Coronavirus

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COVID hospitalizations dip as B.C.’s death toll nears 3,000

Hospitalizations are at 273 after surging to 288 over the weekend

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A person bundled up in a heavy jacket for the cold weather wears a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Vancouver, on Tuesday, December 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. Human Rights Commissioner calls for mask mandate to be reinstated

Kasari Govender says the lifting of the mandate harms the human rights of thousands in B.C.

A person bundled up in a heavy jacket for the cold weather wears a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Vancouver, on Tuesday, December 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A doctor wears a stethoscope around his neck as he tends to patients in his office in Illinois on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia says it has suspended a doctor from practising while it completes an investigation into allegations that he sidestepped COVID-19 public health orders. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Jeff Roberson

B.C. doctor alleged to have circumvented COVID-19 regulations suspended during probe

Interim order affects Dr. Stephen Malthouse, a family practitioner on Denman Island

A doctor wears a stethoscope around his neck as he tends to patients in his office in Illinois on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia says it has suspended a doctor from practising while it completes an investigation into allegations that he sidestepped COVID-19 public health orders. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Jeff Roberson
A salute to health-care workers is planned for March 30 in the McCracken Courtyard at Peace Arch Hospital. (Google image)

Pot-banging event planned for Peace Arch Hospital Wednesday morning

Salute to health-care workers marks two years since clang of appreciation began

A salute to health-care workers is planned for March 30 in the McCracken Courtyard at Peace Arch Hospital. (Google image)
Students returning to school this morning are no longer required to wear a mask. (surreyschools.ca photo)

Masks now a matter of choice for Surrey district students, staff

Updated provincial-health order took effect on first day of spring break

Students returning to school this morning are no longer required to wear a mask. (surreyschools.ca photo)
A vial of a plant-derived COVID-19 vaccine candidate, developed by Medicago, is shown in Quebec City on Monday, July 13, 2020 as part of the company’s Phase 1 clinical trials in this handout photo. The World Health Organization has rejected Medicago’s made-in-Canada COVID-19 vaccine, restricting Ottawa’s ability to donate the shots to countries in need. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Medicago

UPDATED: WHO rejects Canadian-made COVID-19 vaccine, will review decision

Health Canada authorized Medicago’s two-dose Covifenz vaccine in February for adults 18 to 64

A vial of a plant-derived COVID-19 vaccine candidate, developed by Medicago, is shown in Quebec City on Monday, July 13, 2020 as part of the company’s Phase 1 clinical trials in this handout photo. The World Health Organization has rejected Medicago’s made-in-Canada COVID-19 vaccine, restricting Ottawa’s ability to donate the shots to countries in need. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Medicago
Daniella Okezie poses for a portrait at a studio in Kitchener, Ont., in a Feb. 15, 2022, handout photo. Okezie is going to walk across the stage to mark the completion of her bachelor’s degree from Wilfrid Laurier University next month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Click Photography, Christine Kufske, *MANDATORY CREDIT*

Universities in Canada plan in-person convocation ceremonies after lengthy hiatus

Daniella Okezie has been practising her strut. In a few weeks, the…

Daniella Okezie poses for a portrait at a studio in Kitchener, Ont., in a Feb. 15, 2022, handout photo. Okezie is going to walk across the stage to mark the completion of her bachelor’s degree from Wilfrid Laurier University next month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Click Photography, Christine Kufske, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Minister of Health Jean-Yves Duclos rises during Question Period in Ottawa, Thursday, March 24, 2022. Duclos held a press conference Friday to announce new support for health care. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Feds commit another $2B to provinces to address health backlogs caused by COVID-19

Throughout the pandemic hospitals across the country had to delay non-emergency procedures

Minister of Health Jean-Yves Duclos rises during Question Period in Ottawa, Thursday, March 24, 2022. Duclos held a press conference Friday to announce new support for health care. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Crowded buses and SkyTrains create the perfect conditions for spread, a doctor told TransLinks’ board of directors during a virtual public hearing Thursday (March 24). (Black Press Media/Lauren Collins)

Bring back mask mandate on public transit, TransLink board urged

Delegates, including retired emergency doctor, voice concerns at virtual public hearing Thursday

Crowded buses and SkyTrains create the perfect conditions for spread, a doctor told TransLinks’ board of directors during a virtual public hearing Thursday (March 24). (Black Press Media/Lauren Collins)
This map illustrates the number of active COVID-19 cases in Greater Vancouver from March 13 to 19, 2022. (BC Centre for Disease Control image)

