Coronavirus

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix takes questions in the legislature on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. The legislature has resumed sitting with most MLAs in attendance and vaccine required for all. (Hansard TV)

More B.C. health workers stepping up for COVID-19 vaccination

Hard line on mandatory shots is working, health minister says

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix takes questions in the legislature on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. The legislature has resumed sitting with most MLAs in attendance and vaccine required for all. (Hansard TV)
An Abbott Laboratories Panbio COVID- 19 Rapid Test device is displayed at a pop-up COVID-19 testing site. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

B.C. defends COVID rapid testing program as more than a million kits sit in storage

A spokesperson for the province said as of Nov. 2, 1,301,089 rapid tests have been distributed

An Abbott Laboratories Panbio COVID- 19 Rapid Test device is displayed at a pop-up COVID-19 testing site. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
Syringes of COVID-19 vaccine are seen at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., on April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

COVID-19 cases among kids in British Columbia going down: Henry

56 children have been treated in hospital since the start of the pandemic, 4 received critical care.

Syringes of COVID-19 vaccine are seen at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., on April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Mak Parhar speaks at an anti-mask rally outside the Vancouver Art Gallery on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020. Parhar was arrested on Nov. 2 and charged with allegedly violating the Quarantine Act after returning from a Flat Earth conference held in Geenville, South Carolina on Oct. 24. (Flat Earth Focker/YouTube.com screenshot)

B.C. COVID-19 denier Mak Parhar found dead in home, cause under investigation

Parhar recently reported feeling fatigue, chills and other symptoms before taking Ivermectin

Mak Parhar speaks at an anti-mask rally outside the Vancouver Art Gallery on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020. Parhar was arrested on Nov. 2 and charged with allegedly violating the Quarantine Act after returning from a Flat Earth conference held in Geenville, South Carolina on Oct. 24. (Flat Earth Focker/YouTube.com screenshot)
Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam provides an update on the COVID-19 pandemic in Ottawa on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

COVID-19 cases declining across Canada, but not as quickly as before

Tam: ‘Now is not the time to let our guard down; we could still be in for a challenging winter’

Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam provides an update on the COVID-19 pandemic in Ottawa on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
The Calgary Courts Centre is pictured in Calgary, Alta., Monday, March 11, 2019. A man who removed his mask and deliberately coughed on a server at a Calgary bar last year has been convicted of assault. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Alberta judge convicts man of assault for coughing on server in Calgary bar

Judge notes three other cases where people were convicted after coughing on others during pandemic

The Calgary Courts Centre is pictured in Calgary, Alta., Monday, March 11, 2019. A man who removed his mask and deliberately coughed on a server at a Calgary bar last year has been convicted of assault. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Cars with U.S. license plates enter Canada at the Stanstead, Quebec, border crossing as seen from Derby Line, Vt., Monday Aug. 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Wilson Ring

Canada’s top doctor says COVID test border requirements should be re-examined

Chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam says policy is being ‘actively looked at’

Cars with U.S. license plates enter Canada at the Stanstead, Quebec, border crossing as seen from Derby Line, Vt., Monday Aug. 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Wilson Ring
B.C.’s daily new cases by health region, 7-day moving average to Oct. 28, 2021. Fraser Health purple, Interior Health yellow, Northern Health green, Island Health blue, Vancouver Coastal red. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)

B.C. records 596 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, 8 more deaths

Fraser, Northern Health infections still running highest

B.C.’s daily new cases by health region, 7-day moving average to Oct. 28, 2021. Fraser Health purple, Interior Health yellow, Northern Health green, Island Health blue, Vancouver Coastal red. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
A syringe is loaded with COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. showing decline in COVID cases but hospitalizations remain high: modelling

Decrease in cases began after 4th wave peak in late September

A syringe is loaded with COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
The Abbotsford School District office (File photo)

Abbotsford school district will not mandate COVID-19 vaccines for staff

Board of education decides against mandate during in-camera meeting

The Abbotsford School District office (File photo)
FILE - This undated image provided by Merck & Co. shows their new antiviral medication against COVID-19. Britain has granted a conditional authorization to Merck’s coronavirus antiviral, the first pill shown to successfully treat COVID-19. It is the first country to OK the treatment, although it was not immediately clear how quickly the pill would be available. (Merck & Co. via AP, File)

UK authorizes Merck antiviral pill, 1st shown to treat COVID

Pill licensed for adults 18 and older who have tested positive and have at least one risk factor

FILE - This undated image provided by Merck & Co. shows their new antiviral medication against COVID-19. Britain has granted a conditional authorization to Merck’s coronavirus antiviral, the first pill shown to successfully treat COVID-19. It is the first country to OK the treatment, although it was not immediately clear how quickly the pill would be available. (Merck & Co. via AP, File)
The International Rainbow Bridge connecting Niagara Falls, Ont. and Niagara Falls, N.Y. is shown on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Lynett

Canadian tourism group urges feds to axe ‘irrational’ border-crossing requirements

All travellers must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test that can cost up to $300

The International Rainbow Bridge connecting Niagara Falls, Ont. and Niagara Falls, N.Y. is shown on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Lynett
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and vaccination lead Dr. Penny Ballem outline B.C.’s COVID-19 booster vaccine program, which moves to the general population starting in December. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. reports 430 more COVID-19 cases, 6 more deaths

One new senior home outbreak in Abbotsford

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and vaccination lead Dr. Penny Ballem outline B.C.’s COVID-19 booster vaccine program, which moves to the general population starting in December. (B.C. government photo)
Five patients have tested positive for COVID-19 after an outbreak in a medicine unit at Abbotsford Regional Hospital. (File photo)

Five patients at Abbotsford Regional Hospital test positive for COVID-19

Fraser Health says outbreak is limited to a medicine unit; emergency department remains open

Five patients have tested positive for COVID-19 after an outbreak in a medicine unit at Abbotsford Regional Hospital. (File photo)
Tourists pose for photos at the base of Whistler Mountain in Whistler, B.C. Sunday, March 15, 2020. The Whistler Blackcomb resort which is owned by Vail Resorts shut down operations Saturday due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis taking place worldwide. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

8,500 sign petition calling for Whistler Blackcomb to require COVID shots for guests

Four ski hills in B.C. require proof of vaccination

Tourists pose for photos at the base of Whistler Mountain in Whistler, B.C. Sunday, March 15, 2020. The Whistler Blackcomb resort which is owned by Vail Resorts shut down operations Saturday due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis taking place worldwide. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A rapid COVID-19 test swab being processed. (File photo)

B.C. health experts call on province to use COVID rapid tests alongside other health measures

Protect our Province B.C. outlined the uses and benefits of rapid antigen tests

A rapid COVID-19 test swab being processed. (File photo)
FILE – A nurse prepares a dose of the Moderna vaccine to Halifax on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan-Pool

B.C. nurses who spread COVID misinformation to patients will face penalties: college

Anyone who wishes to practice nursing or midwifery in B.C. must be registered with the college

FILE – A nurse prepares a dose of the Moderna vaccine to Halifax on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan-Pool
Muhammad Touray gives Cate Zeigler-Amon, 10, her first dose of COVID-19 vaccine at the Viral Solutions vaccination and testing site in Decatur, Ga. on the first day COVID-19 vaccinations were available for children from 5 to 12 on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021. The U.S. enters a new phase Wednesday in its COVID-19 vaccination campaign, with shots now available to millions of elementary-age children in what health officials hailed as a major breakthrough after more than 18 months of illness, hospitalizations, deaths and disrupted education. (AP Photo/Ben Gray)

Roll up your sleeves: Kids’ turn arrives for COVID-19 shots in U.S.

Country was poised to begin the vaccination after the final OK arrived late Tuesday

Muhammad Touray gives Cate Zeigler-Amon, 10, her first dose of COVID-19 vaccine at the Viral Solutions vaccination and testing site in Decatur, Ga. on the first day COVID-19 vaccinations were available for children from 5 to 12 on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021. The U.S. enters a new phase Wednesday in its COVID-19 vaccination campaign, with shots now available to millions of elementary-age children in what health officials hailed as a major breakthrough after more than 18 months of illness, hospitalizations, deaths and disrupted education. (AP Photo/Ben Gray)
Coroner Géhane Kamel speaks during a news conference in Trois-Rivières, Que., on Oct. 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

No ‘euthanasia’ in Quebec care homes during COVID-19, expert tells coroner’s inquest

Inquest examining people who died in residential settings during first months of COVID-19 pandemic.

Coroner Géhane Kamel speaks during a news conference in Trois-Rivières, Que., on Oct. 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
A vial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is seen at a one-day pop-up vaccination clinic at the Muslim Neighbour Nexus Mosque, in Mississauga, Ont., on Thursday, April 29, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

B.C. reports 406 new COVID cases, 5 deaths as first doses reach 90%

Four of the deaths occurred in Northern Health and one in Interior Health

A vial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is seen at a one-day pop-up vaccination clinic at the Muslim Neighbour Nexus Mosque, in Mississauga, Ont., on Thursday, April 29, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov