Coronavirus

British Columbia provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry wears a face mask as she views the Murals of Gratitude exhibition in Vancouver, on Friday, July 3, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. residents should still wear masks in indoor public places: Dr. Henry

Dr. Bonnie Henry says masks remain an important layer of protection until more people have immunity

British Columbia provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry wears a face mask as she views the Murals of Gratitude exhibition in Vancouver, on Friday, July 3, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
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Gwaii Haanas National Park which opened to Haida locals on June 7 will also be open for off-island visitors from July 1. (Parks Canada photo)

Fully vaccinated tourists welcomed back to Haida Gwaii after year of pandemic visitor ban

Visitors required to sign ‘Haida Gwaii visitor pledge’ prior to visit

Gwaii Haanas National Park which opened to Haida locals on June 7 will also be open for off-island visitors from July 1. (Parks Canada photo)
B.C. ambulance paramedics have been faced with record call volumes from a combination of COVID-19, drug overdoses and most recently heat-related distress of seniors. (The Canadian Press)

B.C. sees 44 cases of COVID-19 Wednesday as pandemic orders wind down

More than 77 per cent of residents 12 and over vaccinated

B.C. ambulance paramedics have been faced with record call volumes from a combination of COVID-19, drug overdoses and most recently heat-related distress of seniors. (The Canadian Press)
A return to normalcy after 15 months of non-medical masks and social distancing is a battle every child in B.C. must now face. (Unsplash)

How B.C. parents can help anxious kids adjust to life as COVID dwindles

Vancouver pediatrician Anamaria Richardson advises parents to express their emotions, create daily routines for their children

A return to normalcy after 15 months of non-medical masks and social distancing is a battle every child in B.C. must now face. (Unsplash)
The province is granting Anxiety Canada $555,000 to develop a series of mental health literacy videos, called Behind The Mask. (Unsplash)

B.C. to fund ‘Behind the Mask’ mental health video series for children, teens

The province is spending $555,000 on the digital awareness initiative in partnership with Anxiety Canada

The province is granting Anxiety Canada $555,000 to develop a series of mental health literacy videos, called Behind The Mask. (Unsplash)
A woman receives her first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at an immunization clinic in Surrey, B.C., on May 14, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Interior Health ready to administer COVID-19 second doses at record pace

Interior Health said over 785,000 doses of the vaccine have been administered

A woman receives her first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at an immunization clinic in Surrey, B.C., on May 14, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, updates media on the COVID-19 situation in Edmonton on Friday, March 20, 2020. She says COVID-19 numbers continue to fall but the plan is to remain vigilant as the province prepares to fully reopen Thursday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Alberta COVID cases continue to fall, province set to fully reopen as planned

‘COVID-19 is not going away completely. It remains a potentially serious illness we must keep respecting’

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, updates media on the COVID-19 situation in Edmonton on Friday, March 20, 2020. She says COVID-19 numbers continue to fall but the plan is to remain vigilant as the province prepares to fully reopen Thursday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Barrier protects checkout clerk at a grocery store in North Vancouver, March 22, 2020. (The Canadian Press)

B.C. businesses may still require masks as COVID-19 order lifts

Masks recommended for 70% of public not yet fully vaccinated

Barrier protects checkout clerk at a grocery store in North Vancouver, March 22, 2020. (The Canadian Press)
FILE – A sign reminding guests to stay 2 metres apart is seen on a fence as people ride an attraction at Playland amusement park at the Pacific National Exhibition, in Vancouver, on Friday, July 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Fair at the PNE returning for short 2021 season in August

Events will be reduced capacity to ensure adherence to current COVID restrictions

FILE – A sign reminding guests to stay 2 metres apart is seen on a fence as people ride an attraction at Playland amusement park at the Pacific National Exhibition, in Vancouver, on Friday, July 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Premier John Horgan talks about B.C.’s plan to restart the province during a news conference at the legislature in Victoria on May 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

B.C. premier says restrictions lifting tomorrow because of ‘extraordinary results’

Horgan proud of province’s high vaccination rates and a low number of cases and deaths

Premier John Horgan talks about B.C.’s plan to restart the province during a news conference at the legislature in Victoria on May 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Vials of both Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines sit empty on the counter at the Junction Chemist Pharmacy, in Toronto, Friday, June 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Heath Canada adds potential side-effect warning to two kinds of COVID-19 vaccines

Patients with a history of capillary leak syndrome warned not get AstraZeneca, COVISHIELD vaccines

Vials of both Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines sit empty on the counter at the Junction Chemist Pharmacy, in Toronto, Friday, June 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix give a briefing on the coronavirus pandemic at the B.C. legislature, April 21, 2020. (B.C. government)

B.C. drops in-person COVID-19 briefings as cases slow to trickle

Masks not mandatory as of Canada Day, 78% of adults vaccinated

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix give a briefing on the coronavirus pandemic at the B.C. legislature, April 21, 2020. (B.C. government)
A sign advising mandatory wearing of masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is shown in Montreal on Saturday, June 19, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughe

Unvaccinated employees could face masks, segregation upon return to office: Experts

As workplaces begin to reopen, employers are grappling with how to keep all workers safe

A sign advising mandatory wearing of masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is shown in Montreal on Saturday, June 19, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughe
Medical transporter Adrian Parrilla moves a patient into a COVID-19 unit. (AP/Jae C. Hong)

B.C.’s COVID-19 death toll likely 2x what’s been reported: study

Preliminary evidence suggests the province’s excess deaths in 2020 were from the virus, says co-author Tara Moriarty

Medical transporter Adrian Parrilla moves a patient into a COVID-19 unit. (AP/Jae C. Hong)
Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam looks at a giant screen showing data during a technical briefing on the COVID pandemic in Canada, Friday, January 15, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

3rd wave would have killed more people in Canada without vaccines: Tam

Less than one-tenth of Canadians over 80 had their first dose of vaccine by the end of January

Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam looks at a giant screen showing data during a technical briefing on the COVID pandemic in Canada, Friday, January 15, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
A woman receives her first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at an immunization clinic in Surrey, B.C., on May 14, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Wedding planners say some clients making rules around vaccination status

‘It seems to be the trend right now, people still seem to be scared’

A woman receives her first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at an immunization clinic in Surrey, B.C., on May 14, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. Premier John Horgan announces the province’s four-step COVID-19 reopening plan, June 14, 2021. (B.C. government)

B.C. drops COVID-19 mask order, recommended until full vaccination

B.C. sees only 29 new cases Tuesday, seven in Fraser Health

B.C. Premier John Horgan announces the province’s four-step COVID-19 reopening plan, June 14, 2021. (B.C. government)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says B.C. has reached a level of immunity where COVID-19 mask rules can be eased for those who have been vaccinated. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. rules for masks, barriers to ease with COVID-19 vaccination

Coronavirus precautions won’t be gone immediately on July 1

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says B.C. has reached a level of immunity where COVID-19 mask rules can be eased for those who have been vaccinated. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Daily COVID-19 cases in B.C. by age group, seven-day moving average to June 24, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)

B.C.’s COVID-19 cases drying up in summer heat, only 38 Monday

Now below 1,000 active infections province-wide

Daily COVID-19 cases in B.C. by age group, seven-day moving average to June 24, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)