Delta saw a slight gain in COVID-19 cases last week

City had 18 cases the week of March 13 to 19, two more than the week before

This map illustrates the number of active COVID-19 cases in Greater Vancouver from March 13 to 19, 2022. (BC Centre for Disease Control image)
A woman wears a protective face mask to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as she walks past a billboard from the Vancouver General Hospital in Vancouver Thursday, April 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Legacy and language around masks will be debated long after pandemic recedes: experts

Experts agree the message around mask wearing could have been better communicated

A woman wears a protective face mask to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as she walks past a billboard from the Vancouver General Hospital in Vancouver Thursday, April 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
FILE - Commuters wear face masks and social distance. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

B.C. COVID-19 hospitalizations climb for the first time since February

The province recorded four more people in hospital with the virus on Wednesday, March 23

FILE - Commuters wear face masks and social distance. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
A man displays his COVID-19 rapid test kit after receiving it at a pharmacy in Montreal, Monday, December 20, 2021. Canadian business and labour groups are at odds over the preferred isolation times for people who have tested positive for COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Everyone 18+ in B.C. can now access free rapid tests

Rapid tests can be accessed by displaying your personal health number at the pharmacy

A man displays his COVID-19 rapid test kit after receiving it at a pharmacy in Montreal, Monday, December 20, 2021. Canadian business and labour groups are at odds over the preferred isolation times for people who have tested positive for COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Cloverdale Traditional Elementary School’s PAC was the winner of a contest for 20 HEPA filters. Pictured are the purifiers when they were first shipped to the school. The PAC says the pallets have since been taken apart due to space constraints but the filters remain unused and stored at the school. (Submitted photo: CTS PAC)

‘Just waiting to be plugged in’: Use donated HEPA filters, Surrey school district urged

Cloverdale Traditional was the winner of 20 filters that have been sitting unused at the school

Cloverdale Traditional Elementary School’s PAC was the winner of a contest for 20 HEPA filters. Pictured are the purifiers when they were first shipped to the school. The PAC says the pallets have since been taken apart due to space constraints but the filters remain unused and stored at the school. (Submitted photo: CTS PAC)
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1-in-3 B.C. health-care workers plan to quit within the next 2 years: poll

Hospital Employees’ Union survey finds high levels of fatigue, burnout, financial stress

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Leigh Jones, owner of Inspired Arts and Gifts in Yarrow, is permanently closing her store on May 15, 2022. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Owner of Yarrow’s only gift store says goodbye as she prepares to close shop permanently

Inspired Arts and Gifts to close following ‘challenging and difficult’ years of COVID and flooding

Leigh Jones, owner of Inspired Arts and Gifts in Yarrow, is permanently closing her store on May 15, 2022. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
People in Nelson, B.C., protest COVID-19 mandates in January 2022. Photo: Tyler Harper
People in Nelson, B.C., protest COVID-19 mandates in January 2022. Photo: Tyler Harper
A vial of a plant-derived COVID-19 vaccine candidate, developed by Medicago, is shown in Quebec City on Monday, July 13, 2020 as part of the company’s Phase 1 clinical trials in this handout photo. International Development Minister Harjit Sajjan says he wants the World Health Organization to greenlight Medicago’s COVID-19 vaccine so it can be donated and used by the COVAX vaccine sharing alliance. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Medicago *MANDATORY CREDIT*

Canada’s international development minister urges WHO to approve Medicago vaccine

Canada intends to donate 20 million doses, which can only happen if WHO approve that vaccine

A vial of a plant-derived COVID-19 vaccine candidate, developed by Medicago, is shown in Quebec City on Monday, July 13, 2020 as part of the company’s Phase 1 clinical trials in this handout photo. International Development Minister Harjit Sajjan says he wants the World Health Organization to greenlight Medicago’s COVID-19 vaccine so it can be donated and used by the COVAX vaccine sharing alliance. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Medicago *MANDATORY CREDIT*
This map illustrates the number of active COVID-19 cases in Greater Vancouver from March 6 to 12, 2022. (BC Centre for Disease Control image)

COVID-19 cases in Delta down again last week

City had 16 cases the week of March 6 to 12, 10 fewer than the week before

This map illustrates the number of active COVID-19 cases in Greater Vancouver from March 6 to 12, 2022. (BC Centre for Disease Control image)
Two COVID-19 rapid tests that were given to a motorist are displayed at a Fraser Health drive-thru pick up site in Surrey, B.C., Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022. People in their 30s and older can now pick up packs of free COVID-19 tests at pharmacies across British Columbia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. expands eligibility for rapid COVID-19 tests to people over 30

Eligible individuals can pick up one kit of five tests every 28 days

Two COVID-19 rapid tests that were given to a motorist are displayed at a Fraser Health drive-thru pick up site in Surrey, B.C., Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022. People in their 30s and older can now pick up packs of free COVID-19 tests at pharmacies across British Columbia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck