Coronavirus

A B.C. COVID-19 testing station on Oct. 8. (Fraser Health photo)

B.C.’s COVID-19 infections level at 1,446 for Tuesday, one death

Hospitalization also stable, up to 144 people in ICU

 

Fraser Health registered nurse Ramn Manan draws a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe at a walk-up vaccination clinic at Bear Creek Park, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, May 17, 2021. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization now recommends immunocompromised kids between the ages of five and 11 be offered a third dose of an mRNA vaccine to protect them against COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Kids should get the COVID-19 shot, and an extra for the immunocompromised: NACI

Health advisory committee strengthening its endorsement of vaccination

 

There were 307,205 deaths in Canada in 2020, representing a 7.7 per cent increase from 2019. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

StatCan: COVID-19 led to more than half-a-year drop in life expectancy in 2020

National life expectancy was 81.7 years for those born in 2020

 

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry described B.C.’s latest COVID-19 analysis and modelling at the B.C. legislature, Jan. 14, 2022. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. vaccine card order extended to June 30 as Omicron spreads

Youth sports tournaments allowed to resume on Feb. 1

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry described B.C.’s latest COVID-19 analysis and modelling at the B.C. legislature, Jan. 14, 2022. (B.C. government photo)
Supporters cheered on a procession of trucks on Sunday morning, Jan. 23, as they passed through Langley en route to Ottawa to protest vaccine mandates. (Langley Advance Times file)

GoFundMe says funds for ‘freedom convoy’ of B.C. truckers opposed to vaccine mandates will be ‘safely held’

‘Part of our standard process to ensure the protection of all donors’ spokesperson says

Supporters cheered on a procession of trucks on Sunday morning, Jan. 23, as they passed through Langley en route to Ottawa to protest vaccine mandates. (Langley Advance Times file)
Seven-year-old Mabel Limdao is held by her father William as Dr. Kevin Evelyn of UHN gives her a COVID-19 vaccine at a “Kids and Families Vaccine Clinic” operated by Black Creek Community Health Centre and hosted by Jane and Finch EarlyON child and Family Centre in the Jane and Finch Mall in Toronto. One member of the COVID-19 Immunity Task Force says the timing of the Omicron outbreak in Canada may have hurt the uptake of pediatric vaccines to fight the virus, just when kids need them most. (File photo by The Canadian Press)

Kids’ vaccine rate still low despite rampant spread of Omicron variant

In the two months since approval, 51 per cent of kids between 5 and 11 have had at least one dose

Seven-year-old Mabel Limdao is held by her father William as Dr. Kevin Evelyn of UHN gives her a COVID-19 vaccine at a “Kids and Families Vaccine Clinic” operated by Black Creek Community Health Centre and hosted by Jane and Finch EarlyON child and Family Centre in the Jane and Finch Mall in Toronto. One member of the COVID-19 Immunity Task Force says the timing of the Omicron outbreak in Canada may have hurt the uptake of pediatric vaccines to fight the virus, just when kids need them most. (File photo by The Canadian Press)
Supporters cheered on a procession of trucks on Sunday morning, Jan. 23, as they passed through Langley en route to Ottawa to protest a requirement that cross-border drivers must be vaccinated or quarantine for 14 days.. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Alberta-based Maverick party denies involvement in fund raising for ‘freedom convoy’

Governing council member and secretary organized fundraiser for truckers opposed to vaccine mandate

Supporters cheered on a procession of trucks on Sunday morning, Jan. 23, as they passed through Langley en route to Ottawa to protest a requirement that cross-border drivers must be vaccinated or quarantine for 14 days.. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix at a COVID-19 briefing from the cabinet offices in Vancouver, Jan. 18, 2022. (B.C. government photo)

B.C.’s COVID-19 infection rate continues to slow, 24 more deaths

Daily confirmed cases drop below 2,000 over weekend

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix at a COVID-19 briefing from the cabinet offices in Vancouver, Jan. 18, 2022. (B.C. government photo)
Simon Fraser University students staged a protest as the university returned to in-person learning Monday, Jan. 24, 2022. (SFU Student Walkout)

SFU students stage walkout over return to in-class learning as Omicron continues to spread

More than 4,400 people have signed a petition calling on university to allow online learning

Simon Fraser University students staged a protest as the university returned to in-person learning Monday, Jan. 24, 2022. (SFU Student Walkout)
Truckers and supporters raise their fists and hold a banner before a cross-country convoy destined for Ottawa to protest a federal vaccine mandate for truckers departed in Delta, B.C. on Sunday, January 23, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Trucker convoy raises millions in funds as vaccine-hesitant supporters flock to cause

