Coronavirus

Unvaccinated people are 34 times more likely to be in hospital if they contract COVID-19 than the fully vaccinated, according to B.C. data released Aug. 31. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)

Another 655 COVID-19 cases in B.C. Tuesday, two more deaths

Active outbreaks in health care system now up to 19

Unvaccinated people are 34 times more likely to be in hospital if they contract COVID-19 than the fully vaccinated, according to B.C. data released Aug. 31. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
The latest COVID-19 data for B.C. show that nearly three quarters of infections in the latest case surge are in unvaccinated people between the ages of 20 and 40. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)

B.C. in COVID-19 ‘pandemic of unvaccinated,’ latest data show

Health regions push for higher jab rate as school resumes

The latest COVID-19 data for B.C. show that nearly three quarters of infections in the latest case surge are in unvaccinated people between the ages of 20 and 40. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
A car approaches one of the few lanes open at the Peace Arch border crossing between Canada and the United States, in Blaine, Wash., June 8, 2021. The U.S. State Department is now urging Americans to “reconsider travel” to Canada due to what the Centers for Disease Control call “high” levels of COVID-19 infection. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Elaine Thompson

U.S. Center for Disease Control urges Americans to ‘reconsider’ travel to Canada

Only 61 per cent of eligible Americans are fully vaccinated, compared with nearly 75 per cent of Canadians

A car approaches one of the few lanes open at the Peace Arch border crossing between Canada and the United States, in Blaine, Wash., June 8, 2021. The U.S. State Department is now urging Americans to “reconsider travel” to Canada due to what the Centers for Disease Control call “high” levels of COVID-19 infection. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Elaine Thompson
A sign indicating a COVID-19 vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health is seen in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. prepared to give COVID-19 booster shots when recommended by public health: Dix

More than 76 per cent of those eligible are fully vaccinated in B.C.

A sign indicating a COVID-19 vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health is seen in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Statistics Canada building and signs are pictured in Ottawa on Wednesday, July 3, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Statistics Canada says economy contracted in second quarter of year

Agency said the drop was drive by declines in home resale activity, exports

Statistics Canada building and signs are pictured in Ottawa on Wednesday, July 3, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Ivermectin is a medication that is used to treat parasite infestations in dogs, cats and large animals. While a form of ivermectin that is safe for human consumption exists, it is not approved to treat or prevent COVID-19. (Pexels)

Some B.C. residents are seeking out horse dewormer to treat COVID-19

Misinformation about ivermectin has been spread online, identifying it as a treatment for COVID-19

Ivermectin is a medication that is used to treat parasite infestations in dogs, cats and large animals. While a form of ivermectin that is safe for human consumption exists, it is not approved to treat or prevent COVID-19. (Pexels)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix add their messages of thanks to staff on a bulletin board at a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Victoria, Aug. 3, 2021. (B.C. government photo)

B.C.’s COVID-19 infections total 1,853 over weekend

Seven more deaths recorded over last August weekend

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix add their messages of thanks to staff on a bulletin board at a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Victoria, Aug. 3, 2021. (B.C. government photo)
Health-care workers wait to vaccinate people at a COVID-19 clinic, Tuesday, August 10, 2021 in Montreal.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Quebec Health Department recommends third COVID-19 vaccine dose for immunocompromised

Quebec is not recommending a third dose for long-term care patients

Health-care workers wait to vaccinate people at a COVID-19 clinic, Tuesday, August 10, 2021 in Montreal.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Alberta MLA Shannon Phillips speaks at an announcement of proposed new legislation to protect Alberta’s mountains and watershed from coal mining in Calgary on Monday, March 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Alberta government backbencher denies advocating for COVID case spike in unvaccinated

Alberta has well over one million unvaccinated residents, including 660,000 children under 12

Alberta MLA Shannon Phillips speaks at an announcement of proposed new legislation to protect Alberta’s mountains and watershed from coal mining in Calgary on Monday, March 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Team Alberta skip Brendan Bottcher, right, directs his teammates as Team Canada third Mark Nichols, left, and skip Brad Gushue look on at the Brier in Calgary, Alta., Saturday, March 13, 2021. Curling Canada says all athletes, fans, staff and media will have to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to participate in or attend affiliated events. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Curling Canada to require COVID-19 vaccinations to attend or play in events

Individuals 12 and over attending events must provide a proof of first vaccination by no later than Sept. 8

Team Alberta skip Brendan Bottcher, right, directs his teammates as Team Canada third Mark Nichols, left, and skip Brad Gushue look on at the Brier in Calgary, Alta., Saturday, March 13, 2021. Curling Canada says all athletes, fans, staff and media will have to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to participate in or attend affiliated events. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and Premier John Horgan speak at the B.C. legislature, Aug. 23, 2021. Ending contracted out food and cleaning services in health care was an NDP election promise in 2020. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. ending contracts for health care housekeeping, food services

