Topic: b.c. coronavirus

Peer support workers on front lines of overdose crisis in Vancouver set to join union

Dozens of peer support workers, with experiences similar to those fighting addiction, are about to be unionized in a move their union says formally recognizes the role they play in saving lives.

SFU health expert, citing COVID variants, urges B.C. to act quickly to restrict inter-provincial travel

Kelley Lee, the director of global health studies at Simon Fraser University, says no jurisdiction can completely shut its borders to essential travellers, but B.C. should consider restrictions, along with other measures, such as screening and testing.

B.C. says it will still administer 2nd doses despite loss of Pfizer shipment next week

B.C.'s health minister says the province will adjust its vaccination plans in light of the news that Pfizer-BioNTech will not send any doses to Canada next week.

Maskless man and woman each fined $230 after coughing at people in Vancouver gym: police

A man and woman have each been fined for not wearing masks after they coughed in the direction of customers at a gym just steps from Vancouver police headquarters.

What you need to know about COVID-19 in B.C. for Jan. 19

The Sunday-to-Monday jump of 301 new cases represents the lowest level of one-day growth since Nov. 3, with active cases at their lowest level since Nov. 7. Restrictions were first implemented for some health regions in B.C. on Nov. 8.

Vancouver high schoolers suffering from too few instructional hours during pandemic, parents say

The Vancouver School Board is getting a failing grade from some parents who say their children aren't getting enough class time in high school. This perceived instructional deficit has them worried about their kids' academic prospects in the future and their mental health today.

Garden Hill First Nation says outside help is needed to fight COVID-19 outbreak

The First Nation is waiting on an assessment from the Canadian Armed Forces.

Kelowna church fined $2,300 a 2nd time for holding in-person services

Kelowna Harvest Church pastor Art Lucier says he received a $2,300 violation ticket on Sunday for holding services.

Large number of staff affected by COVID-19 forces temporary closure of Cowichan Valley school

The Duncan Christian School is closed for two weeks due to a COVID-19 cluster, part of a wave of COVID-19 cases hitting Vancouver Island's Cowichan Valley.

Vancouver's historic Hollywood Theatre is banking on more than movies to survive the pandemic

At a time when Vancouver venues are struggling, the historic Hollywood Theatre in the Kitsilano neighbourhood is banking on more than just movies to survive.

What you need to know about COVID-19 in B.C. for Jan. 18

The Sunday-to-Monday jump of 301 new cases represents the lowest level of one-day growth since Nov. 3, with active cases at their lowest level since Nov. 7. Restrictions were first implemented for some health regions in B.C. on Nov. 8.

Rudolf Neufeld died from COVID-19. This is why his family wants you to know his story

Rudolf Neufeld was a jokester and an active man who continued going to the gym even after he was diagnosed with dementia. He died two days before Christmas at the age of 81 after contracting COVID-19 at Lions Gate Hospital, after being admitted shortly before an outbreak there.

Gulf Island recycling organization seeking funds to turn garbage garments into textile treasures

The Gabriola Island Recycling Organization, inundated with bags upon bags of donated clothing, is reaching out to the Regional District of Nanaimo in hopes of securing funding to turn pounds of discarded textiles into new products.

B.C. advocate calls on province to prioritize people with Down syndrome for COVID-19 vaccine

People with Down syndrome are 10 times more likely to die from the virus, according to the Down Syndrome Resource Foundation, which has written to Dr. Bonnie Henry to ask if the vulnerable population can be moved up the vaccine queue.

As B.C.'s COVID cases keep rising outside the Lower Mainland, so do debates about following orders

For the last month, active cases have plunged in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley and risen everywhere else. Adjusted for population, the biggest hot spots in the province are now places like Fort St. John, Golden, Burns Lake and Revelstoke. 

Pfizer shortage will have 'significant' impact in immediate period, says B.C. health minister

British Columbia's health minister says the reduction in shipments of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to Canada will have a significant effect, but just in the immediate period.

Canada's top doctor says to avoid non-essential travel, as B.C. explores legal options

Premier John Horgan said Thursday his government was seeking legal advice on whether it can limit interprovincial travel.

Director of UBC's school of public health resigns over holiday travel during pandemic

Peter Berman has resigned as director of the University of British Columbia's School of Population and Public Health just over a week after admitting to holiday travel during the school's winter break.

What you need to know about COVID-19 in B.C. for Jan. 15

B.C.'s curve has started to bend down again following a bump after the holidays, but health officials are warning British Columbians to keep following public health measures as they watch for two confirmed coronavirus variants in the province.

