Coronavirus

An ambulance paramedic in full protective gear works outside Lion’s Gate Hospital, March 23, 2020. Lion’s Gate Hospital and Lynn Valley Care Centre in North Vancouver were the first sites of major COVID-19 outbreaks in B.C. (The Canadian Press)

COVID-19 outbreaks in steep decline at B.C. hospitals, care homes

Mandatory vaccination for health staff, visitors paying off

An ambulance paramedic in full protective gear works outside Lion’s Gate Hospital, March 23, 2020. Lion’s Gate Hospital and Lynn Valley Care Centre in North Vancouver were the first sites of major COVID-19 outbreaks in B.C. (The Canadian Press)
UBC research has yielded results suggesting waiting longer between COVID-19 vaccinations leads to better immunity. Pictured here vaccinations in Montreal in March. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson)

Longer intervals between COVID-19 shots can increase immunity, Canadian study suggests

Peer-reviewed study used blood tests from paramedics

UBC research has yielded results suggesting waiting longer between COVID-19 vaccinations leads to better immunity. Pictured here vaccinations in Montreal in March. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson)
Kids aged 5 to 11 are getting COVID-19 vaccines at community clinics around B.C., like this one in Victoria, Nov. 29, 2021. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. counts 375 more COVID-19 cases Wednesday, 7 more deaths

Serious illness cases in hospital remain steady

Kids aged 5 to 11 are getting COVID-19 vaccines at community clinics around B.C., like this one in Victoria, Nov. 29, 2021. (B.C. government photo)
Megan Tanya Hodgkinson poses in this undated handout photo. Canadians trying to come home from South Africa say they’re frustrated by a lack of communication from the federal government and by testing requirements that make some trips impossible. She was visiting relatives in South Africa when the Canadian government put new travel restrictions in place on several African countries last week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO — Megan Tanya Hodgkinson

Canadians in South Africa face cancelled flights, uncertainty as they try to return

South Africa is one of 10 countries targeted in Canada’s new travel restrictions

Megan Tanya Hodgkinson poses in this undated handout photo. Canadians trying to come home from South Africa say they’re frustrated by a lack of communication from the federal government and by testing requirements that make some trips impossible. She was visiting relatives in South Africa when the Canadian government put new travel restrictions in place on several African countries last week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO — Megan Tanya Hodgkinson
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

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)
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

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
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

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