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B.C. to release third-party report into COVID-19 in care homes, Monday

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The British Columbia government is slated to release a third-party report Monday into its handling of COVID-19 in long-term care homes. The report was commissioned through Ernst & Young last summer, but has not been made public thus far. Read more: B.C. health officials open door to mass COVID-19 …

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Coronavirus: Okanagan schools spend federal aid on cleaning over air quality improvements

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Okanagan schools spent just a fraction of COVID-19 federal aid money on improving building ventilation. Instead, opting for enhanced cleaning measures and extra staffing. The Ministry of Education provided a spreadsheet to Global News showing how each B.C. school district spent its first allotment of federal funding from September …

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Point Roberts pins COVID-19 border exemption hopes on President Biden

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Residents of the Washington state community of Point Roberts are hoping an executive order from U.S. President Joe Biden could lead to eased COVID-19 border restrictions. Point Roberts lies just south of Delta, B.C., and is separated from the rest of Washington state by water and the Canadian border. …

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Coronavirus: Inspectors throw a wrench into Rio Theatre’s sports bar plans

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Vancouver’s Rio Theatre went ahead with a plan to re-open as a sports bar Saturday amid COVID-19 restrictions shuttering movie theatres, but not without hiccups. The venue announced the switch this week, arguing that provincial restrictions that ban cinemas but permit sports bars are unfair. The Rio has both …

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COVID-19 outbreak at St. Paul’s Hospital grows to third unit

COVID-19 outbreak at St. Paul’s Hospital grows to third unit

A trio of outbreaks at Vancouver’s St. Paul’s Hospital have grown to include 53 cases of COVID-19, a spokesperson said Saturday. Outbreaks have been detected on three floors, including a medicine unit (declared Jan. 22), a renal unit (declared Jan. 20) and the cardiac unit, including the cardiac care …

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List of recent coronavirus exposures reported in B.C.

List of recent coronavirus exposures reported in B.C.

As British Columbia sees a surge in new coronavirus cases, health officials and businesses have begun reporting potential exposures on a regular basis. In most cases, health officials say the exposure events are low risk, but anyone at those businesses during those specified dates and times should monitor themselves …

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Coronavirus: Interior Health region a varied mix of caseload totals – Okanagan

A map showing COVID-19 cases in B.C., from Dec. 26, 2020.

A map of B.C.’s Southern Interior regarding coronavirus statistics is beginning to resemble a quilt of many colours. About a month ago, there were six subregions within Interior Health that had zero confirmed cases of COVID-19. Fast forward from that Dec. 26 report, and now there are 10 regions …

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Federal panel recommends rapid COVID tests in long-term care; B.C. still reluctant

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The co-chair of a federal advisory panel whose job is to provide guidance to the federal government and the provinces on COVID-19 testing and screening says B.C.’s provincial health officer is correct to say that rapid tests are not always as accurate as PCR tests, which take longer to …

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COVID-19: Number of U.K. variant cases in B.C. climbs to 6, South Africa variant to 3

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The number of known cases of COVID-19 variants in British Columbia climbed again on Friday. Health officials said they had confirmed six cases of the U.K. variant (B.1.1.7), and three cases of the South African variant (B.1.351). Read more: ‘Realistic possibility’ COVID-19 variant from U.K. could be deadlier, researchers …

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Coronavirus: 11 more cases at Big White, outbreak declared at Kamloops hospital

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The Big White community cluster grew another 11 cases, Interior Health announced on Friday. The extra cases pushed the overall total to 214 since the cluster at the ski resort near Kelowna was first announced in mid-December. Of the 11 new cases, seven are said to reside or work …

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