Coronavirus

Young B.C. residents are leading the way in vaccinations in recent days. (Jennifer Smith/Vernon Morning Star)

B.C. records 774 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, 5 deaths

Hospital, ICU cases each up one in past 24 hours

Young B.C. residents are leading the way in vaccinations in recent days. (Jennifer Smith/Vernon Morning Star)
In this photo provided by the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service, U.S. Army Capt. Corrine Brown, a critical care nurse, administers an anti-viral medication to a COVID-19 positive patient at Kootenai Health regional medical center during response operations in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, on Sept. 6, 2021. Roughly 11,000 kids in Coeur d’Alene were getting ready for their first day of school when Idaho public health officials announced this week that northern hospitals were so crowded with coronavirus patients that they would be allowed to ration health care. Kootenai Health has had to move some patients into a conference room and get help from the military to deal with the flood of coronavirus patients. (Michael H. Lehman/DVIDS U.S. Navy/via AP)

School outbreaks could buckle hospitals in COVID-slammed Idaho

Border state’s vaccination rates among lowest in the U.S., cases grew by 44% in past two weeks

In this photo provided by the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service, U.S. Army Capt. Corrine Brown, a critical care nurse, administers an anti-viral medication to a COVID-19 positive patient at Kootenai Health regional medical center during response operations in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, on Sept. 6, 2021. Roughly 11,000 kids in Coeur d’Alene were getting ready for their first day of school when Idaho public health officials announced this week that northern hospitals were so crowded with coronavirus patients that they would be allowed to ration health care. Kootenai Health has had to move some patients into a conference room and get help from the military to deal with the flood of coronavirus patients. (Michael H. Lehman/DVIDS U.S. Navy/via AP)
Abbotsford Regional Hospital is among those restricting scheduled surgeries to deal with COVID-19 cases. (Abbotsford News)

More B.C. hospitals postpone surgeries as COVID-19 cases increase

Surrey, Abbotsford, Royal Columbian reassigning key staff

Abbotsford Regional Hospital is among those restricting scheduled surgeries to deal with COVID-19 cases. (Abbotsford News)
Royal Inland Hospital is in downtown Kamloops, at Columbia Street and Third Avenue. (Dave Eagles/Kamloops This Week)

Patient’s death in Kamloops ER sitting area came amid marathon wait for treatment

Another ER patient claims nurse informed those waiting there was a severe staff shortage

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Royal Inland Hospital is in downtown Kamloops, at Columbia Street and Third Avenue. (Dave Eagles/Kamloops This Week)
A nurse attends to a patient in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit at Surrey Memorial Hospital in Surrey, B.C., Friday, June 4, 2021. The average cost of treating a COVID-19 patient who needs intensive care in Canada is estimated at over $50,000 compared with $8,400 for someone who’s had a heart attack, a new report says. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Report: intensive care COVID treatment costs more than 5 times heart attack treatment

Canadian COVID patients in the ICU stay for a long time and require a lot of treatment

A nurse attends to a patient in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit at Surrey Memorial Hospital in Surrey, B.C., Friday, June 4, 2021. The average cost of treating a COVID-19 patient who needs intensive care in Canada is estimated at over $50,000 compared with $8,400 for someone who’s had a heart attack, a new report says. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
The Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary, Alta., is seen on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, amid a worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Alberta’s health-care system is on the verge of collapse, warns a group of physicians who are pleading with the government to strengthen public health measures to fend off a relentless fourth wave of COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

‘Boiling point’: Alberta doctors warn of health system collapse as COVID cases climb

Intensive care unit capacity at a seven-day average of 91 per cent

The Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary, Alta., is seen on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, amid a worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Alberta’s health-care system is on the verge of collapse, warns a group of physicians who are pleading with the government to strengthen public health measures to fend off a relentless fourth wave of COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Surrey firefighter Justin Sayson administers a first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to a man at a walk-up vaccination clinic at Bear Creek Park, in Surrey, B.C., on May 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C.’s COVID-19 vaccine card system good first step, medical group says

Doctors of B.C. presidents says passport system highlights how vaccinations are reducing infections

Surrey firefighter Justin Sayson administers a first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to a man at a walk-up vaccination clinic at Bear Creek Park, in Surrey, B.C., on May 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A.J. Elliott Elementary School in Sointula. (SD85.bc.ca photo)

Parents nearly empty small B.C. school of kids over teacher’s mask exemption

Majority of students are not attending class in Sointula, off northern Vancouver Island

A.J. Elliott Elementary School in Sointula. (SD85.bc.ca photo)
A pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinic in the Fraser Valley. Health authorities are using a combination of mobile and pop-up clinics to make vaccination more convenient. (Adam Louis/Agassiz-Harrison Observer)

B.C. COVID-19 cases up to 814 Wednesday, hospital admissions rising

Now 86% of people in hospital not fully vaccinated

A pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinic in the Fraser Valley. Health authorities are using a combination of mobile and pop-up clinics to make vaccination more convenient. (Adam Louis/Agassiz-Harrison Observer)
A basket of needles containing Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine waits to be administered to patients at a COVID-19 clinic in Ottawa on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

‘Gentleman in Texas’ inundated with calls from Ontarians registering for COVID shots

A spokeswoman for Lambton Public Health says a news release issued had a wrong phone number

A basket of needles containing Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine waits to be administered to patients at a COVID-19 clinic in Ottawa on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021 file photo, a health worker prepares Pfizer vaccines during the national COVID-19 vaccination campaign in Pamplona, northern Spain. In a statement Monday Sept. 6, 2021, the European Medicines Agency says it has started an expedited evaluation on whether to recommend a booster dose of the coronavirus vaccine made by Pfizer-BioNTech. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos, File)

WHO chief urges halt to booster shots for rest of the year

World Health Organization Director-General says world’s poor should not be satisfied with leftovers

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021 file photo, a health worker prepares Pfizer vaccines during the national COVID-19 vaccination campaign in Pamplona, northern Spain. In a statement Monday Sept. 6, 2021, the European Medicines Agency says it has started an expedited evaluation on whether to recommend a booster dose of the coronavirus vaccine made by Pfizer-BioNTech. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos, File)
Concept art of what the vaccine card will look like. (B.C. government)

Nearly 600K people access B.C. vaccine card in first 24 hours after soft launch

One dose will be required for non-discretionary activities and venues as of Sept. 13

Concept art of what the vaccine card will look like. (B.C. government)
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Border closure forcing BCHL’s Wenatchee Wild to open season on road

With Canadian teams unable to visit the United States, the Wild have no choice but to come north

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Vaccination percentage of B.C. residents age 20-29, to Aug. 21, 2021. Red line is first dose, purple is two doses. Blue bars indicate case count by week for the age group. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)

B.C. under-30s lead in shots as COVID-19 vaccine card arrives

Vaccination at schools, colleges a priority to close age gap

Vaccination percentage of B.C. residents age 20-29, to Aug. 21, 2021. Red line is first dose, purple is two doses. Blue bars indicate case count by week for the age group. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
Tim Meade will have permanent effects from COVID-19, and wants to let people know what vaccine hesitancy cost him. (Neil Corbett/The News)

‘A miracle I’m living’: Maple Ridge dad urges vaccinations after COVID nearly kills him

Father of three young daughters spent 21 days in a coma

Tim Meade will have permanent effects from COVID-19, and wants to let people know what vaccine hesitancy cost him. (Neil Corbett/The News)
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Health officials push B.C. doctors, nurse practitioners to resume in-person appointments

Many health care providers went to virtual care during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, left, and Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi, centre right, ride in the Calgary Stampede parade in Calgary, Alta., Friday, July 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Twelve Alberta mayors call for province to implement COVID-19 vaccine passport

Premier Jason Kenney has said Alberta won’t bring in provincewide rules

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, left, and Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi, centre right, ride in the Calgary Stampede parade in Calgary, Alta., Friday, July 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Schools reopened for in-person learning across B.C. Tuesday, with masks required for staff and students in grade four and up. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Big jump in B.C. COVID-19 hospitalizations over long weekend

New and active cases start to decline as schools reopen

Schools reopened for in-person learning across B.C. Tuesday, with masks required for staff and students in grade four and up. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Patrons watch previews before a showing of the film Back to the Future, at Caprice Cinemas, in Surrey, B.C., on Sunday, June 28, 2020. The theatre is part of an independent chain of five movie theatres in B.C., of which four reopened earlier this month with strict physical distancing measures in place including rows of seats closed off and limits on the number of viewers allowed per screening due to COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Here’s what you need to know about B.C.’s new vaccine card

When and where it will be needed along with how to get it

Patrons watch previews before a showing of the film Back to the Future, at Caprice Cinemas, in Surrey, B.C., on Sunday, June 28, 2020. The theatre is part of an independent chain of five movie theatres in B.C., of which four reopened earlier this month with strict physical distancing measures in place including rows of seats closed off and limits on the number of viewers allowed per screening due to COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
President of the BC Teacher’s Federation (BCTF) Teri Mooring is interviewed as she joins teachers who are protesting outside the BC NDP Convention at the Victoria Convention Centre in Victoria, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. The head of the B.C. Teachers Federation says parents and educators are anxious about no longer receiving notices about COVID-19 exposure in schools even as the number of overall cases in the province is expected to rise this fall. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

B.C. teachers, parents want data on COVID-19 in schools to be publicly available

Notices about COVID-19 exposure in schools are not in B.C.’s plans this fall

President of the BC Teacher’s Federation (BCTF) Teri Mooring is interviewed as she joins teachers who are protesting outside the BC NDP Convention at the Victoria Convention Centre in Victoria, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. The head of the B.C. Teachers Federation says parents and educators are anxious about no longer receiving notices about COVID-19 exposure in schools even as the number of overall cases in the province is expected to rise this fall. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito