Coronavirus

Schools reopened for in-person learning across B.C. Tuesday, with masks required for staff and students in grade four and up. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Big jump in B.C. COVID-19 hospitalizations over long weekend

New and active cases start to decline as schools reopen

Schools reopened for in-person learning across B.C. Tuesday, with masks required for staff and students in grade four and up. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A COVID outbreak at Chilliwack’s Heritage Village residential care home has been declared over by Fraser Health. (Google Earth photo)

Fraser Health declares COVID outbreak at Chilliwack care home to be over

The outbreak happened at Heritage Village on Topaz Drive

A COVID outbreak at Chilliwack’s Heritage Village residential care home has been declared over by Fraser Health. (Google Earth photo)
Patrons watch previews before a showing of the film Back to the Future, at Caprice Cinemas, in Surrey, B.C., on Sunday, June 28, 2020. The theatre is part of an independent chain of five movie theatres in B.C., of which four reopened earlier this month with strict physical distancing measures in place including rows of seats closed off and limits on the number of viewers allowed per screening due to COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Here’s what you need to know about B.C.’s new vaccine card

When and where it will be needed along with how to get it

Patrons watch previews before a showing of the film Back to the Future, at Caprice Cinemas, in Surrey, B.C., on Sunday, June 28, 2020. The theatre is part of an independent chain of five movie theatres in B.C., of which four reopened earlier this month with strict physical distancing measures in place including rows of seats closed off and limits on the number of viewers allowed per screening due to COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
President of the BC Teacher’s Federation (BCTF) Teri Mooring is interviewed as she joins teachers who are protesting outside the BC NDP Convention at the Victoria Convention Centre in Victoria, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. The head of the B.C. Teachers Federation says parents and educators are anxious about no longer receiving notices about COVID-19 exposure in schools even as the number of overall cases in the province is expected to rise this fall. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

B.C. teachers, parents want data on COVID-19 in schools to be publicly available

Notices about COVID-19 exposure in schools are not in B.C.’s plans this fall

President of the BC Teacher’s Federation (BCTF) Teri Mooring is interviewed as she joins teachers who are protesting outside the BC NDP Convention at the Victoria Convention Centre in Victoria, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. The head of the B.C. Teachers Federation says parents and educators are anxious about no longer receiving notices about COVID-19 exposure in schools even as the number of overall cases in the province is expected to rise this fall. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
A woman prays in front of the Herron seniors residence Monday April 13, 2020 in Dorval near Montreal's Trudeau airport. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Coroner’s inquest begins into Montreal-area care home where dozens died of COVID-19

Inquest to ‘shed a light’ on the 47 deaths that occurred at Résidence Herron

A woman prays in front of the Herron seniors residence Monday April 13, 2020 in Dorval near Montreal's Trudeau airport. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
FILE - This Jan. 29, 2021, file photo shows the packaging and a container of veterinary ivermectin in Johannesburg, South Africa. Ivermectin, which is produced by a number of drugmakers in various countries, has been used throughout the world for decades to treat infections of parasites in humans and some large animals. Health experts and medical groups are pushing to stamp out the growing use of the drug to treat COVID-19, warning that it can cause harmful side effects and there’s little evidence it helps. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell, File)

Efforts grow to stamp out use of parasite drug for COVID-19

U.S. health officials have seen a surge in prescriptions this summer

FILE - This Jan. 29, 2021, file photo shows the packaging and a container of veterinary ivermectin in Johannesburg, South Africa. Ivermectin, which is produced by a number of drugmakers in various countries, has been used throughout the world for decades to treat infections of parasites in humans and some large animals. Health experts and medical groups are pushing to stamp out the growing use of the drug to treat COVID-19, warning that it can cause harmful side effects and there’s little evidence it helps. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell, File)
B.C. Premier John Horgan and Health Minister Adrian Dix announce vaccine card program at the B.C. legislature, Aug. 23, 2021. (B.C. government photo)

Phone bank, website launched for B.C. COVID-19 vaccine card

‘Our way of keeping society going in the next few months’

B.C. Premier John Horgan and Health Minister Adrian Dix announce vaccine card program at the B.C. legislature, Aug. 23, 2021. (B.C. government photo)
Six Vernon immigrants share who they miss most in Vernon and District Immigrant and Community Services Society’s new video campaign. (VDISS)

Video campaign aimed at Canada’s newcomers hopes to boost COVID-19 vaccination rates

Local immigrants ask the question ‘Who do you miss?’ in vaccine awareness videos

Six Vernon immigrants share who they miss most in Vernon and District Immigrant and Community Services Society’s new video campaign. (VDISS)
Menno Home in Abbotsford. (Google Street View)

UPDATE: COVID-19 outbreak at Menno Home in Abbotsford up to 34 cases

Those who are vaccinated are experiencing ‘relatively mild’ symptoms, says care home

Menno Home in Abbotsford. (Google Street View)
Image of B.C. health ministry web page that links to COVID-19 vaccine record. Link in story below. (B.C. government)

B.C. COVID-19 vaccine cards available online, details coming today

Weddings, art classes to require proof of vaccination on Sept. 13

Image of B.C. health ministry web page that links to COVID-19 vaccine record. Link in story below. (B.C. government)
A family visits across the U.S.-Canada border at the Peace Arch Historical State Park as a cyclist rides past on the Canadian side, Monday, Aug. 9, 2021, in Blaine, Wash. A month after easing border restrictions for American citizens, Canada is following suit for other international travellers. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Feds ease travel restrictions for fully vaccinated foreign nationals

Latest wave of vaccinated visitors to Canada expected to be arriving primarily by air

A family visits across the U.S.-Canada border at the Peace Arch Historical State Park as a cyclist rides past on the Canadian side, Monday, Aug. 9, 2021, in Blaine, Wash. A month after easing border restrictions for American citizens, Canada is following suit for other international travellers. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Doctors and nurses gathered outside the emergency room at Nelson’s Kootenay Lake Hospital on Friday evening as local police and firefighters paraded by to show support. Photo: Tyler Harper

‘A kick in the teeth’: B.C. doctors, nurses react to anti-vaccine passport protests

Local health care workers are critical of demonstrations held in their name

Doctors and nurses gathered outside the emergency room at Nelson’s Kootenay Lake Hospital on Friday evening as local police and firefighters paraded by to show support. Photo: Tyler Harper
A diner at Bartaco uses their app to order an item off the menu, at the restaurant in Arlington, Va., on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. The restaurant is using an automated app for ordering and payments. Instead of servers they use “food runners” to get the food to the tables. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Do we need humans for that job? Automation booms after COVID

Ideally, automation can redeploy workers into better and more interesting work

A diner at Bartaco uses their app to order an item off the menu, at the restaurant in Arlington, Va., on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. The restaurant is using an automated app for ordering and payments. Instead of servers they use “food runners” to get the food to the tables. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam listens to a question during a news conference, in Ottawa, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. Canada’s chief public health officer says there is an urgent need for more people between 18 and 39 to get vaccinated against COVID-19 to reduce the impact of the Delta variant. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Canada could see above 15K daily COVID-19 cases by October: PHAC

It is critical to get 80 per cent of all eligible Canadians fully vaccinated as soon as possible: Tam

Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam listens to a question during a news conference, in Ottawa, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. Canada’s chief public health officer says there is an urgent need for more people between 18 and 39 to get vaccinated against COVID-19 to reduce the impact of the Delta variant. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Natasha Koifman, the founder of the public relations firm NKPR, poses for a photograph in the backyard of her home in Toronto, on Thursday, August 19, 2021. When Sept. 11 comes, Koifman’s backyard will be awash with chatter and music as up to 100 guests gather for an elegant dinner meant to raise funds for Haitians to access education. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin

Return of events pushes hosts to address vaccination, COVID tests and masks

Different events are deciding on different pandemic measures

Natasha Koifman, the founder of the public relations firm NKPR, poses for a photograph in the backyard of her home in Toronto, on Thursday, August 19, 2021. When Sept. 11 comes, Koifman’s backyard will be awash with chatter and music as up to 100 guests gather for an elegant dinner meant to raise funds for Haitians to access education. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin
B.C. has reached 85 per cent of eligible people with at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C.’s COVID-19 spread slows to 671 Friday, hospital cases still rising

Three more deaths, one more senior care home outbreak

B.C. has reached 85 per cent of eligible people with at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A majority of parents are comfortable sending their kids back to school for in-class learning according to a new Angus Reid survey.(Black Press file photo).

Majority of B.C. parents comfortable with kids back in schools: poll

Angus Reid survey says nine in ten parents prefer in-class learning versus online

A majority of parents are comfortable sending their kids back to school for in-class learning according to a new Angus Reid survey.(Black Press file photo).
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney listens as the 2021 budget is delivered in Edmonton Alta, on Feb. 25, 2021. Kenney says he remains confident in Alberta’s decision to lift COVID-19 safety measures — despite growing concerns from physicians. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Alberta announces $100 gift card as incentive to get fully vaccinated

The province is facing a surge in COVID-19 cases fuelled by the Delta variant

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney listens as the 2021 budget is delivered in Edmonton Alta, on Feb. 25, 2021. Kenney says he remains confident in Alberta’s decision to lift COVID-19 safety measures — despite growing concerns from physicians. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
B.C.’s top health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has reversed her position on requiring proof of vaccine for indoor entertainment and sports, as the province copes with an unexpected summer surge in COVID-19 transmission. (B.C. government photo)

COVID-19 entertainment passports a ‘nudge’ for vaccine ‘complacent’

B.C. vaccination cards not needed for fast food, takeout dining

B.C.’s top health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has reversed her position on requiring proof of vaccine for indoor entertainment and sports, as the province copes with an unexpected summer surge in COVID-19 transmission. (B.C. government photo)
In this Aug. 14, 2020, file photo, an NHL logo is displayed as Washington Capitals players skate prior to NHL Eastern Conference Stanley Cup playoff hockey game against the New York Islanders in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

NHL to punish unvaccinated players more harshly this season

Teams were informed this week of the rules for 2021-22

In this Aug. 14, 2020, file photo, an NHL logo is displayed as Washington Capitals players skate prior to NHL Eastern Conference Stanley Cup playoff hockey game against the New York Islanders in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)