Tag Archives: Okanagan

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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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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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: Central Okanagan crisis line calls continue to increase dramatically – Okanagan

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to deepen, so does the stress and anxiety experienced by many British Columbians. That all-too-common stress and anxiety has mental health crisis lines ringing off the hook. “We are seeing a huge rise in the number of calls that we are receiving so we …

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Efforts underway to pull off Okanagan’s largest toy drive despite actual event being cancelled – Okanagan

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The Tiny Tim charity breakfast and toy drive has been a long-running tradition in Kelowna. Every year, it draws hundreds of people who, in exchange for a new toy donation, receive a buffet breakfast and live entertainment, including a visit from Santa, courtesy of the Coast Capri Hotel. Read …

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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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Penticton mandates masks at city facilities – Okanagan

Penticton mandates masks at city facilities - Okanagan

Non-medical masks are now required at all of Penticton’s municipal facilities when physical distancing is difficult. “We continue to do our part to follow the most recent advice from our provincial health officer by introducing measures that prevent the spread of COVID-19,” said Daniel York, the city’s occupational health and …

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