Coronavirus

An N95 respirator for industrial protection from particles and droplets. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry advises that cloth masks, preferably with three layers, are sufficient for school and in retail stores. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

B.C. schools essential, medical masks aren’t, Dr. Bonnie Henry says

Full in-classroom instruction set to resume next week

An N95 respirator for industrial protection from particles and droplets. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry advises that cloth masks, preferably with three layers, are sufficient for school and in retail stores. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
A Sunwing Airlines jet prepares to take off at Montreal’s Trudeau International Airport, Friday, March 20, 2020. Federal Transport Minister Omar Alghabra says he has asked Transport Canada to investigate reports of “unacceptable” behaviour on a recent Sunwing Airlines flight to Cancun, Mexico.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Federal transport minister asks for investigation into Sunwing party flight to Mexico

Videos appear to show singing and dancing in the aisle and on seats, vodka and electronic cigarettes

A Sunwing Airlines jet prepares to take off at Montreal’s Trudeau International Airport, Friday, March 20, 2020. Federal Transport Minister Omar Alghabra says he has asked Transport Canada to investigate reports of “unacceptable” behaviour on a recent Sunwing Airlines flight to Cancun, Mexico.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
A Victoria pharmacy offers influenza vaccines with no appointment. B.C. pharmacies are increasingly delivering COVID-19 booster shots as well as flu shots. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)

2,542 more COVID-19 cases Tuesday, testing at maximum

Hospital cases up to 298, 78 more than New Year’s Eve

A Victoria pharmacy offers influenza vaccines with no appointment. B.C. pharmacies are increasingly delivering COVID-19 booster shots as well as flu shots. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
An empty playground in a schoolyard is shown during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. Ontario is joining the list of provinces delaying in-person schooling in the new year, as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise across the country. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Canadian health networks feeling strain as COVID-19 hospitalizations rise

COVID-19 hospitalizations have been surging across the country driven by Omicron

An empty playground in a schoolyard is shown during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. Ontario is joining the list of provinces delaying in-person schooling in the new year, as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise across the country. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix outline holiday season gathering restrictions to reduce COVID-19 infections, B.C. legislature, Dec. 21, 2021. (B.C. government photo)

Working from home, staggering shifts urged as Omicron causes business uncertainty in B.C.

80% of all cases in B.C. are now the Omicron variant of COVID

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix outline holiday season gathering restrictions to reduce COVID-19 infections, B.C. legislature, Dec. 21, 2021. (B.C. government photo)
A nurse attends to a patient at the COVID-19 intensive care unit at Surrey Memorial Hospital, June 2021. (The Canadian Press)

B.C. hospitals see more COVID-19 admissions in Omicron surge

Rapid tests to allow additional senior home visitors soon

A nurse attends to a patient at the COVID-19 intensive care unit at Surrey Memorial Hospital, June 2021. (The Canadian Press)
FILE – Produce is shown in a grocery store on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Man asked to mask up, pulls meat cleaver on grocery store employee in Vancouver; charges laid

A man was arrested and charged after police found him attempting to get into a taxi near the store

FILE – Produce is shown in a grocery store on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
BCHL statement about COVID cancellations. (Screenshot from cowichancapitals.com)

Cowichan Valley Capitals have two games postponed due to COVID-19

Caps are one of three BCHL teams sidelined for five days

BCHL statement about COVID cancellations. (Screenshot from cowichancapitals.com)
A locked gate and notices are seen posted at a COVID-19 testing centre that has been temporarily closed due to cold weather, in Richmond, B.C., on Sunday, December 26, 2021. Vancouver Coastal Health has closed the Richmond site and the main Vancouver collection centre at St. Vincent due to weather and is redirecting everyone to attend a new site at the University of British Columbia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. reports 9,332 new COVID cases over New Year’s weekend

Data on deaths, hospitalizations and vaccinations to be released Tuesday

A locked gate and notices are seen posted at a COVID-19 testing centre that has been temporarily closed due to cold weather, in Richmond, B.C., on Sunday, December 26, 2021. Vancouver Coastal Health has closed the Richmond site and the main Vancouver collection centre at St. Vincent due to weather and is redirecting everyone to attend a new site at the University of British Columbia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
People wait in line at a COVID-19 testing and vaccination site in Montreal, Wednesday, December 29, 2021. Provinces are putting new measures in place to deal with an Omicron-fuelled rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, including delaying in-person schooling in Ontario by two weeks and bringing in the military to help Quebec speed up its third-dose vaccination program. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
People wait in line at a COVID-19 testing and vaccination site in Montreal, Wednesday, December 29, 2021. Provinces are putting new measures in place to deal with an Omicron-fuelled rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, including delaying in-person schooling in Ontario by two weeks and bringing in the military to help Quebec speed up its third-dose vaccination program. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver. (Black Press file photo)

In-person appearances postponed in BC Supreme, provincial courts due to Omicron

Virus case counts have soared in B.C. in recent weeks

B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver. (Black Press file photo)
Alberta Health Minister Jason Copping gives a COVID-19 update in Edmonton, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Alberta’s isolation period for COVID-19 cases drops from 10 days to five today

