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New LifeLabs antibody test announced for British Columbians

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For British Columbians who have been feeling under the weather over the last few months but were never tested for COVID-19, there’s now a way to find out if they’ve had the novel coronavirus. LifeLabs is offering an antibody, or serology, test for $75. Read more: Canada secures 26K …

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Coronavirus: Kelowna bus driver tests positive for COVID-19 – Okanagan

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A public bus driver in Kelowna has tested positive for COVID-19. The news was confirmed on Wednesday by Al Peressini, president of Amalgamated Transit Union 1722. “Sad to hear one of our drivers was diagnosed with (COVID-19) on Sunday,” Peressini told Global News. “(The driver) started feeling ill on …

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Coronavirus: Public calling for more enforcement for BC Transit’s mandatory mask policy

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A 60-year-old Vernon, B.C., man, who lives with physical disabilities, said he is too afraid to ride the bus — a public service he depends on. “It’s scary, it’s very concerning,” said Gary Armstrong. “I went to get on the public bus yesterday and I looked up and noticed …

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Coronavirus: Okanagan charity puts out plea for donations after fundraising event cancelled – Okanagan

Coronavirus: Okanagan charity puts out plea for donations after fundraising event cancelled - Okanagan

The East Meets West Children’s Foundation is putting out a plea to past supporters and the general public to consider making a donation to the charity. Every year the Okanagan charity holds its fundraising dinner just before the Indian festival of Diwali, but unfortunately it had to be cancelled …

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Coronavirus: Big White Ski Resort opens amid pandemic – Okanagan

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Heading to the local ski hill is among the activities still sanctioned by B.C.’s top doctor, despite a provincial regional travel advisory issued on Thursday.  Friday, Nov. 20, was the opening day for season-pass holders at the Big White Ski Resort, a group that may become the mountain’s main …

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COVID-19 gargle test, now available for adults, arrives in the Okanagan – Okanagan

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The COVID-19 gargle test is now available for adults in the Okanagan, and Interior Health says it’s just as effective as the swab test up the nose. Until this week, the spit test was only available to children. Read more: So long swabs: B.C. unveils new mouth-rinse COVID-19 test …

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Interior Health preparing for COVID-19 vaccination distribution

Interior Health preparing for COVID-19 vaccination distribution

While it’s unclear when a COVID-19 vaccine may be approved for use in Canada, Interior Health (IH) is preparing ahead of time to roll out a vaccination program. That planning includes discussions of which groups to prioritize when immunization is able to start. Read more: Canada’s coronavirus vaccine rollout: …

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Coronavirus: Possible exposure at Kelowna Family YMCA, Interior Health says – Okanagan

Coronavirus: Possible exposure at Kelowna Family YMCA, Interior Health says - Okanagan

The YMCA of Okanagan is reporting a person who tested positive for COVID-19 attended the pool at the Kelowna Family YMCA on the evening of Nov. 3. The possible exposure is limited to the pool area. Read more: B.C. breaks records again with 617 new COVID-19 cases, 167 in …

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Coronavirus: More possible COVID-19 exposures reported in Okanagan – Okanagan

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Interior Health is reporting possible COVID-19 exposure at Mission Hill Elementary School in Vernon. The exposure dates are Nov. 9 and Nov. 10. Contact tracing is ongoing. The BC Centre for Disease Control is also reporting a case of COVID-19 on a flight from Vancouver to Kelowna on Nov. …

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Coronavirus: Kelowna’s mayor reacts to anti-lockdown messages spray-painted on city hall – Okanagan

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Kelowna’s city hall has been vandalized with anti-lockdown messages for the second time in less than three weeks. Police say the vandalism happened around 4:30 a.m., on Wednesday. Kelowna RCMP have released an image of a person of interest, in hopes someone will recognize the alleged vandal. “At this …

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