COVID-19

This map illustrates the number of active COVID-19 cases in Greater Vancouver from Jan. 2 to 8, 2022. (BC Centre for Disease Control image)

COVID-19 numbers in Delta down last week

Delta had 438 cases from Jan. 2-8, down 331 from the all-time record of 769 set the week before

This map illustrates the number of active COVID-19 cases in Greater Vancouver from Jan. 2 to 8, 2022. (BC Centre for Disease Control image)
Delta School District headquarters in Ladner. (Grace Kennedy photo)

Delta School District to require employees provide proof of vaccination

Staff will be given a minimum of six weeks to disclose their vaccination status starting Jan. 17

Delta School District headquarters in Ladner. (Grace Kennedy photo)
Abbotsford Regional Hospital is among those restricting scheduled surgeries to deal with COVID-19 cases. (Abbotsford News file)

Abbotsford hospital psych unit included in COVID-19 outbreak list: Fraser Health

Langley Memorial, Burnaby, Peace Arch hospitals all have affected acute care units

Abbotsford Regional Hospital is among those restricting scheduled surgeries to deal with COVID-19 cases. (Abbotsford News file)
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Kent Institution outbreak grows to more than 60 COVID-19 cases

41 inmates have tested positive for COVID-19 in recent outbreak

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A woman tries to speak to her mother, through a window at Orchard Villa Care home, in Pickering, Ont. on Saturday, April 25, 2020. The expert spearheading new draft national standards for long-term care says they must strike a balance between residents’ safety and their quality of life. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

New Canadian care home standards to emphasize fact that they are homes, not wards

Consultations showed pandemic policies hurt mental and social well-being, balance called for

A woman tries to speak to her mother, through a window at Orchard Villa Care home, in Pickering, Ont. on Saturday, April 25, 2020. The expert spearheading new draft national standards for long-term care says they must strike a balance between residents’ safety and their quality of life. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
White Rock CAO Guillermo Ferrero is asking for the public to be patient while city staff struggle with being short-handed during the Omicron phase of the pandemic. Contributed photo

White Rock CAO apologies for decreased service, blames high COVID-19 numbers among staff

Rapidly spreading Omicron has left the city short-handed, Guillermo Ferrero says

White Rock CAO Guillermo Ferrero is asking for the public to be patient while city staff struggle with being short-handed during the Omicron phase of the pandemic. Contributed photo
FILE - A chef cooks Chinese food on a rainy fall day as the restaurant is open for curb-side pickup during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Monday, November 30, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Slim majority support government lockdowns, restrictions in response to Omicron

Growing number of Canadians are unhappy with how their governments are handling pandemic

FILE - A chef cooks Chinese food on a rainy fall day as the restaurant is open for curb-side pickup during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Monday, November 30, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
People walk by a sign at a restaurant advising customers of Quebec’s COVID-19 vaccine passport in Montreal, Monday, Sept. 6, 2021. Quebec is considering expanding its vaccine passport system further, a move that some health and ethics experts say is justified because of the high number of COVID-19 patients in the province’s hospitals. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Tightening rules for unvaccinated is justified as health system struggles: experts

Others: people rejecting COVID-19 vaccines out of ideology won’t be swayed by restrictions

People walk by a sign at a restaurant advising customers of Quebec’s COVID-19 vaccine passport in Montreal, Monday, Sept. 6, 2021. Quebec is considering expanding its vaccine passport system further, a move that some health and ethics experts say is justified because of the high number of COVID-19 patients in the province’s hospitals. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
A row of ambulances is seen outside a hospital in Montreal, on Monday, January 10, 2022. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Ottawa will do all it can to help provinces and territories cope with the fifth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, as infections fuelled by the Omicron variant threaten to overwhelm health systems. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Trudeau says Canada will have enough COVID-19 vaccines as US issues travel advisory

Provinces and territories will receive a combined 140 million rapid tests this month

A row of ambulances is seen outside a hospital in Montreal, on Monday, January 10, 2022. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Ottawa will do all it can to help provinces and territories cope with the fifth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, as infections fuelled by the Omicron variant threaten to overwhelm health systems. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Amica White Rock. (File photo)

