Darrell Roberts

Darrell Roberts is a writer living in St. John's.

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Excitement, nervousness for N.L. K-12 students heading back to school Tuesday

Students from across Newfoundland and Labrador tell CBC News they’re excited to go back to in-class learning and see their friends and teachers, though some question the timing of the return to school.

Students and faculty say MUN's plan for returning to in-person classes lacks detail

Memorial University students, faculty and staff are heading back to in-person classes on Jan. 31, but student and faculty representatives say the plan fails to ensure student and instructor safety.

Thousands of N.L. students, teachers and school staff pick up rapid tests ahead of possible return to class

Schools across Newfoundland and Labrador have begun handing out rapid testing kits to students, teachers and staff, as the province aims for a return to the classroom on Monday.

Springdale retirement home owner pleads for help as COVID-19 spreads among staff, residents

The owner of a retirement home in central Newfoundland says his facility is in dire straits due to COVID-19. He's asking for more resources to help deal with the situation inside N.L. personal care homes.

St. John's retirement home hopes to combat loneliness with 'tea and a yarn'

Bishops Gardens is introducing a new program where members of the community can volunteer for virtual visits with isolated seniors.

N.L. emergency services scramble to cover Omicron-related worker shortages

Newfoundland and Labrador paramedics, firefighters and police are implementing contingency plans as numerous workers and volunteers are forced to self-isolate due to COVID-19 exposures or positive test results.

Retirement homes on edge as Public Health tries to prevent more COVID-19 outbreaks

As multiple N.L. congregate living facilities experience COVID-19 outbreaks, Public Health is tightening visitor restrictions and implementing quarantine measures to prevent further spread.

As N.L. warns of COVID-19's inevitability, immunocompromised people fear they've been forgotten

N.L. health officials have said it's likely that most people will at some point contract COVID-19. But for some people with compromised immune systems and other chronic conditions, getting the virus is not an option.

Residents of N.L. retirement homes 'hope and pray' visitor restrictions don't last long

Public Health has implemented strict visitor restrictions at long-term and personal-care facilities across the province, and residents are once again struggling with isolation from family and friends.

For those in N.L. who don't drive, getting tested for COVID-19 can be difficult

As cases of COVID-19 skyrocket across Newfoundland and Labrador, more and more people are getting tested — but those without access to a vehicle say getting tested is a difficult and confusing process. Eastern Health's CEO says a formalized protocol is coming.

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