Reverses contracting out of services by B.C. Liberals in 2003

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and Premier John Horgan speak at the B.C. legislature, Aug. 23, 2021. Ending contracted out food and cleaning services in health care was an NDP election promise in 2020. (B.C. government photo)
COVID-19 vaccination rates by B.C. region to Aug. 26, 2021. Lightest green in northeast B.C. indicates 51-60% first dose coverage. Second lightest green in B.C. Cariboo, Smithers and Skeena and parts of Kootenay region indicates 61-70% first dose coverage. Second darkest areas are 71-80% and darkest is more than 80%. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)

B.C. COVID-19 drop-in vaccination clinics continue into September

Focus on rural areas as large vaccine clinics wind down

COVID-19 vaccination rates by B.C. region to Aug. 26, 2021. Lightest green in northeast B.C. indicates 51-60% first dose coverage. Second lightest green in B.C. Cariboo, Smithers and Skeena and parts of Kootenay region indicates 61-70% first dose coverage. Second darkest areas are 71-80% and darkest is more than 80%. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
(Black Press Media files)

Enforcement of B.C. vaccine cards sparks concern over resources for police

Vaccine card will come into effect on Sept. 13 for one dose, Oct. 24 for two

(Black Press Media files)
FILE - In this Friday, July 16, 2021 file photo, visitors enjoy the view from top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The European Union is expected to recommend that its member states reinstate restrictions on tourists from the U.S. because of rising coronavirus infection levels in the country, EU diplomats said Monday, Aug. 30. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

EU takes US off safe travel list; backs travel restrictions

EU also removed Israel, Kosovo, Lebanon, Montenegro and North Macedonia from the safe list

FILE - In this Friday, July 16, 2021 file photo, visitors enjoy the view from top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The European Union is expected to recommend that its member states reinstate restrictions on tourists from the U.S. because of rising coronavirus infection levels in the country, EU diplomats said Monday, Aug. 30. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)
A Red Cross volunteer handles the COVID-19 vaccinations in Le Bourget, north of Paris, Friday, Aug. 13, 2021. In the impoverished Seine-Saint-Denis the vaccination rate has passed from the lowest in mainland France to well above the national average in just a few weeks, notably with the opening of temporary centers to reach out to people where they live and work. (AP Photo/Adrienne Surprenant)

WHO’s European head backs 3rd COVID vaccine doses for the vulnerable

Dr. Hans Kluge cited ‘deeply worrying’ levels of high transmission in Europe

A Red Cross volunteer handles the COVID-19 vaccinations in Le Bourget, north of Paris, Friday, Aug. 13, 2021. In the impoverished Seine-Saint-Denis the vaccination rate has passed from the lowest in mainland France to well above the national average in just a few weeks, notably with the opening of temporary centers to reach out to people where they live and work. (AP Photo/Adrienne Surprenant)
aShawn Baron, operations manager at Voltera poses for a photo at the company’s offices in Kitchener, Ont. on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. GEOFF ROBINS / THE CANADIAN PRESS

Supply chain snafus hampering Canadian tech companies as COVID-19 continues

Shipping is also experiencing upheaval due to the pandemic

aShawn Baron, operations manager at Voltera poses for a photo at the company’s offices in Kitchener, Ont. on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. GEOFF ROBINS / THE CANADIAN PRESS
The Air Canada logo is seen on a hangar at Vancouver International Airport, in Richmond, B.C., on Friday, March 20, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Air Canada’s strict new employee vaccine policy could set new workplace bar: experts

‘Using the word mandating doesn’t actually mean mandating in that circumstance’

The Air Canada logo is seen on a hangar at Vancouver International Airport, in Richmond, B.C., on Friday, March 20, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Former B.C. attorney general and MLA Barry Penner said on Aug. 26, 2021 that if Dr. Bonnie Henry won’t mandate vaccinations for teachers, the Chilliwack Board of Education should. He is seen here outside Cheam elementary in Chilliwack on Aug. 27, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Former B.C. attorney general Barry Penner wants to see mandatory vaccinations for teachers

Father of 2 school kids, Penner says the province won’t order it so the Chilliwack school board should

Former B.C. attorney general and MLA Barry Penner said on Aug. 26, 2021 that if Dr. Bonnie Henry won’t mandate vaccinations for teachers, the Chilliwack Board of Education should. He is seen here outside Cheam elementary in Chilliwack on Aug. 27, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Empty Moderna vaccine vials are shown before a COVID-19 vaccine drive-thru clinic at Richardson stadium in Kingston, Ont., on Friday, Jul. 2, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

Health Canada authorizes Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccines for kids 12 to 17 years old

Clinical trial of 3,700 youth showed none who got two doses developed a COVID-19 infection

Empty Moderna vaccine vials are shown before a COVID-19 vaccine drive-thru clinic at Richardson stadium in Kingston, Ont., on Friday, Jul. 2, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry speaks about the province’s COVID-19 situation from Vancouver, Aug. 12, 2021. (B.C. government photo)

B.C.’s daily COVID-19 case count keeps rising, 867 on Friday

Three more deaths in Interior Health region in 24 hours

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry speaks about the province’s COVID-19 situation from Vancouver, Aug. 12, 2021. (B.C. government photo)