BC COVID-19

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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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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Coronavirus: 20 inmates test positive for COVID-19 at Port Coquitlam jail

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Health officials have declared a COVID-19 outbreak at the North Fraser Pretrial Centre, where 20 inmates have tested positive. Fraser Health said Friday it was working with BC Corrections, which operates the facility, and the Provincial Health Services Authority to control the spread of the infection. Contact tracers are …

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B.C. First Nation credits family who self-disclosed COVID-19 diagnosis with helping outbreak control

B.C. First Nation credits family who self-disclosed COVID-19 diagnosis with helping outbreak control

A First Nation in the Vancouver Coastal Health region says it’s starting to get a large COVID-19 outbreak under control — and the only reason is that the first family to test positive posted on social media, alerting their community. There have been 59 cases of COVID-19 in the …

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Petition pushes B.C. government for tighter COVID-19 travel and quarantine restrictions

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A petition calling on the B.C. government to lock down the province’s borders amid COVID-19 is gaining momentum online. Vancouver Island resident Christian Stapff is behind the petition urging Premier John Horgan to shut the province’s borders to non-essential travel for one month. Stapff, a school teacher with the …

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B.C. records another 465 COVID-19 cases, 12 deaths and 70 in ICU

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British Columbia has recorded another 465 COVID-19 cases Tuesday bringing the provincial total to 61,912 since the pandemic began. Another 12 people have died from complications with the virus, with the total number of deaths now standing at 1,090. Read more: B.C. records 1,330 new cases of COVID-19 but …

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Vancouver Coastal Health says COVID-19 transmission in schools is low – BC

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Despite high anxiety among some parents, newly released data from Vancouver Coastal Health shows a low rate of COVID-19 transmission in schools during the first half of the 2020/2021 year. From Sept. 10 to Dec. 18, Coastal Health said approximately 700 students or staff out of more than 100,000 …

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B.C. government asks for patience amid recovery benefit application backlog

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The B.C. government is asking people to be patient as it is dealing with a backlog of applications for the recovery benefit. More than one million people have already received payment, according to the government, but there are still about 500,000 outstanding applications. The issues delaying the payments range …

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Coronavirus: Okanagan man opposes anti-maskers in Kelowna

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Another anti-restriction protest happened in Kelowna this weekend, but this time, one Okanagan man took it upon himself to protest against the crowd of COVID-19 conspiracy believers. “Truly, it’s an honour to be out here supporting science and the front-line workers,” said David Crawford, a Kelowna resident. “What I …

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Coronavirus: First long-term care resident vaccinated in Interior Health region

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The first long-term care resident has been vaccinated for COVID-19 in Interior Health’s region at the Sunnybank Retirement Home in Oliver. This begins the rollout to other long-term care homes in the Interior Health region. ‘Betty’ was the first to receive the Pfizer Vaccine at the care home, as …

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