Coronavirus

Protestors gather outside an immigration detention hotel where Serbia’s Novak Djokovic is believed to stay, in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. Locked in a dispute over his COVID-19 vaccination status, Djokovic was confined to the immigration detention hotel in Australia on Thursday as the No. 1 men’s tennis player in the world awaited a court ruling on whether he can compete in the Australian Open later this month. (AP Photo/Hamish Blair)

Unvaccinated tennis star spends his Christmas in immigration detention

Novak Djokovic battling deportation over COVID-19 rules to compete in the Australian Open

Protestors gather outside an immigration detention hotel where Serbia’s Novak Djokovic is believed to stay, in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. Locked in a dispute over his COVID-19 vaccination status, Djokovic was confined to the immigration detention hotel in Australia on Thursday as the No. 1 men’s tennis player in the world awaited a court ruling on whether he can compete in the Australian Open later this month. (AP Photo/Hamish Blair)
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No appointment necessary for rapid COVID-19 tests in Interior Health

Limited supplies are available and reserved for at-risk individuals

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Vaccine clinic at Archie Browning Sports Centre in Esquimalt opens on Jan. 7. B.C. health authorities are reopening community vaccination centres as booster shots and vaccination for children aged 5-11 continue. (Bailey Moreton/Goldstream News)

B.C. records 3,223 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, more in ICU

Hospital cases creep up as official active cases pass 31,000

Vaccine clinic at Archie Browning Sports Centre in Esquimalt opens on Jan. 7. B.C. health authorities are reopening community vaccination centres as booster shots and vaccination for children aged 5-11 continue. (Bailey Moreton/Goldstream News)
Canada’s Keegan Messing reacts to the crowd after performing his men’s free program during the Skate Canada International figure skating competition, in Vancouver, on Saturday, October 30, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

COVID-19 spectre hangs over Canada’s Olympic figure skating trials in Ottawa

Canada’s top figure skaters will begin their quest for a spot on the Beijing Olympic team on Friday

Canada’s Keegan Messing reacts to the crowd after performing his men’s free program during the Skate Canada International figure skating competition, in Vancouver, on Saturday, October 30, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The Beaver Valley Nitehawks and Castlegar Rebels, seen here during a game in December, are among the four KIJHL teams to report positive COVID-19 cases on their rosters. Photo: Jim Bailey

UPDATED: KIJHL games postponed after 4 teams report COVID-19 cases

Kelowna, Beaver Valley, Castlegar and Fernie each have infected players

The Beaver Valley Nitehawks and Castlegar Rebels, seen here during a game in December, are among the four KIJHL teams to report positive COVID-19 cases on their rosters. Photo: Jim Bailey
The Beaver Valley Nitehawks and Castlegar Rebels, seen here during a game in December, are among the four KIJHL teams to report positive COVID-19 cases on their rosters. Photo: Jim Bailey

UPDATED: KIJHL games postponed after teams report COVID-19 cases

Kelowna, Beaver Valley, Castlegar, Chase and Fernie each have infected players

The Beaver Valley Nitehawks and Castlegar Rebels, seen here during a game in December, are among the four KIJHL teams to report positive COVID-19 cases on their rosters. Photo: Jim Bailey
A resident at Langley Lodge, one of B.C.’s senior care homes. (Troy Landreville/Langley Advance Times)

Loved ones turned away from B.C. senior homes, advocate says

‘Essential’ still at discretion of care home administrators

A resident at Langley Lodge, one of B.C.’s senior care homes. (Troy Landreville/Langley Advance Times)
Prince Rupert Fire Rescue department was affected by numerous staff contracting COVID-19. As of Jan. 6, eight members of the detachment out of 20 remain off work. (Photo: K-J Millar/The Northern View)

8 of 20 in isolation as Prince Rupert Fire Rescue hit by COVID-19

City reassures community essential fire protection will still be provided

Prince Rupert Fire Rescue department was affected by numerous staff contracting COVID-19. As of Jan. 6, eight members of the detachment out of 20 remain off work. (Photo: K-J Millar/The Northern View)
Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole speaks during a news conference responding to the federal government’s COVID-19 response, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Erin O’Toole pushes for unvaccinated Canadians to be accommodated amid Omicron wave

O’Toole came out as opposed to vaccine mandates during last year’s election campaign

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole speaks during a news conference responding to the federal government’s COVID-19 response, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
People wait in line at a COVID-19 testing and vaccination site in Montreal, Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Staffing challenges from surging COVID-19 cases affecting public services

Quebec health officials reported another 1,953 COVID-19 hospitalizations Thursday

People wait in line at a COVID-19 testing and vaccination site in Montreal, Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Trail’s weekly cases have soared as numbers increase across the West Kootenay. Illustration: BC Centre for Disease Control

Trail adds 121 new COVID-19 cases as infections increase across West Kootenay

Nelson has had nearly 1,000 cases total since January 2020

Trail’s weekly cases have soared as numbers increase across the West Kootenay. Illustration: BC Centre for Disease Control
COVID-19 testing site at Victoria Conference Centre. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)

COVID-19 test demands lead to threats against B.C. health staff

‘If you do not have symptoms you don’t need to be tested’

COVID-19 testing site at Victoria Conference Centre. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
Langford resident Shelley Robinson says a lack of callback for a COVID-19 PCR test appointment from Island Health has left her feeling scared and unsupported. (Courtesy of Shelley Robinson)

High-risk B.C. patient still waiting nearly a week later for COVID test

Woman with cycstic fibrosis receives no callback for test, despite vulnerable health status

Langford resident Shelley Robinson says a lack of callback for a COVID-19 PCR test appointment from Island Health has left her feeling scared and unsupported. (Courtesy of Shelley Robinson)
B.C. schools are scheduled to reopen to all students next week, as vaccination of younger children for COVID-19 continues. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. reports 3,798 cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, more in hospital

No additional deaths or health care outbreaks in 24 hours

B.C. schools are scheduled to reopen to all students next week, as vaccination of younger children for COVID-19 continues. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks on as Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam appears via videoconference at a news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic, Tuesday April 6, 2021 in Ottawa. Chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam will join Prime Minister Justin Trudeau this morning for the first federal COVID-19 update of the new year, as the rapidly spreading Omicron variant pushes provincial and territorial case numbers to record highs. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Provinces to receive large shipments of rapid tests this month: prime minister

140 million tests will be distributed to provinces and territories on a per-capita basis this month

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks on as Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam appears via videoconference at a news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic, Tuesday April 6, 2021 in Ottawa. Chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam will join Prime Minister Justin Trudeau this morning for the first federal COVID-19 update of the new year, as the rapidly spreading Omicron variant pushes provincial and territorial case numbers to record highs. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
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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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An N95 respirator for industrial protection from particles and droplets. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry advises that cloth masks, preferably with three layers, are sufficient for school and in retail stores. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

B.C. schools essential, medical masks aren’t, Dr. Bonnie Henry says

Full in-classroom instruction set to resume next week

An N95 respirator for industrial protection from particles and droplets. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry advises that cloth masks, preferably with three layers, are sufficient for school and in retail stores. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
A Sunwing Airlines jet prepares to take off at Montreal’s Trudeau International Airport, Friday, March 20, 2020. Federal Transport Minister Omar Alghabra says he has asked Transport Canada to investigate reports of “unacceptable” behaviour on a recent Sunwing Airlines flight to Cancun, Mexico.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Federal transport minister asks for investigation into Sunwing party flight to Mexico

Videos appear to show singing and dancing in the aisle and on seats, vodka and electronic cigarettes

A Sunwing Airlines jet prepares to take off at Montreal’s Trudeau International Airport, Friday, March 20, 2020. Federal Transport Minister Omar Alghabra says he has asked Transport Canada to investigate reports of “unacceptable” behaviour on a recent Sunwing Airlines flight to Cancun, Mexico.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
A Victoria pharmacy offers influenza vaccines with no appointment. B.C. pharmacies are increasingly delivering COVID-19 booster shots as well as flu shots. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)

2,542 more COVID-19 cases Tuesday, testing at maximum

Hospital cases up to 298, 78 more than New Year’s Eve

A Victoria pharmacy offers influenza vaccines with no appointment. B.C. pharmacies are increasingly delivering COVID-19 booster shots as well as flu shots. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
An empty playground in a schoolyard is shown during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. Ontario is joining the list of provinces delaying in-person schooling in the new year, as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise across the country. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Canadian health networks feeling strain as COVID-19 hospitalizations rise

COVID-19 hospitalizations have been surging across the country driven by Omicron

An empty playground in a schoolyard is shown during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. Ontario is joining the list of provinces delaying in-person schooling in the new year, as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise across the country. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette