Topic: B.c. coronavirus

B.C. reports 33 more people in hospital with COVID-19, 11 more in ICU

B.C. health officials reported 924 people in hospital with COVID-19 on Friday, including 130 in intensive care, as the province recorded nine more deaths from the disease and 2,364 new cases.

'We cannot eliminate all risk': B.C. health officials shift emphasis to preventing transmission of COVID-19

B.C. health officials say contact tracing is no longer effective against the COVID-19 variant and British Columbians need to shift their focus to self-management of symptoms.

Green Party's interim leader among hundreds in B.C. whose surgeries have been postponed

The Green Party of Canada's interim leader is among more than 800 patients in B.C. who have had their surgeries postponed this month.

BCCDC apologizes for creating confusion by repeatedly changing isolation advice

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control has apologized after repeatedly changing its isolation guidelines online over several days.

B.C. reports 891 people in hospital with COVID-19 and 15 more deaths

B.C. health officials reported 891 people in hospital with COVID-19 on Thursday, including 119 in intensive care, as the province recorded 15 more deaths from the disease and 2,150 new cases.

Twitter COVID exposure trackers show need for more data transparency in B.C., expert says

B.C.'s health leaders have been criticized for withholding information on the spread of COVID-19. It's led to the rise of unofficial case trackers on platforms like Twitter, who argue they're helping tackle the provincial government's lack of transparency.
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Gyms set to welcome back British Columbians after month-long closure

Gyms and fitness centres across B.C. will begin opening their doors after a month of closures due to COVID-19 on Friday, but restrictions on capacity and increased safety protocols remain. 

Omicron's strain on B.C.'s hospitals grows, with health experts divided on when it will peak

The strain on British Columbia's hospitals from COVID-19's Omicron variant is deepening, with health experts warning its impact will be felt for months.

B.C. reports 41 more people in hospital with COVID-19, 3 more in the ICU and 13 more deaths

B.C. health officials reported 895 people hospital with COVID-19 on Wednesday, including 115 in intensive care, as the province recorded 13 more deaths from the disease and 2,387 new cases.

B.C. doubling relief funding for eligible businesses still closed due to COVID-19

Businesses that were given public health orders to remain temporarily closed on Tuesday, including bars, nightclubs and event venues, are eligible to receive up to $20,000.
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Gyms to gradually reopen in B.C., but indoor organized gatherings still banned: province

Gyms and fitness centres across B.C. will be allowed to start gradually reopening as of Jan. 20, the province announced Tuesday in an update on public health restrictions.

B.C. teachers must disclose vaccination status if requested, under new public health order

Teri Mooring, president of the B.C. Teachers' Federation, said the union was not consulted or notified ahead of time about the order.

B.C. records new high of 854 people in hospital with COVID-19 and 112 in critical care

B.C. health officials reported 854 people in hospital with COVID-19 on Tuesday, including 112 in intensive care, as the province recorded two more deaths from the disease and 1,975 new cases.

Bars, nightclub operators call for clarity, information on provincial health orders in B.C.

Nightclub and bar operators in the province say they are frustrated with the lack of clarity on public health restrictions that were implemented last month and want advance information from the province's health officials so businesses can plan for the future.

Do you need an N95 mask to protect yourself from Omicron? (And what you need to know if you have one)

N95s are effective because they create a seal that reduces the respiration of particles of a certain size. But some experts say it's unclear whether a person in a setting like a grocery store would be likely to encounter particles with sufficient virus in them to make one necessary.

Exhausted B.C. doctors, nurses brace for predicted peak in COVID-19 patients

Doctors and nurses in British Columbia are on the verge of possible collapse, their representatives say, with the most challenging days of the COVID-19 pandemic for the province's health-care system predicted to be approaching.

B.C. reports 173 more people in hospital with COVID-19, 4 more in the ICU and 22 additional deaths over 3 days

B.C. health officials reported 819 people in hospital with COVID-19 on Monday, including 99 in intensive care, as the province recorded 22 more deaths from the disease and 5,625 new cases over the weekend.

Having these items on hand might help if you catch COVID-19

It's likely we will all be exposed to COVID-19. Having these items on hand in the event you do get sick could be helpful as you recover at home.

B.C.'s $15M tourism relief fund excludes most operators who need support, critics say

On Friday, the province announced the tourism accommodation and commercial recreation relief fund, which is for B.C.-owned hotels or motels that employ more than 150 people, Indigenous-owned resorts on reserves with over 100 employees, and tourism operators who hold tenure or B.C. Parks permits.

A number of players in B.C. curling championships test positive for COVID-19

The provincial organization that oversees competitive curling in B.C. says a number of people who took part in last week's women's and men's provincial curling championships in Kamloops have tested positive for COVID-19, although no one has been hospitalized.
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What can we do to boost COVID-19 vaccination rates among younger children?

Throughout the pandemic, parents have dealt with the incredible stress of keeping their children safe from the coronavirus. But even though a COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for children aged 5-11, the number of shots being given to younger kids is still low.  

Omicron transmission is declining in B.C., modelling suggests — but hospitalizations have yet to peak

COVID-19 modelling released by the B.C. government shows the latest wave propelled by the Omicron variant may have already peaked in parts of the province.

B.C.'s COVID-19 hospitalizations jump to new high of 646 following data reporting change

B.C. health officials reported 646 people in hospital with COVID-19 on Friday, including 95 in intensive care, as the province recorded six more deaths from the disease and 2,275 new cases.

Vulnerable people in B.C. and Alberta being paid to take COVID-19 vaccines for others, officials say

Homeless and vulnerable people in British Columbia and Alberta have been approached with offers of payment to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by those attempting to fraudulently get a vaccine card.

B.C. reports a new high of 534 people in hospital with COVID-19 and 7 more deaths

B.C. health officials say 534 people are now in hospital with COVID-19 — more than at any other time during the pandemic — with 102 in intensive care, as the province reported seven more deaths from the disease and 2,554 new cases on Thursday.

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