B.C. identifies first case of infectious coronavirus variant found in South Africa

B.C.'s provincial health officer has confirmed the first case of a more infectious coronavirus variant discovered in South Africa.

Party host handed $2,300 COVID-19-related fine after guests became 'belligerent': West Vancouver police

A man was slapped with a $2,300 fine for hosting a party at the business in West Vancouver where he works, after several people he described as clients became aggressive and threatening to officers late last Friday, police say.

Risk of COVID-19 transmission at schools remains low, Coastal Health data shows

90 per cent of positive cases among students and staff have not resulted in any school-based transmission, while a vast majority were contracted either at home or in social settings outside of schools.

B.C. care aides left out of single-site staffing order and vaccine rollout, prompting concern for seniors

Home care aides are still being allowed to work at several different locations, and people in the industry fear that's putting vulnerable seniors at risk of contracting COVID-19 — particularly when aides in the private sector have no idea when they'll receive a vaccine.

B.C. premier seeking legal advice on feasibility of inter-provincial travel ban

The B.C. government is getting legal advice to determine whether an inter-provincial travel ban would be feasible — and, presumably, whether it is constitutional — to further insulate the province as COVID-19 case numbers in other parts of Canada hit "dangerous" levels.

What you need to know about COVID-19 in B.C. for Jan. 14

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix provided an update on case numbers in the province and announced the first detected case of the coronavirus variant first reported in South Africa.

Seniors advocate to investigate what went wrong in B.C.'s deadliest care-home outbreaks

At Little Mountain Place in Vancouver, 41 residents have died from COVID-19, while 71 staff have been infected.

Vaccinating inmates protects us all. To say otherwise is just a cheap attempt to gain votes

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole's dismissal of inmates as unworthy of vaccinations is part of a troubling trend in politics where elected officials ignore solid evidence and policy advice, and instead manipulate our emotions in a cheap attempt to gain votes, writes Ian Gauthier.

12 more people die of COVID-19 as B.C. confirms 519 new cases

B.C. health officials announced 519 new cases of COVID-19 and 12 deaths.

Air Canada suspends flights out of Prince Rupert and Kamloops

The move is part of the company's restructuring under its COVID-19 Mitigation and Recovery Plan, which will reduce "approximately 25 per cent of its planned capacity for … the first quarter of 2021," a statement Wednesday morning said. 

Little Mountain Place care home allowed group activities to continue after positive test, family says

The outbreak at the Little Mountain care home has become the deadliest care home outbreak in B.C. Two families are questioning whether some deaths could have been avoided if the home had taken stronger measures immediately after the first case was identified.

Rapid-testing project at YVR shows promise for future use in long-term care homes

A respirologist who is part of the COVID-19 rapid-testing pilot project at Vancouver International Airport says preliminary results show promise in deploying such testing at B.C.'s hard-hit long-term care homes. 

What you need to know about COVID-19 in B.C. for Jan. 13

Health-care professionals are calling for more rapid testing and inter-provincial travel restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19.

'Worrying' number of tourists from outside B.C. prompts Whistler doctor to call for travel ban

An emergency room doctor in Whistler is calling on the B.C. government to restrict travel from other provinces after seeing a "worrying" number of patients from Ontario and Quebec over the holidays.

Targets, timeline and strategy: What we know about B.C.'s vaccination program

As of of Jan. 11, B.C. had given vaccinations to 62,294 people, representing 88 per cent of the doses received by the province so far.   

9 more people die of COVID-19 in B.C., as 446 new cases confirmed

B.C. health officials announced  446 new cases of COVID-19 and nine more deaths on Tuesday.

Vaccinations on the way for First Nation on Vancouver Island hit hard by COVID-19

At least 70 cases of the virus have been confirmed among Cowichan Tribes members who have been ordered to shelter in place. Now, help is coming for the elderly population of the largest First Nations band in British Columbia.

What you need to know about COVID-19 in B.C. for Jan. 12

In a statement, provincial health officials announce 446 new cases of COVID-19 and nine more deaths on Tuesday.

Vancouver restaurants want more notice of health orders to avoid repeat of New Year's Eve 'chaos'

Many local restaurateurs say they are still smarting from the last-minute changes to COVID-19 restrictions for New Year's Eve, and they don't want the same thing to happen for upcoming Valentine's Day and Mother's Day events.

Outbreak declared as Interior Health confirms 32 cases of COVID-19 linked to Canim Lake Band

Interior Health has confirmed an outbreak within the Canim Lake Band community east of 100 Mile House.

Island mayor condemns racism against First Nation hit hard by COVID-19

North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring took to social media to slam what he called vile and fear-based comments circulating online against Cowichan Tribes members, who are currently under a shelter-in-place order with at least 39 known cases of COVID-19 in the community.

Coroners service confirms first use of refrigerated morgue truck in B.C. to manage overflow of dead

The BC Coroners Service has confirmed that at least one refrigerated morgue truck has been deployed to a site in the Fraser Health Authority region, where more than half of the province's COVID-19 deaths have occurred since the beginning of the pandemic. 

COVID-19 outbreak at St. Paul's Hospital spreads to 3 units

The COVID-19 outbreak at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver has now been confirmed in three units.

What you need to know about COVID-19 in B.C. for Jan. 11

The provincial death toll from the virus reached 1,010, as 22 more deaths were recorded.

Overworked and overwhelmed: UVic faculty and students brace for Round 2 of pandemic university

Like many colleges and universities, the University of Victoria transitioned almost entirely to online learning due to the pandemic. But according to the 5,000 students and about 200 instructors polled in a new survey, this transition has been less than ideal. 

How to prevent and treat 'maskne' and chapped hands during the COVID-19 pandemic

Dr. Monica Li, dermatologist and clinical instructor at UBC’s Faculty of Medicine, offers tips to help keep your skin healthy in 2021.

Hornby Island prepares to build its much anticipated community arts centre — island style

The decades-long dream of an arts centre on the Gulf Island is about to take shape.

B.C. mayor quits after spending holidays in Okanagan cabin

Castlegar, B.C., Mayor Bruno Tassone resigned on Friday after coming under fire for travelling outside the region to a family cabin in the Okanagan during the holiday season. He says he has been bullied by fellow councillors and the media since the vacation.

Big White Ski Resort cancels non-local bookings till Feb. 5 as COVID-19 cluster grows to 143 cases

A ski resort in B.C.'s Okanagan region has cancelled another month's worth of non-local reservations as cases linked to a cluster there continue to climb.

Staff shortages and sense of duty discouraging health-care workers from staying home when sick, unions say

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says there is “a culture of presenteeism in health care,” but unions say workers are worried about staff shortages and inconsistent paid sick leave.

BCTF says more needs to be done to protect teachers and students in Fraser Health

BCTF statement calls for more to be done on contact tracing, masks mandates, physical distancing and for clarity on when an outbreak is declared. They also want teachers and school staff “appropriately prioritized to receive vaccinations as soon as possible.”

18 more people die of COVID-19 in B.C., as 617 new cases confirmed

B.C. health officials announced 617 new cases of COVID-19 and 18 more deaths on Friday.

Legal advocacy group fights B.C. government's COVID-19 rules on protests and places of worship

A legal advocacy group is challenging the B.C. government's COVID-19 restrictions on worship services and public protests, arguing they violate people's rights and freedoms.

Remembering the British Columbians lost to COVID-19

If you've lost someone to COVID-19 in British Columbia and would like CBC to include them in our tributes, please send us an email with B.C. tributes in the subject line to

Seniors suffering from total isolation in B.C. care homes with months-long COVID-19 outbreaks, families say

Leila Emery says her 76-year-old mother has been locked in her room 24 hours a day since an outbreak was declared at Menno Home in Abbotsford, B.C., on Nov. 18 after a resident was exposed in acute care.

What you need to know about COVID-19 in B.C. for Jan. 8

The province announced 617 new cases of COVID-19 and 18 new deaths in a release on Friday.

Residents in care facilities make up nearly two-thirds of COVID-19 deaths in B.C.

Residents in B.C.'s care facilities have accounted for nearly two-thirds of the COVID-19 deaths in the province since the start of the pandemic.

B.C. family of COVID-19 patient couldn't say final goodbye due to confusion over hospital visiting policy

Susan Harris says her family wasn't allowed to see her COVID-positive mother in an isolation ward, even though Interior Health's guidelines don't prohibit visits to patients with coronavirus.

Doctors and nurses want B.C. to rethink 'extremely alarming' delay to 2nd COVID-19 vaccine dose

Two separate groups of B.C. doctors and nurses are calling for the province to reverse course on a decision to delay second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, arguing the move is unscientific, unsafe and unethical.

Stay-at-home order issued by Cowichan Tribes to curb COVID-19 spread

More than 20 cases of the virus have been detected among tribal members since the beginning of January, triggering chief and council to put the order in effect until Jan. 22.

What you need to know about COVID-19 in B.C. for Jan. 7

B.C.'s provincial health officer extended the ban on social gatherings for another month on Thursday, as the province recorded 761 new cases of COVID-19 and eight more deaths.

How a 45% decrease in testing and lack of data over the holidays have obscured COVID-19 transmission rates

Over the last two weeks in British Columbia, a number of factors have made it difficult for people tracking the COVID-19 pandemic to make firm determinations about whether transmission of the virus is declining or not. 

First responders, teachers still waiting for COVID-19 vaccination plans

Paramedics will be vaccinated stating at the end of January, but firefighters are among first responders not currently included in B.C.'s COVID-19 vaccination priority groups. 

Director of UBC's school of public health admits to holiday travel during pandemic

Dr. Peter Berman, the director of the University of British Columbia's School of Population and Public Health, is apologizing for travelling over the holidays.

Another B.C. politician says he travelled internationally despite COVID guidance to stay home

West Vancouver Coun. Peter Lambur said in a statement that he and his wife travelled to the U.S. late in the year to see his six-month-old granddaughter for the first time.

COVID-19 rule breakers rack up almost $500K in fines in B.C.

Officials have issued 124 $2,300 violation tickets to businesses and party hosts since the pandemic began.

COVID-19 claims 3 more lives at Vancouver's Little Mountain Place care home, bringing death toll to 41

Three more seniors living in a long-term care facility beset with COVID-19 cases have died after testing positive for the coronavirus, according to Vancouver Coastal Health.

Surgeries now complete for 90% of B.C. patients who saw postponements during first wave of COVID-19: province

Ninety per cent of patients whose surgeries were delayed during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic last spring were able to have their procedures finished by late November, the province said Wednesday.

Vancouver Island councillor admits she made 'business decision' to attend Mexican wedding in December

Metchosin Coun. Kyara Kahakauwila, who owns a limousine company, has apologized for travelling to Cabo San Lucas on a trip she said was taken to benefit her business.

What you need to know about COVID-19 in B.C. for Jan. 6

B.C. reported 625 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. and eight more deaths on Wednesday.

Family of B.C. leukemia patient worries they're being overlooked in COVID-19 vaccine plan

When Lucy Andersen returns from her hospital stay later this month, her immune system will still be recovering from multiple rounds of chemotherapy, leaving her particularly susceptible to infection with the novel coronavirus.

2 charged with assault of Walmart clerk who asked customers to wear masks: RCMP

A man and a woman have been charged with assaulting a Walmart store clerk in Dawson, B.C., who asked them to wear face masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

COVID-19 outbreaks declared at 3 hospitals across B.C.

The Vancouver Coastal Health authority says it is in the process of contacting the families of patients at St. Paul's Hospital after an unknown number of patients in its heart care centre tested positive for COVID-19. 

Vancouver home sales set new record for December after surging 53.4%

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver says home sales were up 53.4 per cent in the final month of 2020 compared with December 2019, hitting a new record for the month.

What you need to know about COVID-19 in B.C. for Jan. 5

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix said the province is on track to hit its target of immunizing 550,000 people in high priority groups by March.

Opera-loving, globe-trotting, sharp-dressing godfather and mentor dies of COVID-19

Rolf Hundvik, 88, died at an assisted-living home in Burnaby that has seen 28 deaths due to COVID-19. Those closest to him are describing the loss of a mentor who made a huge impression on their lives.

What we know — and don't know — about surging COVID-19 cases in B.C.'s long-term care homes

On Monday, B.C.’s chief health officer said it was too difficult for the province to say how many COVID-19 cases and deaths there had been in individual care homes. 

Fraser Valley homeless shelter declares COVID-19 outbreak after 25 clients diagnosed

Fraser Health has declared an outbreak of COVID-19 at a shelter for people who are homeless in Chilliwack, B.C., after more than two dozen people tested positive for the illness.

New 'near zero' COVID approach needed in Canada, argues group of academics

Eliminating transmission of the virus was seen as an impossible goal because of the size of the province and its physical links with Washington state and Alberta. Instead, B.C. sought to contain the virus, removing or adding restrictions as case counts fell or rose, until a vaccine had been widely distributed.

Residential property values continue climbing in Lower Mainland despite pandemic, new assessments show

COVID-19 is having little effect on real estate values, according to newly released 2021 assessments. Chip Wilson's waterfront home in Kitsilano is still the most expensive residential real estate in B.C., with an assessed value of $66.828 million.

More than 50 residents at Tsawwassen seniors home diagnosed with COVID-19

More than 50 residents at a seniors home in Tsawwassen, B.C., have tested positive for COVID-19 since the first case was confirmed there nine days ago.

Almost 50 cases of COVID-19 detected at Surrey high school

The cases are linked to five different classes at Earl Marriott Secondary, according to district superintendent Jordan Tinney.

What you need to know about COVID-19 in B.C. for Jan. 4

Health officials are due to provide the latest COVID-19 numbers for the first time in four days on Monday.

B.C. politicians stick close to home as peers in other provinces face backlash for holiday travel

All three provincial political parties in B.C. say no caucus members have travelled unnecessarily outside their regions this holiday season unlike some politicians in other provinces.

Cabbie drives alleged anti-mask passenger straight to police station

When a drunk taxi passenger refused to wear a mask, touched the driver's face and ignored requests to follow COVID-19 safety rules as the New Year began, the cabbie changed course and dropped the man off at police headquarters in Victoria, officers say.

What you need to know about COVID-19 in B.C. for Dec. 31

In a bid to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on the last night of the year, B.C. health officials have ordered restaurants, bars and retail locations to stop selling alcohol at 8 p.m. PT on New Year's Eve.

COVID-19 outbreaks declared at Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Langley Memorial Hospital long-term care

Fraser Health has declared COVID-19 outbreaks at Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Langley Memorial Hospital long-term care.

Restaurants left scrambling after B.C. orders early nightcap on New Year's Eve liquor sales

Some members of B.C.'s hospitality industry say stopping liquor sales after 8 p.m. on New Year's Eve is an unfair last-minute blow to bars and restaurants. 

B.C. mom describes 'surreal experience' meeting new son after waking up from COVID-related coma

A B.C. mom who gave birth while in an induced coma because of COVID-19 says she was released from hospital just in time to spend Christmas at home with her family.

B.C.'s All Native Basketball Tournament cancelled because of COVID-19 concerns

Tournament chair Peter Haugan says his committee decided on Dec. 17 to call off the annual event, since they don't expect the pandemic situation will improve significantly in the intervening months.

B.C. orders restaurants, bars and stores to stop liquor sales at 8 p.m. on New Year's Eve

Health officials have confirmed another 485 cases of COVID-19 across British Columbia and 11 more deaths. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced Wednesday that 379 people are in hospital, including 77 who are in intensive care.

A decades-long love story and 2 lives well lived ended by COVID-19

Irene and David Falk were married for 62 years before they passed away within days of each other at an Abbotsford, B.C., care home.

Fewer COVID-19 tests in B.C. could be driving lower case numbers, Dr. Bonnie Henry says

Daily COVID-19 case numbers have been declining in B.C., but Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says fewer people getting tested could be driving that trend.

2,206 new cases of COVID-19 and 74 deaths confirmed in B.C. over past 5 days

As of Tuesday, there are 7,580 active cases of COVID-19 in B.C. A record high of 373 people are in hospital, including 80 in intensive care.

What you need to know about COVID-19 in B.C. for Dec. 29

After a five-day break during which no COVID-19 data was released by the province, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry on Tuesday announced a total of 2,206 new cases of COVID-19 and 74 more deaths.

B.C. Nurses' Union criticizes COVID-19 vaccine rollout for allowing queue jumping

The B.C. Nurses' Union is criticizing the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, just two weeks after the provincial immunization campaign began.

What you need to know about COVID-19 in B.C. for Dec. 28

British Columbia health authorities confirmed on Sunday the first known case of a resident infected with a variant of the COVID-19 virus first identified in the United Kingdom.

Pandemic leaves chronically ill without critical access to washrooms

Mapping the nearest washrooms before leaving home is routine for Remo Testini. For 14 years, he’s been living with Crohn's disease — a chronic inflammatory bowel condition that can lead to severe abdominal pain and a sudden urgent need to use a restroom, among other issues.

B.C. identifies 1st COVID-19 case infected with variant detected in U.K.

British Columbia has identified the first case of a person infected with the COVID-19 variant first detected in the United Kingdom after the person returned from Britain on Dec. 15.

Visiting restrictions in B.C. contribute to depression among care home residents, doctor says

The National Institute on Ageing says families in British Columbia are enduring the most restrictive visitation policies compared with long-term care homes anywhere else in the country.

4 workers at Sun Peaks ski resort hotel test positive for COVID-19

Four workers at a hotel in the ski resort of Sun Peaks, B.C., have tested positive for COVID-19.