Coronavirus

The B.C. vaccine card displayed on a smartphone. Health officials have indicated it will remain in use indefinitely while the province deals with the latest surge in COVID-19 infections. (B.C. government)

B.C. up to 895 people in hospital with COVID-19 infections

Critical care stable, 13 more deaths confirmed Wednesday

The B.C. vaccine card displayed on a smartphone. Health officials have indicated it will remain in use indefinitely while the province deals with the latest surge in COVID-19 infections. (B.C. government)
Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital in Clearwater is one of several Interior Health care centres impacted by service reductions. File photo

Rural health service reductions to last up to 4 weeks: Interior Health president

Susan Brown says emergency room access is being prioritized

Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital in Clearwater is one of several Interior Health care centres impacted by service reductions. File photo
People wait in line at a COVID-19 vaccination site in Montreal, Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada. The Omicron-fuelled fifth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be peaking in some provinces, while others say the worst is likely still to come. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

COVID-19 antiviral pill on its way across Canada, as some hospitalizations dip

Canada has purchased one million courses of Paxlovid for delivery this year

People wait in line at a COVID-19 vaccination site in Montreal, Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada. The Omicron-fuelled fifth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be peaking in some provinces, while others say the worst is likely still to come. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Chairs are turned upside down on the bar at a closed restaurant, amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, in Vancouver, on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Bars and nightclubs ‘teetering on brink of insolvency’ as COVID closures extended

Bars, nightclubs and lounges without food service must remain closed until Feb. 16

Chairs are turned upside down on the bar at a closed restaurant, amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, in Vancouver, on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
FILE – A nearly empty Granville Street entertainment district is seen just before 10 p.m. on St. Patrick’s Day in downtown Vancouver, on Wednesday, March 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. doubles COVID relief grants, up to $20K for businesses still shuttered by restrictions

Extra funding is for business that have been closed since Dec. 22

FILE – A nearly empty Granville Street entertainment district is seen just before 10 p.m. on St. Patrick’s Day in downtown Vancouver, on Wednesday, March 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
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)
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
A COVID-19 outbreak at Vernon's Heritage Square long-term care home. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Interior Health reports second-highest number of COVID-19 cases over weekend in B.C.

1,345 new cases, more than Vancouver Coastal Health Authority

A COVID-19 outbreak at Vernon's Heritage Square long-term care home. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
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)