Coronavirus

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney takes questions after announcing new COVID-19 measures for Alberta in Calgary, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Alberta post-secondary schools cancel in-person classes as new COVID rules kick in

On-line learning is to continue, new rules announced yesterday, some take effect immediately

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney takes questions after announcing new COVID-19 measures for Alberta in Calgary, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
A woman wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus is silhouetted as she walks by a TV screen showing CCTV reporting number of COVID-19 cases in China, at a shopping mall in Beijing, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

China says it has vaccinated 1 billion people

Number represents about 72% of the country’s 1.4 billion people

A woman wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus is silhouetted as she walks by a TV screen showing CCTV reporting number of COVID-19 cases in China, at a shopping mall in Beijing, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Liberal leader Justin Trudeau makes a campaign stop in Montreal, Quebec, on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Federal leaders point fingers at each other over Alberta’s COVID-19 health emergency

Trudeau says Conservatives aren’t handling COVID well, O’Toole says it’s the Liberals

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau makes a campaign stop in Montreal, Quebec, on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Josh Mellor has COVID-19 and is fighting for his life in an ICU in Victoria. (Submitted by Miranda Mellor)

UPDATED: Young Cowichan farmer with COVID-19 put on ventilator

Josh Mellor is in the ICU at Royal Jubilee Hospital

Josh Mellor has COVID-19 and is fighting for his life in an ICU in Victoria. (Submitted by Miranda Mellor)
Empty Moderna vaccine vials are shown before a COVID-19 vaccine drive-thru clinic at Richardson stadium in Kingston, Ont., on Friday, July 2, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

Pfizer, Moderna mRNA vaccine get new brand names and full Health Canada approval

Pfizer BioNTech’s vaccine will now be called Comirnaty and the Moderna’s vaccine will be named SpikeVax

Empty Moderna vaccine vials are shown before a COVID-19 vaccine drive-thru clinic at Richardson stadium in Kingston, Ont., on Friday, July 2, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announces new COVID-19 measures for Alberta in Calgary, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announces new COVID-19 measures for Alberta in Calgary, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
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UPDATED: Khowhemun latest Cowichan Valley schools with COVID within school community

10 Valley schools have reported cases in their communities

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Charlie Rensby gets a COVID-19 vaccination at a clinic in Burns Lake. (Priyanka Ketkar photo/Lakes District News)

B.C. COVID-19 infections stay high, 661 new cases Wednesday

7 more deaths in 24 hours, hospital cases remain at 288

Charlie Rensby gets a COVID-19 vaccination at a clinic in Burns Lake. (Priyanka Ketkar photo/Lakes District News)
A B.C. man was fired for breaking COVID-19 protocols after a case of chicken wing-induced diarrhea was mistaken for COVID-19 by his employer. (Scott Eckersley/Unsplash photo)

B.C. man wins job back after post-chicken wing diarrhea mistaken for COVID symptom

Arbitrator rules to reinstate worker as company COVID-19 policies were unclear

A B.C. man was fired for breaking COVID-19 protocols after a case of chicken wing-induced diarrhea was mistaken for COVID-19 by his employer. (Scott Eckersley/Unsplash photo)
Esquimalt’s Sunset Lodge long-term care home is the site of an ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. (Google Maps)

Two more deaths reported from COVID-19 outbreak at Esquimalt care home

Six Sunset Lodge residents have died since outbreak began Aug. 27

Esquimalt’s Sunset Lodge long-term care home is the site of an ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. (Google Maps)
Protesters gather at the Foothills Hospital to oppose COVID-19 related public health measures in Calgary, Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Alberta doctors press government to strengthen restrictions as ICU admissions rocket

Alberta doctors called on the government to restrict unvaccinated people from indoor…

Protesters gather at the Foothills Hospital to oppose COVID-19 related public health measures in Calgary, Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
A man wears a mask as he enters the Calgary Courts Centre during COVID-19 restrictions on Monday, May 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

‘Canada has fallen’: Calgary pastor unrepentant at his sentencing for COVID-19 breach

Artur Pawlowski says he is political prisoner, persecuted by Alberta Health Services

A man wears a mask as he enters the Calgary Courts Centre during COVID-19 restrictions on Monday, May 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's chief medical officer of health, makes her way to the podium to provide an update on COVID-19 and back-to-school guidance in Edmonton on Friday, Aug. 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Alberta’s ‘Open For Summer’ plan was premature: chief medical officer of health

Hinshaw: ‘Delta has spread much more quickly and has had more severe outcomes than we anticipated’

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's chief medical officer of health, makes her way to the podium to provide an update on COVID-19 and back-to-school guidance in Edmonton on Friday, Aug. 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
A person receives a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. reports 677 new cases, 1 death due to COVID-19

There are 288 people in hospital, nearly half of whom are in ICU

A person receives a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
FILE – British Columbia Health Minister Adrian Dix responds to questions during a news conference regarding the novel coronavirus COVID-19, in Vancouver, on Saturday, March 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Newborn with COVID sent home from ICU, 2nd child remains in critical care: Dix

Two children under the age of 10 have died of COVID-19 since the pandemic began

FILE – British Columbia Health Minister Adrian Dix responds to questions during a news conference regarding the novel coronavirus COVID-19, in Vancouver, on Saturday, March 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A person receives a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. COVID-19 vaccine card could help loosen some pandemic restrictions: Henry

Limits on gatherings being revised to allow for exemptions where proof of vaccination is required

A person receives a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
The Northwest Territories flag flies in Ottawa, Monday July 6, 2020. The chief public health officer in the N.W.T. has closed all schools in Yellowknife and surrounding areas after a spike in COVID-19 cases. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Yellowknife schools ordered to close for 10 days as COVID-19 cases grow

The territory is dealing with its worst outbreak since the start of the pandemic

The Northwest Territories flag flies in Ottawa, Monday July 6, 2020. The chief public health officer in the N.W.T. has closed all schools in Yellowknife and surrounding areas after a spike in COVID-19 cases. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Daily new COVID-19 infections to Sept. 8, 2021, seven-day moving average in white. New infections have begun to level off since late August after a surge in spread of the delta variant. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)

B.C. COVID-19 cases decline, 823 Saturday, 641 Sunday, 520 Monday

Hospital pressure continues, nine more deaths over weekend

Daily new COVID-19 infections to Sept. 8, 2021, seven-day moving average in white. New infections have begun to level off since late August after a surge in spread of the delta variant. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
FILE – A health care worker is seen outside the Emergency dept. of the Vancouver General Hospital in Vancouver Monday, March 30, 2020. . THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

All health care workers in B.C. must be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. 26: Henry

Announcement expands on previous mandate for long-term care and assisted living workers

FILE – A health care worker is seen outside the Emergency dept. of the Vancouver General Hospital in Vancouver Monday, March 30, 2020. . THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward