Coronavirus

Ravi Kahlon, B.C. Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation, has his provincial COVID-19 vaccine card scanned by White Spot restaurant general manager Bill Warwick, before having breakfast in Delta, B.C., on Wednesday, September 15, 2021. Homeless and vulnerable people in British Columbia are being offered cash to take the COVID-19 vaccine using their identification. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Vulnerable in B.C. and Alberta approached to take COVID-19 vaccines for others

Vancouver Coastal Health said people asked to get vaccinated using another’s name and information

Ravi Kahlon, B.C. Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation, has his provincial COVID-19 vaccine card scanned by White Spot restaurant general manager Bill Warwick, before having breakfast in Delta, B.C., on Wednesday, September 15, 2021. Homeless and vulnerable people in British Columbia are being offered cash to take the COVID-19 vaccine using their identification. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
People line up to receive a COVID-19 test in Kirkland, west of Montreal, Friday, December 24, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Omicron upends mathematical models tracking COVID

Everything from who gets tested to who’s most likely to contract the virus has changed

People line up to receive a COVID-19 test in Kirkland, west of Montreal, Friday, December 24, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announce expansion of COVID-19 booster shots to pharmacies, Victoria, Dec. 14, 2021. (B.C. government photo)

B.C.’s records record-high COVID-19 hospitalizations with 534 on Thursday

7 more deaths, five more outbreaks in health care

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announce expansion of COVID-19 booster shots to pharmacies, Victoria, Dec. 14, 2021. (B.C. government photo)
The sun sets over Iqaluit, Nunavut, on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Emma Tranter

Nunavut to lift COVID-19 lockdown Monday

Chief public health officer says Nunavut schools will also open on Jan. 24 for in-person learning

The sun sets over Iqaluit, Nunavut, on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Emma Tranter
Julie MacArthur, expecting twins as soon as March, is among a group of pregnant Greater Victoria people who fought to get a booster shot earlier than six months after their second vaccination, and ahead of giving birth. (Courtesy of Julie MacArthur)

B.C. shortens wait between second, third vaccine doses for pregnant people

Pregnant women tell Black Press Media previous policy left them fighting for earlier shots

Julie MacArthur, expecting twins as soon as March, is among a group of pregnant Greater Victoria people who fought to get a booster shot earlier than six months after their second vaccination, and ahead of giving birth. (Courtesy of Julie MacArthur)
Courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Evidence suggests B.C.’s Omicron wave may soon fade

However, any current dip in epidemic curve likely artifact of underreporting and under-detection

Courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Transport trucks approach the Canada/USA border crossing in Windsor, Ont. on Saturday, March 21, 2020. Only days before Canadian truck drivers were required to be fully vaccinated to get into the country or face quarantine, the federal government is backing away from the vaccine mandate. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Rob Gurdebeke

Ottawa to go ahead with trucker vaccine mandate after stating it would scrap it

American drivers will be turned away at the border unless they’ve been inoculated

Transport trucks approach the Canada/USA border crossing in Windsor, Ont. on Saturday, March 21, 2020. Only days before Canadian truck drivers were required to be fully vaccinated to get into the country or face quarantine, the federal government is backing away from the vaccine mandate. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Rob Gurdebeke
Paramedics transfer a patient to a hospital in Montreal, on Monday, January 10, 2022. With COVID-19 cases putting Canada’s hospitals at or near capacity, Quebec’s unprecedented plan to tax adult residents who refuse to be vaccinated against the virus is coming under fire. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

PM needs more info on Quebec’s no-vax tax, Ottawa struggles to deliver rapid tests

Quebec has reassured feds plan won’t violate the principles of the Canada Health Act

Paramedics transfer a patient to a hospital in Montreal, on Monday, January 10, 2022. With COVID-19 cases putting Canada’s hospitals at or near capacity, Quebec’s unprecedented plan to tax adult residents who refuse to be vaccinated against the virus is coming under fire. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
File - Students attend the first day of school for the 2021-2022 year at Gounod Lavoisier Primary school, Lille, northern France, Thursday, Sept. 2 2021. Less than two weeks after the winter term started, French teachers are already exhausted by the pressures of surging COVID-19 cases and they are walking out in nationwide strike organized by their unions to protest virus-linked class disruptions and ever-changing isolation rules. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler, File)

Teachers in France go on strike over handling of pandemic

Teachers want clarifications on rules and more protection

File - Students attend the first day of school for the 2021-2022 year at Gounod Lavoisier Primary school, Lille, northern France, Thursday, Sept. 2 2021. Less than two weeks after the winter term started, French teachers are already exhausted by the pressures of surging COVID-19 cases and they are walking out in nationwide strike organized by their unions to protest virus-linked class disruptions and ever-changing isolation rules. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler, File)
Island Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Dufferin Place long-term care home next to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. (News Bulletin file photo)

