Coronavirus

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry meets with some of the first children to receive COVID-19 vaccines at a clinic in Victoria, Nov. 29, 2021. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. calls on retired medical staff to help with COVID-19 vaccinations

Booster doses for adults ramping up as 350,000 children eligible

 

Alberta chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, provides a COVID-19 update in Edmonton on Friday, Sept. 3, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Alberta confirms its first case of Omicron COVID-19 variant in a traveller

Asymptomatic individual has not left quarantine since their arrival from international travel

 

Daily new cases of COVID-19 reported to B.C. public health, to Nov. 28, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)

B.C. sees 358 more COVID-19 cases Tuesday, 300 in hospital

No deaths or health care outbreaks in past 24 hours

 

A man walks through a deserted part of Johannesburg’s OR Tambo’s airport, South Africa, Monday Nov. 29, 2021. The World Health Organisation urged countries around the world not to impose flight bans on southern African nations due to concern over the new omicron variant. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Jerome Delay

What we know so far about COVID-19’s Omicron variant, as it arrives in Canada

Right now there remains many questions to be answered about latest virus strain

A man walks through a deserted part of Johannesburg’s OR Tambo’s airport, South Africa, Monday Nov. 29, 2021. The World Health Organisation urged countries around the world not to impose flight bans on southern African nations due to concern over the new omicron variant. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Jerome Delay
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix update B.C.’s COVID-19 situation from the Vancouver cabinet offices, Sept. 17, 2020. (B.C. government)

COVID gathering rules eased for Interior Health as north gets further restrictions

Restaurants returning to 100% capacity with vaccine card in IH, bars close in NH

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix update B.C.’s COVID-19 situation from the Vancouver cabinet offices, Sept. 17, 2020. (B.C. government)
FILE – A COVID-19 rapid testing area is seen on the international arrivals level at Vancouver International Airport, in Richmond, B.C., on Friday, July 30, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Non-U.S. air travellers must take COVID test, isolate as feds try to slow Omicron spread

Nigeria, Malawi and Egypt have been added to the travel ban list

FILE – A COVID-19 rapid testing area is seen on the international arrivals level at Vancouver International Airport, in Richmond, B.C., on Friday, July 30, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry update the COVID-19 situation, B.C. legislature, July 20, 2020. (B.C. government)

B.C. reports first case of COVID-19 Omicron variant, in isolation

204 recent travellers to Africa being tested in B.C.

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry update the COVID-19 situation, B.C. legislature, July 20, 2020. (B.C. government)
Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos responds to a question during a news conference by video conference, in Ottawa, Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. Duclos says Canada supports the development of a new global convention on pandemic preparedness and response that will be debated at a special meeting of the World Health Assembly Monday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

G7 health ministers closely monitoring new Omicron variant of COVID-19

Omicron’s appearance prompted border closures, screening measures in Canada and around the world

Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos responds to a question during a news conference by video conference, in Ottawa, Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. Duclos says Canada supports the development of a new global convention on pandemic preparedness and response that will be debated at a special meeting of the World Health Assembly Monday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
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97% of B.C. public service employees fully vaccinated against COVID following mandate

1.13% of staff remain completely unvaccinated or refused to provide immunization status

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FILE – A worker picks up a COVID-19 self collection test kit which are given to arriving international passengers at Vancouver International Airport, in Richmond, B.C., on Friday, July 30, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

No Omicron-specific restrictions planned as B.C. tests 200+ travellers from affected regions

COVID variant has sparked concerns over its transmissibility, vaccine resistance

FILE – A worker picks up a COVID-19 self collection test kit which are given to arriving international passengers at Vancouver International Airport, in Richmond, B.C., on Friday, July 30, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Healthcare workers wait for airline passengers at a COVID-19 testing center at Trudeau Airport in Montreal, Friday, Feb. 19, 2021. Unvaccinated travellers over the age of 12 won’t be able to board a plane or train in Canada as of today, now that the grace period has ended on the government’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Unvaccinated travellers barred from planes and passenger trains as of today

