Coronavirus

A nurse attends to a patient at the COVID-19 intensive care unit at Surrey Memorial Hospital, July 2021. (The Canadian Press)

Thousands of B.C. health workers take sick days as COVID-19 spreads

Rural services in Interior, Northern Health closing or reducing hours

A nurse attends to a patient at the COVID-19 intensive care unit at Surrey Memorial Hospital, July 2021. (The Canadian Press)
Chief public health officer of Canada Dr. Theresa Tam speaks during a news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic in Ottawa on Dec. 22, 2020. Tam appeared Tuesday at the House of Commons health committee to answer questions from MPs on the COVID-19 situation in Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Latest research shows Omicron infectious up to 10 days: Tam

Canada still recommends people infected with COVID-19 isolate for at least 10 days

Chief public health officer of Canada Dr. Theresa Tam speaks during a news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic in Ottawa on Dec. 22, 2020. Tam appeared Tuesday at the House of Commons health committee to answer questions from MPs on the COVID-19 situation in Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Fraser Valley Bandits mascot Berry helps out at Maple Ridge COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Haney Place Mall on Tuesday, as a little boy received his jab from pharmacist immunizer Ana Costa. Berry was handing out stickers. (Colleen Flanagan/Maple Ridge News)

B.C. COVID-19 hospital cases rise, but few more in intensive care

Many testing positive after being admitted for other conditions

Fraser Valley Bandits mascot Berry helps out at Maple Ridge COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Haney Place Mall on Tuesday, as a little boy received his jab from pharmacist immunizer Ana Costa. Berry was handing out stickers. (Colleen Flanagan/Maple Ridge News)
Alberta Health Services issued a partial closure order to the Granary Kitchen on Friday, Jan 14, 2022. (Red Deer Advocate)

Alberta restaurant ordered to close after accepting dog photos instead of proof of vaccination

Granary Kitchen owner says it was a staff issue, not restaurant policy

Alberta Health Services issued a partial closure order to the Granary Kitchen on Friday, Jan 14, 2022. (Red Deer Advocate)
A shipment of Pfizer’s antiviral COVID-19 pill, Paxlovid, sits on a pallet on arrival at Ben Gurion International airport near Tel Aviv, Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

A Paxlovid primer: what to know about the new oral antiviral treatment for COVID-19

Here are some answers about the new COVID anti-viral treatment just approved for use in Canada

A shipment of Pfizer’s antiviral COVID-19 pill, Paxlovid, sits on a pallet on arrival at Ben Gurion International airport near Tel Aviv, Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)
Seattle Kraken left wing Jared McCann takes off from center ice to shoot a penalty shot against the Chicago Blackhawks during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Jan. 17, 2022, in Seattle. McCann did not score on this play but the Kraken won 3-2 after a shootout following overtime. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

NHL to stop testing asymptomatic players post-All-Star break

Testing of asymptomatic individuals still needed for crossing the U.S.-Canada border

Seattle Kraken left wing Jared McCann takes off from center ice to shoot a penalty shot against the Chicago Blackhawks during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Jan. 17, 2022, in Seattle. McCann did not score on this play but the Kraken won 3-2 after a shootout following overtime. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Staffing challenges driven by Omicron cases numbers have significantly impacted the ability of Island Health to provide safe, quality care, health authority president Kathy McNeil said. (Black Press Media file photo)

Omicron-driven staffing shortages lead to service interruptions in Island Health facilities

Elective scheduled surgeries postponed again, psychiatric emergency care potentially affected

Staffing challenges driven by Omicron cases numbers have significantly impacted the ability of Island Health to provide safe, quality care, health authority president Kathy McNeil said. (Black Press Media file photo)
A kitten interacts with a human as folks take part in Yoga with Cats on Mats at the Chilliwack Animal Safe Haven, 2019. Indoor yoga, gyms and dance studios have been shut down since before Christmas by a COVID-19 public health order. (Jenna Hauck/Chilliwack Progress)

B.C. reopening gyms, fitness on Thursday with COVID-19 precautions

Spacing required for group and individual workouts, no fans or heaters permitted

A kitten interacts with a human as folks take part in Yoga with Cats on Mats at the Chilliwack Animal Safe Haven, 2019. Indoor yoga, gyms and dance studios have been shut down since before Christmas by a COVID-19 public health order. (Jenna Hauck/Chilliwack Progress)
Fraser Canyon whitewater rafting businesses are among those eligible for support under the B.C. government’s latest tourism and accommodation assistance program. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. hotel, tourism operators offered property tax, hydro assistance

Park-use fees waived for fishing, hunting, rafting, heli-skiing

Fraser Canyon whitewater rafting businesses are among those eligible for support under the B.C. government’s latest tourism and accommodation assistance program. (B.C. government photo)
Registered nurse Cayli Hunt puts on her personal protective equipment prior to entering a COVID positive room in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at St. Paul's hospital in downtown Vancouver, Tuesday, April 21, 2020.  THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. nurses, doctors exhausted as next COVID-19 peak comes this week: spokespeople