9 Vancouver Island long-term care homes dealing with COVID-19 outbreak

Nanaimo’s Dufferin Place added to Island Health’s list of active outbreaks

Island Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Dufferin Place long-term care home next to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. (News Bulletin file photo)
B.C.’s provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says COVID-19 restrictions are likely to remain in place for some time as high infection rates continue. (B.C. government photo)

500 in B.C. hospitals Wednesday as rapid COVID-19 spread continues

More than 36,000 active cases, 6 more deaths confirmed

B.C.’s provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says COVID-19 restrictions are likely to remain in place for some time as high infection rates continue. (B.C. government photo)
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney speaks after the United Conservative Party annual meeting in Calgary on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Larry MacDougal

Alberta premier says he won’t follow Quebec plan to levy fee on COVID-19 unvaccinated

Kenney says despite greater burden, making the unvaccinated pay extra would not be fair

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney speaks after the United Conservative Party annual meeting in Calgary on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Larry MacDougal
Minister of Health Jean-Yves Duclos speaks during a press conference in Ottawa on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Provinces clamour for rapid tests while feds struggle to deliver millions promised

Duclos says at-home antigen tests have become a crucial tool in fifth wave of pandemic

Minister of Health Jean-Yves Duclos speaks during a press conference in Ottawa on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
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Kent Institution outbreak grows to more than 60 COVID-19 cases

41 inmates have tested positive for COVID-19 in recent outbreak

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Ronald McDonald House to ban unvaccinated families, visitors; alternate housing to be found

Organization provides a place to stay and other supports for families with sick children

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B.C. Jobs Minister Ravi Kahlon announced that businesses can apply for COVID-19 Relief Grants on Jan. 12, 2022. (BC Government/YouTube)

B.C. businesses closed by COVID orders can now apply for relief grants

Program opens just six days before public health order is set to expire

B.C. Jobs Minister Ravi Kahlon announced that businesses can apply for COVID-19 Relief Grants on Jan. 12, 2022. (BC Government/YouTube)
COVID-19 vaccines are administered at mass vaccination clinic run by Switch Health in Mississauga, Ont., Friday, Dec. 24, 2021. Federal COVID-19 vaccine contracts signed last year mean Canada is in line to get enough doses to give two or three more mRNA shots to every Canada every year until at least 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Canada has contracts for up to 100 million Pfizer, Moderna doses in 2022

Contracts in place for more than two doses per person, per year

COVID-19 vaccines are administered at mass vaccination clinic run by Switch Health in Mississauga, Ont., Friday, Dec. 24, 2021. Federal COVID-19 vaccine contracts signed last year mean Canada is in line to get enough doses to give two or three more mRNA shots to every Canada every year until at least 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
A patch is seen on a member of the Canadian Armed Forces at Residence Yvon-Brunet, a long-term care home in Montreal, on Saturday, April 18, 2020. The Canadian Armed Forces says its medical personnel have been stretched to the limit during the pandemic, suggesting it can offer little help to provincial health care systems overwhelmed by the Omicron variant of COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Military struggling with shortage of medical personnel as provinces look for help

Forces have a lack of capacity with all the competing demands that are being placed upon them

A patch is seen on a member of the Canadian Armed Forces at Residence Yvon-Brunet, a long-term care home in Montreal, on Saturday, April 18, 2020. The Canadian Armed Forces says its medical personnel have been stretched to the limit during the pandemic, suggesting it can offer little help to provincial health care systems overwhelmed by the Omicron variant of COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Dr. Richard Stanwick speaks inside the new vaccine clinic at Archie Browning Sports Centre on Jan. 6. His retirement as Island Health chief medical health officer has been delayed by a month in the face of unprecedented COVID-19 cases. (Black Press Media file photo)

Island Health’s top doc delays retirement, citing Omicron wave

Chief medical health officer Dr. Richard Stanwick to remain in role until Jan. 31

Dr. Richard Stanwick speaks inside the new vaccine clinic at Archie Browning Sports Centre on Jan. 6. His retirement as Island Health chief medical health officer has been delayed by a month in the face of unprecedented COVID-19 cases. (Black Press Media file photo)
Statue of Lady Justice at Vancouver courthouse. (Black Press Media)

U.S. man who re-entered Canada 20 minutes after being deported loses appeal of 9 month jail term

Gabriale Rene St. Constantine, 59, told Surrey judge he feared political unrest, violence in Oregon

Statue of Lady Justice at Vancouver courthouse. (Black Press Media)