handout image, who lives in Saskatoon, says he sent a box of five rapid tests to family in British Columbia because they were unable to get any in that province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO
Ambulance workers transport a patient to the emergency room as hospitalizations continue to rise due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in Montreal, Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022. Canada's chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam says the Omicron variant is causing an "enormous" volume of COVID-19 cases, but severe illness is not rising at the same rate. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Omicron causes ‘enormous’ caseload, but severe illness not rising at same rate: Tam

Daily counts 400 per cent higher than third wave peak, severe illness not spiking in same way

Ambulance workers transport a patient to the emergency room as hospitalizations continue to rise due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in Montreal, Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022. Canada's chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam says the Omicron variant is causing an "enormous" volume of COVID-19 cases, but severe illness is not rising at the same rate. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Lycah Frugal, 4, is held by her father Bernardo, as she gets her COVID-19 vaccination at a clinic Friday, November 26, 2021 as the campaign to vaccinate children aged 5-11 continues in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Pediatrician urges parents to have COVID talk with their health provider

UBC professor says national vaccination rate among children aged five to 11 is too low

Lycah Frugal, 4, is held by her father Bernardo, as she gets her COVID-19 vaccination at a clinic Friday, November 26, 2021 as the campaign to vaccinate children aged 5-11 continues in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Sparwood mayor David Wilks. (File photo)

‘We don’t have the capacity’: East Kootenay Mayor takes aim at COVID health orders

With limited resources, local governments and private businesses are under too much strain from public health orders according to Sparwood Mayor David Wilks

Sparwood mayor David Wilks. (File photo)
Protestors gather outside an immigration detention hotel where Serbia’s Novak Djokovic is believed to stay, in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. Locked in a dispute over his COVID-19 vaccination status, Djokovic was confined to the immigration detention hotel in Australia on Thursday as the No. 1 men’s tennis player in the world awaited a court ruling on whether he can compete in the Australian Open later this month. (AP Photo/Hamish Blair)

Unvaccinated tennis star spends his Christmas in immigration detention

Novak Djokovic battling deportation over COVID-19 rules to compete in the Australian Open

Protestors gather outside an immigration detention hotel where Serbia’s Novak Djokovic is believed to stay, in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. Locked in a dispute over his COVID-19 vaccination status, Djokovic was confined to the immigration detention hotel in Australia on Thursday as the No. 1 men’s tennis player in the world awaited a court ruling on whether he can compete in the Australian Open later this month. (AP Photo/Hamish Blair)
Island Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at the Clover Point Care long-term care home in Victoria. (Google StreetView)

New COVID outbreak declared at Victoria long-term home

More cases also announced at Victoria and Nanaimo facilities with existing outbreaks

Island Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at the Clover Point Care long-term care home in Victoria. (Google StreetView)
Vaccine clinic at Archie Browning Sports Centre in Esquimalt opens on Jan. 7. B.C. health authorities are reopening community vaccination centres as booster shots and vaccination for children aged 5-11 continue. (Bailey Moreton/Goldstream News)

B.C. records 3,223 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, more in ICU

Hospital cases creep up as official active cases pass 31,000

Vaccine clinic at Archie Browning Sports Centre in Esquimalt opens on Jan. 7. B.C. health authorities are reopening community vaccination centres as booster shots and vaccination for children aged 5-11 continue. (Bailey Moreton/Goldstream News)
Canada’s Keegan Messing reacts to the crowd after performing his men’s free program during the Skate Canada International figure skating competition, in Vancouver, on Saturday, October 30, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

COVID-19 spectre hangs over Canada’s Olympic figure skating trials in Ottawa

Canada’s top figure skaters will begin their quest for a spot on the Beijing Olympic team on Friday

Canada’s Keegan Messing reacts to the crowd after performing his men’s free program during the Skate Canada International figure skating competition, in Vancouver, on Saturday, October 30, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A resident at Langley Lodge, one of B.C.’s senior care homes. (Troy Landreville/Langley Advance Times)

Loved ones turned away from B.C. senior homes, advocate says

‘Essential’ still at discretion of care home administrators

A resident at Langley Lodge, one of B.C.’s senior care homes. (Troy Landreville/Langley Advance Times)
Prince Rupert Fire Rescue department was affected by numerous staff contracting COVID-19. As of Jan. 6, eight members of the detachment out of 20 remain off work. (Photo: K-J Millar/The Northern View)

8 of 20 in isolation as Prince Rupert Fire Rescue hit by COVID-19

City reassures community essential fire protection will still be provided

Prince Rupert Fire Rescue department was affected by numerous staff contracting COVID-19. As of Jan. 6, eight members of the detachment out of 20 remain off work. (Photo: K-J Millar/The Northern View)
Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole speaks during a news conference responding to the federal government’s COVID-19 response, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Erin O’Toole pushes for unvaccinated Canadians to be accommodated amid Omicron wave

O’Toole came out as opposed to vaccine mandates during last year’s election campaign

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole speaks during a news conference responding to the federal government’s COVID-19 response, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
People wait in line at a COVID-19 testing and vaccination site in Montreal, Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Staffing challenges from surging COVID-19 cases affecting public services

Quebec health officials reported another 1,953 COVID-19 hospitalizations Thursday

People wait in line at a COVID-19 testing and vaccination site in Montreal, Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
COVID-19 testing site at Victoria Conference Centre. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)

COVID-19 test demands lead to threats against B.C. health staff

‘If you do not have symptoms you don’t need to be tested’

COVID-19 testing site at Victoria Conference Centre. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
Shelley Robinson says a lack of callback for a COVID-19 PCR test appointment from Island Health has left her feeling scared and unsupported. (Courtesy of Shelley Robinson)

Langford woman with cystic fibrosis critical of Island’s COVID testing process

No callback for PCR test appoinment after five days, despite vulnerable health status

Shelley Robinson says a lack of callback for a COVID-19 PCR test appointment from Island Health has left her feeling scared and unsupported. (Courtesy of Shelley Robinson)