Unvaccinated travellers over the age of 12 won’t be able to board…

Healthcare workers wait for airline passengers at a COVID-19 testing center at Trudeau Airport in Montreal, Friday, Feb. 19, 2021. Unvaccinated travellers over the age of 12 won’t be able to board a plane or train in Canada as of today, now that the grace period has ended on the government’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and B.C. Labour Minister Harry Bains speak on the introduction of five-day mandatory paid sick leave at the B.C. legislature, Nov. 22, 2021. (B.C. government photo)

B.C.’s daily COVID-19 infections fall below 300, but 11 deaths

Outbreaks in health care down to 6, 303 people in hospital

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and B.C. Labour Minister Harry Bains speak on the introduction of five-day mandatory paid sick leave at the B.C. legislature, Nov. 22, 2021. (B.C. government photo)
A small anti-vaccines for children protest was held outside Tansor Elementary School in North Cowichan on Monday morning. (Google Maps)

RCMP called but not needed after anti-vaxxers protest outside Island school

New legislation created 20-metre bubble zones restricting demonstrations outside schools

A small anti-vaccines for children protest was held outside Tansor Elementary School in North Cowichan on Monday morning. (Google Maps)
COVID-19 virus (file photo).

Canada attends emergency G7 health meeting on Omicron variant

First cases of COVID-19 strain reported in Ontario and Quebec

COVID-19 virus (file photo).
Passengers wait at a ticket counter at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo’s airport, Monday Nov. 29, 2021. The World Health Organisation urged countries around the world not to impose flight bans on southern African nations due to concern over the new omicron variant. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Travel restrictions amid Omicron variant strand Canadian field hockey team

Athletes in several sports pondering what might come next, including Olympic concerns

Passengers wait at a ticket counter at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo’s airport, Monday Nov. 29, 2021. The World Health Organisation urged countries around the world not to impose flight bans on southern African nations due to concern over the new omicron variant. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
There were 33 COVID-19 cases in the Woss-north health area last week. (BCCDC photo)

North Island’s weekly COVID-19 case numbers drop from 73 to 33

School District 85 has two schools in the health area listed with potential exposure dates

There were 33 COVID-19 cases in the Woss-north health area last week. (BCCDC photo)
Anna-Belle, a therapy dog belonging to Colleen Dell, waits in a vaccination clinic in Saskatoon, Sask., in this recent handout photo. Children aren't the only new arrivals at Canada's COVID-19 vaccination clinics now that a growing number of provinces are allowing therapy dogs inside to help calm those who may be nervous about getting their shots. Children and adults with a fear of needles, or who worry about getting a protective jab against COVID-19, are petting dogs to reduce anxiety at some vaccination centres in Saskatchewan, Quebec and British Columbia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Colleen Dell

Dogs trained to comfort nervous people, help kids get COVID-19 vaccines

St. John Ambulance has taken their therapy dogs into Covid-19 vaccine clinics in Penticton and Trail

Anna-Belle, a therapy dog belonging to Colleen Dell, waits in a vaccination clinic in Saskatoon, Sask., in this recent handout photo. Children aren't the only new arrivals at Canada's COVID-19 vaccination clinics now that a growing number of provinces are allowing therapy dogs inside to help calm those who may be nervous about getting their shots. Children and adults with a fear of needles, or who worry about getting a protective jab against COVID-19, are petting dogs to reduce anxiety at some vaccination centres in Saskatchewan, Quebec and British Columbia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Colleen Dell
A plane is silhouetted as it takes off from Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C., Monday, May 13, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Omicron response should focus on global vaccine equity, not travel bans: scientists

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa called the restrictions ‘completely unjustified’

A plane is silhouetted as it takes off from Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C., Monday, May 13, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
FILE – This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the virus that causes COVID-19. (NIAID-RML via AP, File)
FILE – This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the virus that causes COVID-19. (NIAID-RML via AP, File)
A sign reading ‘Stay safe’ in Regent Street, in London, Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. A slew of nations moved to stop air travel from southern Africa on Friday, and stocks plunged in Asia and Europe in reaction to news of a new, potentially more transmissible COVID-19 variant. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

COVID variant spreads to more countries as world on alert

Italy and Germany were the latest to report confirmed cases of the omicron variant

A sign reading ‘Stay safe’ in Regent Street, in London, Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. A slew of nations moved to stop air travel from southern Africa on Friday, and stocks plunged in Asia and Europe in reaction to news of a new, potentially more transmissible COVID-19 variant. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)