B.C. infections may have peaked but there’s a lag between infections and hospitalizations

Registered nurse Cayli Hunt puts on her personal protective equipment prior to entering a COVID positive room in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at St. Paul's hospital in downtown Vancouver, Tuesday, April 21, 2020.  THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Registered nurse Cayli Hunt puts on her personal protective equipment prior to entering a COVID positive room in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at St. Paul's hospital in downtown Vancouver, Tuesday, April 21, 2020.  THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. nurses, doctors exhausted as next COVID-19 peak comes this week: spokespeople

B.C. infections may have peaked but there’s a lag between infections and hospitalizations

Registered nurse Cayli Hunt puts on her personal protective equipment prior to entering a COVID positive room in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at St. Paul's hospital in downtown Vancouver, Tuesday, April 21, 2020.  THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix takes questions about the B.C. Centre for Disease Control’s latest analysis of COVID-19 health impact, Vancouver cabinet offices, Jan. 14, 2022. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. counts 5,625 more COVID-19 cases since Friday, 819 in hospitals

All infections in hospital now counted as coronavirus cases

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix takes questions about the B.C. Centre for Disease Control’s latest analysis of COVID-19 health impact, Vancouver cabinet offices, Jan. 14, 2022. (B.C. government photo)
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Restrictions on B.C. gyms, food and liquor services extended; details expected Tuesday

Province has not provided details on how long the restrictions will now last

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Children walk with their parents to Sherwood Park Elementary in North Vancouver for the first day back-to-school Thursday, September 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. school staff must provide COVID vaccine status following new public health order

New order dated Jan. 17 says that non-identifying info must be provided to medical health officer

Children walk with their parents to Sherwood Park Elementary in North Vancouver for the first day back-to-school Thursday, September 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
The Vancouver Island country music festival Sunfest has been postponed the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Citizen file)

Canadian Live Music Association aims for clarity with live event regulations guide

Each province’s rules for live event gatherings is explored in detail in online guide

The Vancouver Island country music festival Sunfest has been postponed the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Citizen file)
The Canada Post logo is seen on the outside the company’s Pacific Processing Centre, in Richmond, B.C., on June 1, 2017. A claim by Chinese health authorities that the Omicron variant was introduced to a resident of Beijing through a piece of regular mail from Canada is being dismissed as ludicrous. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

China’s claim that Omicron came from Canadian mail dismissed as ‘ludicrous’

Beijing reports 1st local Omicron case last week as Olympics loom in the near horizon

The Canada Post logo is seen on the outside the company’s Pacific Processing Centre, in Richmond, B.C., on June 1, 2017. A claim by Chinese health authorities that the Omicron variant was introduced to a resident of Beijing through a piece of regular mail from Canada is being dismissed as ludicrous. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
People make their way through Pearson International Airport during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto, Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Airlines, airport ask Canada to drop arrivals testing requirement

Lobby: discrepancy between resources allocated to asymptomatic travellers and those needing tests

People make their way through Pearson International Airport during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto, Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Fans take a selfie with a photo of defending champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia ahead of first round matches at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 17, 2022. Djokovic was deported from Australia Sunday, Jan 16, after losing a bid to stay in the country to defend his Australian Open title despite not being vaccinated against COVID-19. (AP Photo/Hamish Blair)

Djokovic lands in Serbia as questions arise over French Open eligibility

Tennis star could be barred under a new French law intended to exclude unvaccinated from stadiums

Fans take a selfie with a photo of defending champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia ahead of first round matches at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 17, 2022. Djokovic was deported from Australia Sunday, Jan 16, after losing a bid to stay in the country to defend his Australian Open title despite not being vaccinated against COVID-19. (AP Photo/Hamish Blair)
B.C. gymnasiums, yoga studios and other indoor fitness facilities have been closed since Dec. 21 as part of COVID-19 public health orders. The current order expires Jan. 18, 2022. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)

B.C. fitness facilities call for COVID-19 closures to be ended

Some defy order, call for evidence that they are a health risk

B.C. gymnasiums, yoga studios and other indoor fitness facilities have been closed since Dec. 21 as part of COVID-19 public health orders. The current order expires Jan. 18, 2022. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)
FILE - This image provided by Pfizer shows the company’s COVID-19 Paxlovid pills. Pfizer’s and Merck’s COVID-19 pills that were supposed to be an important weapon against the pandemic in the U.S. are in short supply and have played little role in the fight against the omicron wave of infections. (Pfizer via AP, File)

Enough Pfizer antiviral to treat 30K people already in Canada; enough for 120K more coming

Clinical trials show Paxlovid can reduce risk of severe disease by 90% if given early

FILE - This image provided by Pfizer shows the company’s COVID-19 Paxlovid pills. Pfizer’s and Merck’s COVID-19 pills that were supposed to be an important weapon against the pandemic in the U.S. are in short supply and have played little role in the fight against the omicron wave of infections. (Pfizer via AP, File)