Change based on evidence that fully immunized people have shorter infectious periods

Alberta Health Minister Jason Copping gives a COVID-19 update in Edmonton, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Nunavut’s chief public health officer Dr. Michael Patterson speaks to reporters during a press conference in Iqaluit on Monday, May 31, 2021.The latest wave of COVID-19 is bringing some remote communities in Canada to the breaking point, as case numbers explode. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Emma Tranter

Remote communities locking down, banning outsiders as COVID-19 spreads

Nunavut is discouraging all non-essential travel within the territory

Nunavut’s chief public health officer Dr. Michael Patterson speaks to reporters during a press conference in Iqaluit on Monday, May 31, 2021.The latest wave of COVID-19 is bringing some remote communities in Canada to the breaking point, as case numbers explode. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Emma Tranter
A man collects sewage samples from the dorms at Utah State University Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, in Logan, Utah. Experts say daily COVID-19 case counts aren’t painting a true picture of viral activity in communities as testing decreases in parts of the country. But what we flush down the toilet might give us a better understanding of COVID-19’s prevalence. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Rick Bowmer
A man collects sewage samples from the dorms at Utah State University Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, in Logan, Utah. Experts say daily COVID-19 case counts aren’t painting a true picture of viral activity in communities as testing decreases in parts of the country. But what we flush down the toilet might give us a better understanding of COVID-19’s prevalence. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Rick Bowmer
A nurse administers a COVID-19 vaccine at a mass vaccination clinic in Mississauga, Ont., Friday, Dec. 24, 2021. Ontario and Quebec are heading into a new year with record-setting COVID-19 case counts, more deaths and more hospitalizations.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Parts of Canada begin 2022 with record COVID-19 cases after low-key New Year’s Eve

Dr. Kevin Smith tweeted about ‘the rapid and concerning growth’ of hospitalizations

A nurse administers a COVID-19 vaccine at a mass vaccination clinic in Mississauga, Ont., Friday, Dec. 24, 2021. Ontario and Quebec are heading into a new year with record-setting COVID-19 case counts, more deaths and more hospitalizations.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
COVID-19 vaccination and testing site at Victoria Conference Centre. B.C. public health authorities are re-activating vaccine clinics at community centres in a push to get booster doses to reduce the effects of the Omicron variant wave. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)

B.C. records 3,795 more COVID-19 cases for New Year’s Eve

Hospitalization rate starts to climb with 20,000 active cases

COVID-19 vaccination and testing site at Victoria Conference Centre. B.C. public health authorities are re-activating vaccine clinics at community centres in a push to get booster doses to reduce the effects of the Omicron variant wave. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
People watch the New Year’s celebrations before midnight at Nathan Philips Square in Toronto, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019. Canada’s major cities are set to ring in the New Year with more of a gentle chime than a resounding clang, with many official celebrations cancelled or moved online for the second year in a row due to COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

New Year’s Eve parties cancelled, moved online in cities across Canada

New Year’s Eve is coinciding with a wave of record-setting daily COVID-19 cases

People watch the New Year’s celebrations before midnight at Nathan Philips Square in Toronto, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019. Canada’s major cities are set to ring in the New Year with more of a gentle chime than a resounding clang, with many official celebrations cancelled or moved online for the second year in a row due to COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov
Pope Francis meets migrants at the diocesan Caritas center in Rabat, Morocco, Saturday, March 30, 2019. Francis’s weekend trip to Morocco aims to highlight the North African nation’s tradition of Christian-Muslim ties while also letting him show solidarity with migrants at Europe’s door and tend to a tiny Catholic flock on the peripheries. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope cancels nativity visit as virus surges

Francis is going ahead with his traditional Dec. 31 vespers service

Pope Francis meets migrants at the diocesan Caritas center in Rabat, Morocco, Saturday, March 30, 2019. Francis’s weekend trip to Morocco aims to highlight the North African nation’s tradition of Christian-Muslim ties while also letting him show solidarity with migrants at Europe’s door and tend to a tiny Catholic flock on the peripheries. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Dr. Penny Ballem, head of B.C.’s COVID-19 vaccination program, announce that pharmacies are taking part in the province’s booster campaign, Dec. 14, 2021. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. reduces isolation time to 5 days for mild COVID-19 symptoms

Booster vaccines offered to most 6 months after second dose

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Dr. Penny Ballem, head of B.C.’s COVID-19 vaccination program, announce that pharmacies are taking part in the province’s booster campaign, Dec. 14, 2021. (B.C. government photo)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix outline holiday season gathering restrictions to reduce COVID-19 infections, B.C. legislature, Dec. 21, 2021. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. COVID-19 cases soar past 4,000 Thursday, hospitalization stable

More than 1,000 higher than Wednesday’s record infections

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix outline holiday season gathering restrictions to reduce COVID-19 infections, B.C. legislature, Dec. 21, 2021. (B.C. government photo)