Coronavirus

Visitors take photos in Toronto’s Distillery District, on Saturday, December 19, 2020. Almost half of Canadians plan to abandon social distancing during holiday gatherings and hug, kiss and shake hands with friends and family, a poll shows. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

45 per cent prepared to ditch social distancing at holiday gatherings: poll

Only 35 per cent said they would invite someone who is not fully vaccinated into their home

Visitors take photos in Toronto’s Distillery District, on Saturday, December 19, 2020. Almost half of Canadians plan to abandon social distancing during holiday gatherings and hug, kiss and shake hands with friends and family, a poll shows. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
B.C. Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie and Health Minister Adrian Dix. (B.C. government photo)

Be sure you’re registered for COVID-19 boosters, B.C. seniors advised

People 70 and older can get third dose after four months

B.C. Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie and Health Minister Adrian Dix. (B.C. government photo)
A pop up COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Smithers, Sept. 30, 3021. (Deb Meissner/Interior News)

B.C. counts 10 more deaths over weekend from COVID-19

New cases declining, but serious illness still running high

A pop up COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Smithers, Sept. 30, 3021. (Deb Meissner/Interior News)
A young patient receives the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19 in Vienna, Austria on Monday, Nov. 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Lisa Leutner

‘Significant milestone:’ COVID vaccine plans for children roll out across the country

One-third of new COVID-19 cases in Ontario are in school-aged children.

A young patient receives the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19 in Vienna, Austria on Monday, Nov. 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Lisa Leutner
File photo of Prospera Place in Kelowna.  (Marissa Baecker/Shoot the Breeze)

UPDATE: Interior Health COVID-19 restrictions under consideration

Health Minister Adrian Dix responds to Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick’s concerns

File photo of Prospera Place in Kelowna.  (Marissa Baecker/Shoot the Breeze)
Nurse Iciar Bercian prepares a shot at a vaccine clinic in Calgary on June 2, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Alberta apartment building owner hopes to set precedent with vaccine requirement

Strategic says it’s first major landlord in Canada to implement a vaccine requirement for new tenants

Nurse Iciar Bercian prepares a shot at a vaccine clinic in Calgary on June 2, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Two vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine sit on a table at a COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Halifax on Monday, May 24, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Plane carrying doses of COVID-19 vaccines for kids touches down in Canada

Country gears up for the next phase of the national mass immunization campaign

Two vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine sit on a table at a COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Halifax on Monday, May 24, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
Several Moderna vaccine syringes lay on a table during a COVID-19 vaccine drive-thru clinic at Richardson Stadium in Kingston, Ont., Friday, May 28, 2021. After millions of Quebecers rolled up their sleeves for COVID-19 vaccines, it could soon be zoo animals’ turn to get the shot. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

Quebec zoo hoping to vaccinate wild animals against COVID-19 over coming weeks

Vaccines are manufactured by U.S. veterinary pharmaceutical company Zoetis

Several Moderna vaccine syringes lay on a table during a COVID-19 vaccine drive-thru clinic at Richardson Stadium in Kingston, Ont., Friday, May 28, 2021. After millions of Quebecers rolled up their sleeves for COVID-19 vaccines, it could soon be zoo animals’ turn to get the shot. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg
COVID-19 virus (file photo).

B.C. sees 497 new cases of COVID-19

Interior Health has highest number of new cases at 146

COVID-19 virus (file photo).
Vials of both Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines sit empty on the counter at the Junction Chemist Pharmacy in Toronto on Friday, June 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Canada has thrown away at least one million COVID-19 vaccine doses: survey

Canadian Press survey shows the amount of unused doses vary wildly across Canada

Vials of both Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines sit empty on the counter at the Junction Chemist Pharmacy in Toronto on Friday, June 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
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., Friday, July 30, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Ottawa to drop need for COVID-19 test after short-term U.S. visits as of Nov. 30

The federal government says that as of Nov. 30, fully vaccinated Canadians…

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., Friday, July 30, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Kane Peterson, 9, gets a his COVID-19 vaccination at North Sound Pediatrics in Everett, WA on Nov. 6, 2021. B.C. is delivering vaccines for children aged 5-11 to community clinics starting in December. (Kevin Clark/Everett Herald)

B.C. gearing up to deliver COVID-19 vaccination to younger children

Parents urged to register kids age 5-11 for community clinics

Kane Peterson, 9, gets a his COVID-19 vaccination at North Sound Pediatrics in Everett, WA on Nov. 6, 2021. B.C. is delivering vaccines for children aged 5-11 to community clinics starting in December. (Kevin Clark/Everett Herald)
A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is given to a recipient at a vaccination site in Vancouver Thursday, March 11, 2021. The federal government is set to make two major announcement on the pandemic front Friday, starting with the approval of Canada’s first COVID-19 vaccine for children, then later detailed plans to ease some of the pandemic-related measures at the border. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Health Canada approves first COVID-19 vaccine for kids aged five to 11

Trials in children show comparable safety and efficacy to those recorded in people aged 16 to 25

A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is given to a recipient at a vaccination site in Vancouver Thursday, March 11, 2021. The federal government is set to make two major announcement on the pandemic front Friday, starting with the approval of Canada’s first COVID-19 vaccine for children, then later detailed plans to ease some of the pandemic-related measures at the border. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A drop-in COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Maple Ridge. (Maple Ridge News)

9 more deaths, 468 new COVID-19 infections in B.C. Thursday

Hospitalizations, a key measure, decline from Wednesday

A drop-in COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Maple Ridge. (Maple Ridge News)
The B.C. health ministry says it is working on a plan to mandate vaccines for private practitioners including dentists. Photo: Evelina Zhu/Pexels

Mandatory COVID vaccines for private practitioners are coming: B.C. health officials

Doctors, dentists who don’t work in hospitals aren’t required to be vaccinated

The B.C. health ministry says it is working on a plan to mandate vaccines for private practitioners including dentists. Photo: Evelina Zhu/Pexels
A single vehicle heads into the U.S. at the quiet Peace Arch border crossing Monday, Aug. 9, 2021, in Blaine, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Feds to announce approval of kids’ COVID-19 vaccine, easing of border measures Friday

Provinces poised and ready to start vaccinating children as soon as doses are distributed

A single vehicle heads into the U.S. at the quiet Peace Arch border crossing Monday, Aug. 9, 2021, in Blaine, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens to a question as he takes part in a forum at the Wilson Center, Wednesday, November 17, 2021 in Washington, D.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

North American leaders to talk vaccine sharing, migration woes at summit

US President Joe Biden is hosting Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens to a question as he takes part in a forum at the Wilson Center, Wednesday, November 17, 2021 in Washington, D.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
The West Kootenay continues to have low weekly numbers of new COVID-19 cases. Illustration: BC Centre for Disease Control

21 new COVID-19 cases in West Kootenay

Grand Forks led the region during the week of Nov. 7 to 13

The West Kootenay continues to have low weekly numbers of new COVID-19 cases. Illustration: BC Centre for Disease Control
Daily cases reported to B.C. public health to Nov. 15, 2021, seven-day moving average in white. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)

B.C.’s COVID-19 infections decline, seven more deaths Wednesday

New and active cases trending down, 324 more confirmed

Daily cases reported to B.C. public health to Nov. 15, 2021, seven-day moving average in white. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry receives seasonal influenza vaccination, Oct. 18, 2021. (B.C. government photo)

B.C.’s top doctor emphasizes COVID-19 precautions heading into holiday season

Henry: Colder weather is pushing people indoors and it’s important that people take extra precautions

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry receives seasonal influenza vaccination, Oct. 18, 2021. (B.C. government photo)