Outbreaks declared in 2 South Surrey long-term care facilities

Several people test positive at Morgan Place, Amica White Rock

Amica White Rock. (File photo)
Paramedics transfer a person from an ambulance into a hospital in Montreal, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022. The Health Department says data from the last 24 hours indicates a 140-jump in hospitalization from the previous day, for a total of 2,436. The province is also reporting 11,007 new cases of COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

COVID hospitalizations nearing or reaching record highs in several provinces

Many provinces imposed a weeklong delay in the return to in-person schooling

Paramedics transfer a person from an ambulance into a hospital in Montreal, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022. The Health Department says data from the last 24 hours indicates a 140-jump in hospitalization from the previous day, for a total of 2,436. The province is also reporting 11,007 new cases of COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Kites, dogs and dancers were featured in “Shadows of Eternity,” a show staged at Surrey’s Bell Performing Arts Centre in 2012 by the Paws 2 Dance canine dance group. (File photo)

Free rent of Surrey’s Bell theatre to be won in new program that assists pandemic-hit groups

Some renters are postponing or cancelling events due to B.C.’s current gathering restrictions

Kites, dogs and dancers were featured in “Shadows of Eternity,” a show staged at Surrey’s Bell Performing Arts Centre in 2012 by the Paws 2 Dance canine dance group. (File photo)
People line up for COVID-19 vaccination at a drop-in clinic at Cloverdale Recreation Centre on Wednesday, April 27, 2021. Fraser Health has announced it’s reopening the Cloverdale location and two others for daily vaccine clinics. (File photo: Aaron Hinks/Peace Arch News)

4 COVID vaccine booster clinics now running daily in Surrey

Fraser Health announces daily clinics reopening in South Surrey, Cloverdale, Whalley

People line up for COVID-19 vaccination at a drop-in clinic at Cloverdale Recreation Centre on Wednesday, April 27, 2021. Fraser Health has announced it’s reopening the Cloverdale location and two others for daily vaccine clinics. (File photo: Aaron Hinks/Peace Arch News)
Fraser Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at the Peace Arch Hospital Foundation Lodge. (File photo)

COVID-19 outbreak declared at Peace Arch Hospital Foundation Lodge

6 residents, 3 staff members have tested positive at South Surrey long-term care facility

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Fraser Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at the Peace Arch Hospital Foundation Lodge. (File photo)
Skiers on the Boomerang Chair at Fernie Alpine Resort. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

High elevation, high numbers: B.C. resort towns report COVID spikes

Resort communities are at more risk, according to Dr. Karin Goodison of Interior Health

Skiers on the Boomerang Chair at Fernie Alpine Resort. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Signs say ‘Mental Health Matters,’ ‘Gyms are Essential,’ and ‘#FreeBC’ (Iron Energy Gym Instagram)

West Kelowna gym ordered to close and fined $2,300 for disobeying COVID restrictions

Interior Health was escorted by RCMP at Iron Energy Gym

Signs say ‘Mental Health Matters,’ ‘Gyms are Essential,’ and ‘#FreeBC’ (Iron Energy Gym Instagram)
White Rock Evergreen Baptist Society is among a handful of facilities in White Rock/South Surrey to have new COVID-19 outbreaks. (Peace Arch News photo)

COVID-19 outbreaks declared at White Rock’s Evergreen Baptist, 3 Surrey facilities

Evergreen Baptist Care Society has been site of 2 previous outbreaks

White Rock Evergreen Baptist Society is among a handful of facilities in White Rock/South Surrey to have new COVID-19 outbreaks. (Peace Arch News photo)
A bag of blood is shown at a clinic in Montreal on November 29, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Blood tests show waning immunity that scientists hope Omicron could counter

Canadian task force analyzing extent of immunity offered by Omicron

A bag of blood is shown at a clinic in Montreal on November 29, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
This map illustrates the number of active COVID-19 cases in Greater Vancouver from Dec. 25, 2021 to Jan. 1, 2022. (BC Centre for Disease Control image)

Delta sees highest-ever weekly COVID-19 case count

Delta had 769 cases for the week of Dec. 26 to Jan. 1, up 336 from the week before

This map illustrates the number of active COVID-19 cases in Greater Vancouver from Dec. 25, 2021 to Jan. 1, 2022. (BC Centre for Disease Control image)
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33 inmates, 18 employees infected in COVID outbreak at Kent Institution

All employees, inmates equipped with masks, CSC says

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