Okanagan coronavirus

Okanagan dance studio owner fears B.C. setting stage for future closures, pleads to stay open

Okanagan dance studio owner fears B.C. setting stage for future closures, pleads to stay open

An Okanagan dance studio owner hopes the B.C. government isn’t setting the stage for future closures, as venues that operate indoor group fitness activities are ordered to pause operations this week due to the coronavirus pandemic. Ashlie Atkinson, the owner of the Balance School of Performing Arts in Penticton, …

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Kelowna, B.C., woman arrested after COVID-19 mask dispute at Value Village

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A 41-year-old Kelowna, B.C., woman was arrested on Sunday after she refused to wear a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at a Value Village store. Mounties responded to a complaint of trespass and causing a disturbance at the business in the 100-block of Aurora Crescent just after 4 …

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Coronavirus: Case count, positivity rate climbs in B.C.’s Southern Interior

Coronavirus: Case count, positivity rate climbs in B.C.’s Southern Interior

The number of coronavirus cases continues to trend upwards in B.C.’s Southern Interior, with 34 new lab-confirmed cases announced on Thursday in the Interior Health region. In the Okanagan region specifically, the latest data shows there were 144 cases of the coronavirus over a two week period, from Oct. …

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Coronavirus spreads among Kelowna school population, 3 more exposures announced

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The novel coronavirus continues to spread among schools in the Central Okanagan. On Sunday, Central Okanagan Public Schools announced a new confirmed case of COVID-19 connected to the École Dr. Knox Middle School. The person who tested positive for the virus is said to be quarantining at home as …

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Mask-wearing ‘prohibited’ at gift shop in Keremeos, B.C., despite public health recommendations

Dave Shearer transformed half of his art gallery into a “truth centre,” disputing evidence-based public health recommendations and restrictions.

Despite provincial and federal health officials strongly recommending people wear non-medical masks in public spaces to combat the spread of COVID-19, a Keremeos, B.C., business owner is promoting the opposite advice. Dave Shearer, the owner of the One Eyed Budgie Gift Shop, erected signage at his shop that says …

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COVID-19 case at Kelowna Secondary School confirmed

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A case of COVID-19 has been confirmed at the Okanagan’s largest school, Kelowna Secondary. The Central Okanagan school district says in a press release that Interior Health has confirmed the positive test, but school officials won’t say if it’s a student or staff member who is sick. Read more: …

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Vernon Cadet Camp Museum turns to public for help during coronavirus pandemic – Okanagan

Vernon Cadet Camp Museum turns to public for help during coronavirus pandemic - Okanagan

The Vernon Cadet Camp Museum is asking the public for help, after it could not open its doors to the public this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “As a small museum, our fundraising, especially in the summertime, comes from donations at the door and our Kit Shop and we …

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Enderby, B.C., city councillors, staff self-isolating after COVID-19 exposure

Enderby, B.C., city councillors, staff self-isolating after COVID-19 exposure

All staff and city councillors who attended a council meeting last Monday in the tiny North Okanagan community of Enderby, B.C., are self-isolating following COVID-19 exposure. The city says a person who attended council chambers at City Hall on the evening of Aug. 17 later tested positive for the virus. …

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People under 40 make up half of coronavirus cases in Interior Health

The BCCDC dashboard shows 113 B.C. Southern Interior residents in their 20s have contracted the virus, as well as 72 people in their 30s.

Young people under the age of 40 make up a disproportionately large number of coronavirus cases in the Okanagan and throughout the wider Interior Health region, according to statistics from the BC Centre for Disease Control. Forty-seven per cent of diagnosed cases in the Interior Health region involve people aged …

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Coronavirus: Okanagan Regional Library branches reopening to public – Okanagan

Coronavirus: Okanagan Regional Library branches reopening to public - Okanagan

Libraries across the Okanagan are beginning to open, but there are a few new steps that we have all become used to from social distancing — such as maintaining at least six feet of distance from others and using hand sanitizer when entering the library. “Phase three of our COVID-19 …

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