Okanagan coronavirus

Coronavirus: Deadly long-term care outbreak in South Okanagan to be reviewed – Okanagan

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A review into Interior Health’s largest and deadliest COVID-19 outbreak at a long-term care facility will be reviewed by public health officials. The outbreak at the McKinney Place care home in Oliver, B.C., was first declared on Dec. 6, when eight residents tested positive for the virus. That number …

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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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‘We have a responsibility’: Oliver, B.C., pastor issues emphatic plea to follow public health orders

Ken Clarke, a pastor at Valley Congregational Church in Oliver, said it is his personal conviction that one of the most loving, compassionate, and Christ-honoring actions we can take to protect one another is not to gather in large groups.

A religious leader in Oliver, B.C., said fear he’d lose his son to COVID-19 and the reality of the virus circulating in the community gave him unique insight into the peril caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic. Ken Clarke has been the pastor at the Valley Congregational Christian Church …

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Penticton, B.C., pen pal project between students, seniors stems social isolation amid COVID-19

Seniors at Charles Manor Assisted Living present the letters and cards they’ve received from their pen-pals at KVR Middle School.

Students and seniors in Penticton, B.C., are creating connection and community while staying apart during the COVID-19 pandemic. KVR Middle School and Charles Manor Independent Living Facility teamed up to launch a pilot pen-pal program. The initiative matched up 50 Grade 6 students with seniors and the pairs have …

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Coronavirus: Kelowna anti-lockdown organizer slapped with $2,300 fine

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The organizer of a Kelowna rally protesting B.C.’s COVID-19 restrictions was handed another $2,300 fine on Saturday for violating public health orders. For months, opponents of B.C.’s COVID rules have gathered in Kelowna’s Stuart Park. Dozens of people march through the city’s downtown core holding placards along Harvey Avenue. …

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60 per cent of all COVID-19 deaths in Interior Health were long-term care residents

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About 60 per cent of COVID-19 related deaths in the Interior Health region were residents in long-term care, according to Interior Health and data released by the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC). To date, 180 long-term care residents have contracted the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, as …

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B.C. Southern Interior reports highest number of COVID-19 deaths since pandemic began – Okanagan

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B.C.’s Southern Interior recorded a grim milestone over the weekend, with the highest number of COVID-19-related deaths since the pandemic began. Health officials said Monday that seven more people had lost their lives to the disease. Some were long-term care residents, while others died in hospital. A total of …

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Big White community cluster in quarantine: regional district

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All known cases of COVID-19 at the Big White Ski Resort near Kelowna, B.C., as well as those who may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, are now in quarantine, officials say. The Regional District Kootenay Boundary’s Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) was tasked with finding housing for infected …

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Penticton liquor store owner calls for beefed-up fines after anti-masker allegedly harasses staff

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A Penticton, B.C., liquor owner said the provincial government should beef up fines for those not complying with B.C.’s mandatory mask policy after a confrontation at his store on Sunday. Jeff Leonard, the owner of the Government Street liquor store, said a customer refused to put on a mask …

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COVID-19 complacency rampant at first high school in South Okanagan to have exposure, students say

Students congregate outside Princess Margaret Secondary School over the lunch hour on Wednesday. Some were not physically distant or wearing masks.

Students at the first secondary school in the South Okanagan to be notified of a COVID-19 exposure say it’s a wake-up call, as some classmates have become complacent in following on-site safety protocols. On Tuesday night, families of approximately 500 students in Grades 9 through 12 at Princess Margaret …

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