‘Freedom Convoy’ says it has raised more than $3.5 million from some 46,500 donors

Truckers and supporters raise their fists and hold a banner before a cross-country convoy destined for Ottawa to protest a federal vaccine mandate for truckers departed in Delta, B.C. on Sunday, January 23, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Kristen Arnold with Cowichan Valley Memorial Midget C Hockey Tournament memorabilia. (File photo by Don Bodger)

Cowichan Valley memorial hockey tournament cancelled again

Uncertainty of COVID restrictions cut it too close for Midget event to proceed

Kristen Arnold with Cowichan Valley Memorial Midget C Hockey Tournament memorabilia. (File photo by Don Bodger)
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B.C. doctors ask employers to stop requiring sick notes amid pandemic staffing challenges

Doctors say the notes place unnecessary burden on already busy medical system

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Truckers and supporters raise their fists and hold a banner before a cross-country convoy destined for Ottawa to protest a federal vaccine mandate for truckers departed in Delta, B.C. on Sunday, January 23, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Canadian Trucking Alliance condemns protests by unvaccinated truckers

Website run by protest organizers says convoys of demonstrators are to hit the road in British Columbia

Truckers and supporters raise their fists and hold a banner before a cross-country convoy destined for Ottawa to protest a federal vaccine mandate for truckers departed in Delta, B.C. on Sunday, January 23, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Several hundred demonstrators lined Hwy. 1 and the 264th St. overpass in Aldergrove Sunday morning, Jan, 23, to show support for a convoy of truckers protesting a vaccine mandate. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Crowd of supporters greets anti-vaccine-mandate truck convoy as it leaves Vancouver for Ottawa

Protest against policy requiring truckers who cross the border to be vaccinated or face quarantine

Several hundred demonstrators lined Hwy. 1 and the 264th St. overpass in Aldergrove Sunday morning, Jan, 23, to show support for a convoy of truckers protesting a vaccine mandate. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
A single vehicle heads into the U.S. at the quiet Peace Arch border crossing Monday, Aug. 9, 2021, in Blaine, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

All Canadians entering the U.S. must be vaccinated against COVID-19: DHS

Land border rules now align with those for air travel in the U.S.

A single vehicle heads into the U.S. at the quiet Peace Arch border crossing Monday, Aug. 9, 2021, in Blaine, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
FILE Students walk through a corridor at the relocated New Westminster Secondary School, in New Westminster, B.C., on Thursday, October 14, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Staffing shortages, COVID-19 lead to postponement of B.C. provincial exams

Education ministry assures students that postponement will not affect university admissions

FILE Students walk through a corridor at the relocated New Westminster Secondary School, in New Westminster, B.C., on Thursday, October 14, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Transport trucks approach the Canada/USA border crossing in Windsor, Ont. on Saturday, March 21, 2020. Findings from an industry survey show that most in-house trucking fleets do not have a COVID-19 vaccine mandate, despite an impending inoculation requirement from the federal government. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Rob Gurdebeke

Truckers should have done more to prepare for vaccine mandate, experts say

26,000 of the 160,000 drivers who make regular trips across the Canada-U.S. border sidelined

Transport trucks approach the Canada/USA border crossing in Windsor, Ont. on Saturday, March 21, 2020. Findings from an industry survey show that most in-house trucking fleets do not have a COVID-19 vaccine mandate, despite an impending inoculation requirement from the federal government. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Rob Gurdebeke
Daily COVID-19 cases reported to B.C. public health, to Jan. 19, 2022. Seven-day moving average in white. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)

B.C. reports 2,364 more COVID-19 cases, 9 deaths Friday

Hospital, intensive care cases still rising

Daily COVID-19 cases reported to B.C. public health, to Jan. 19, 2022. Seven-day moving average in white. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry looks on as Health Minister Adrian Dix speaks during a COVID-19 update press conference in Victoria, Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021. Guidance on the home management of COVID-19 symptoms and decisions about who should self-isolate and for how long could dominate the Friday pandemic update with British Columbia's health minister and top doctor. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Change to shorter isolation period part of managing COVID-19 in B.C.: top doctor

British Columbia’s top doctor says the current wave of COVID-19 is causing…

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry looks on as Health Minister Adrian Dix speaks during a COVID-19 update press conference in Victoria, Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021. Guidance on the home management of COVID-19 symptoms and decisions about who should self-isolate and for how long could dominate the Friday pandemic update with British Columbia's health minister and top doctor. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
A man holds a 3M N95 respirator. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

BC Liquor Distribution Branch provides each employee with 15 high-grade masks

Union representing LDB workers calls the move a huge win for health and safety

A man holds a 3M N95 respirator. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld