Coronavirus

FILE – A vial of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at an Alberta Health Services vaccination clinic in Didsbury, Alta., Tuesday, June 29, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

B.C. reports 742 new COVID cases, 1 death over August long weekend

A total of 81.4 per cent of people ages 12 and older have received their first dose

 

Cottonwoods Care Home in Kelowna. (Google Maps)

COVID-19 back at Kelowna long-term care facilities

Two residents at Cottonwoods have been diagnosed with COVID-19

 

Interior Health is recommending parents and eligible school-aged children get the vaccine before heading back to class. (Metro Creative photo)

Central Okanagan families urged to get vaccinated before school year starts

A letter was sent to parents of school-aged children by email from Interior Health

 

A woman receives her first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at an immunization clinic at the Gurdwara Dukh Nivaran Sahib, in Surrey, B.C., on Friday, May 14, 2021. Gurdwara leadership reached out to the Sikh community and registered and booked a total of 800 people for vaccinations during two clinics held in the dining hall of their temple last week and Friday. The East Newton neighbourhood is an area that Fraser Health has identified as one where a high rate of COVID-19 transmission is still occurring. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Vaccinated? You’re 10x less likely to catch and transmit COVID-19, but risk remains

Independent modelling group says that asymptomatic spread makes contact tracing more difficult

A woman receives her first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at an immunization clinic at the Gurdwara Dukh Nivaran Sahib, in Surrey, B.C., on Friday, May 14, 2021. Gurdwara leadership reached out to the Sikh community and registered and booked a total of 800 people for vaccinations during two clinics held in the dining hall of their temple last week and Friday. The East Newton neighbourhood is an area that Fraser Health has identified as one where a high rate of COVID-19 transmission is still occurring. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
FILE — In this May 17, 2021 file photo, Emily Baumgartner, left, and Luke Finley, second from left, join friends from their church group in a birthday toast to one of the members, upper right, during their weekly “Monday Night Hang” gathering at the Tiki Bar on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, in New York. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio have scheduled competing news conferences Monday, Aug. 2 amid rising COVID-19 case counts attributed to the highly contagious delta variant of the virus. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

NYC will require COVID vaccination proof for indoor dining, gyms

This is the most aggressive step the city has taken yet to curb a surge in cases caused by the Delta variant

FILE — In this May 17, 2021 file photo, Emily Baumgartner, left, and Luke Finley, second from left, join friends from their church group in a birthday toast to one of the members, upper right, during their weekly “Monday Night Hang” gathering at the Tiki Bar on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, in New York. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio have scheduled competing news conferences Monday, Aug. 2 amid rising COVID-19 case counts attributed to the highly contagious delta variant of the virus. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry talks about B.C.’s plan to restart the province during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on May 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Dr. Bonnie Henry among 16 people appointed to receive province’s Order of B.C.

Premier John Horgan says in a statement each one of the 16 appointees has made tremendous contributions

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry talks about B.C.’s plan to restart the province during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on May 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
A vial of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at an Alberta Health Services vaccination clinic in Didsbury, Alta., Tuesday, June 29, 2021. The federal government is expecting to receive more than 2.3 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines this week, as a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections looms driven by the spread of the highly-contagious Delta variant. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Canada to receive 2.3 million COVID-19 vaccine doses this week

As of Friday, 80.3 per cent of those eligible had received a first dose, while 63.7 per cent have received two

A vial of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at an Alberta Health Services vaccination clinic in Didsbury, Alta., Tuesday, June 29, 2021. The federal government is expecting to receive more than 2.3 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines this week, as a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections looms driven by the spread of the highly-contagious Delta variant. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
The Kelowna Yacht Club clinic is open from 3p.m.-7p.m. July 30-August 4th (Kelowna Yacht Club/Facebook)

VIDEO: Kelowna Yacht Club hosts vaccination clinic

The target age group is between 20 to 40 years old, according to Interior Health

The Kelowna Yacht Club clinic is open from 3p.m.-7p.m. July 30-August 4th (Kelowna Yacht Club/Facebook)
(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

Kelowna restaurant workers urged to get COVID vaccine amid outbreak

The majority of new COVID-19 cases are among unimmunized young adults

(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix provide a regular update on the COVID-19 situation, B.C. legislature, March 2, 2020. (B.C. government)

B.C. sees 243 COVID-19 cases Friday as infections keep rising

Interior, Fraser Health seeing faster spread of virus

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix provide a regular update on the COVID-19 situation, B.C. legislature, March 2, 2020. (B.C. government)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens as Chief Public Health Officer of Canada Dr. Theresa Tam is seen via videoconference during a news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic in Ottawa on Friday, June 4, 2021. Federal officials are warning that Canada could be on the brink of a fourth wave of COVID-19 driven by the highly contagious Delta variant if the country opens too fast before enough people have been vaccinated. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Federal modelling warns of 4th COVID wave driven by Delta if reopening is too fast

Dr. Theresa Tam says the new modelling underscores the need for caution in lifting public health measures

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens as Chief Public Health Officer of Canada Dr. Theresa Tam is seen via videoconference during a news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic in Ottawa on Friday, June 4, 2021. Federal officials are warning that Canada could be on the brink of a fourth wave of COVID-19 driven by the highly contagious Delta variant if the country opens too fast before enough people have been vaccinated. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Conservative MP Michelle Rempel Garner holds a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Friday, June 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Conservatives push feds to ensure Canadians who got mixed vaccines can travel abroad

Multiple reports of Canadians being barred entry to countries due to their mixed vaccinations

Conservative MP Michelle Rempel Garner holds a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Friday, June 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Travellers arrive at Heathrow Airport in London, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Frank Augstein

British Canadians frustrated by exclusion from U.K.’s new quarantine exemptions

English and Scottish governments did not provide a reason for why Canada was not included

Travellers arrive at Heathrow Airport in London, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Frank Augstein
An exile Tibetan teacher invigilates as students write their half-yearly exams at the Tibetan Children’s Village Day School in Dharmsala, India, Thursday, July 29, 2021. The students have been attending classes online but appeared for the exam in-person. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)

GLOBAL COVID-19 REPORT: Africa outlook ‘encouraging’ amid dose shortage

Tokyo continues to break records with rising case count

An exile Tibetan teacher invigilates as students write their half-yearly exams at the Tibetan Children’s Village Day School in Dharmsala, India, Thursday, July 29, 2021. The students have been attending classes online but appeared for the exam in-person. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)
Dr. Penny Ballem, leader of B.C.’s COVID-19 vaccine program, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix promote new website offering walk-in clinics around the province, at the cabinet offices in Vancouver, July 26, 2021. (B.C. government)

B.C.’s COVID-19 cases up 204 Thursday, half in Interior region

Active cases pass 1,000 province-wide as walk-in clinics open

Dr. Penny Ballem, leader of B.C.’s COVID-19 vaccine program, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix promote new website offering walk-in clinics around the province, at the cabinet offices in Vancouver, July 26, 2021. (B.C. government)
A blood donor clinic pictured at a shopping mall in Calgary on Friday, March 27, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Demand increasing: Canadian Blood Services watching supply as COVID-19 rules eased

Need for blood products tailed off dramatically 16 months ago as the pandemic took hold

A blood donor clinic pictured at a shopping mall in Calgary on Friday, March 27, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
B.C. government program spending, in millions, from 2016 to 2021. (B.C. finance ministry)

B.C.’s tax take continued to climb during COVID-19 pandemic year

Federal billions offset loss in fees, licence revenues

B.C. government program spending, in millions, from 2016 to 2021. (B.C. finance ministry)
During a briefing for Langley City Council, Supt. Adrian Marsden, the officer in charge, said all officers are fully vaccinated for COVID-19. (Files)

Langley RCMP celebrates all officers being fully vaccinated against COVID-19

Total of 11 members tested positive, officer in charge reports

During a briefing for Langley City Council, Supt. Adrian Marsden, the officer in charge, said all officers are fully vaccinated for COVID-19. (Files)
A busy Bernard Avenue in downtown Kelowna on May 18, 2020. (Michael Rodriguez/Capital News)

‘Businesses are frustrated’: Kelowna chamber of commerce, tourism sector react to health restrictions

The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce said part of the frustration is the region-specific mandate

A busy Bernard Avenue in downtown Kelowna on May 18, 2020. (Michael Rodriguez/Capital News)
Christine Connon and Dave Wright will be the first couple to wed at White Rock Seniors Village, in a ceremony July 31. (Contributed photo)

B.C. seniors find love amid pandemic – ‘and I didn’t even know her name’

Christine Connon and Dave Wright’s wedding will be the first at White Rock Seniors Village

Christine Connon and Dave Wright will be the first couple to wed at White Rock Seniors Village, in a ceremony July 31. (Contributed photo)