COVID-19

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33 inmates, 18 employees infected in COVID-19 outbreak at Kent Institution

All employees, inmates equipped with masks, CSC says

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Penticton-based poet Shane Koyczan released his poem Tomorrow on YouTube speaking a message of hope for what 2022 could bring. (Shane Koyczan photo)

Famed Penticton poet Shane Koyczan offers a dose of hope for 2022

Shane Koyczan releases ‘Tomorrow’ on Youtube where we should ‘stockpile hope like toilet paper’

Penticton-based poet Shane Koyczan released his poem Tomorrow on YouTube speaking a message of hope for what 2022 could bring. (Shane Koyczan photo)
After a two-day hiatus, Pacific Coastal Airlines flights will resume on Jan. 4. (File photo)
After a two-day hiatus, Pacific Coastal Airlines flights will resume on Jan. 4. (File photo)
Rolly’s Restaurant in Hope is closed on Oct. 20 as they fight to stay operating without a business licence. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)

TOP STORIES 2021: Rolly’s Restaurant in Hope now closed for three months

Restaurant owners would have to agree to ask patrons for vaccine passes before re-opening

Rolly’s Restaurant in Hope is closed on Oct. 20 as they fight to stay operating without a business licence. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)
18 employees of Kent Institution have recently tested positive for COVID-19. (File Photo)

18 employees, 2 inmates test positive for COVID-19 at Kent Institution

All employees, inmates equipped with masks, CSC says

18 employees of Kent Institution have recently tested positive for COVID-19. (File Photo)
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Manning Park Resort workers report at least 20 cases of COVID-19 among staff

But management says protocols are being followed and sick employees are taken out of workforce

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TOP STORIES 2021: Hope lagging behind other Fraser Health communities for vaccinations

COVID-19 testing and vaccination is held at Fraser Canyon Hospital on weekdays

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Some B.C. fitness centres and their clients are calling on the government to deem gyms and fitness centres as essential after being forced to once again close their doors because of pandemic-related measures. Bars and fitness centres were ordered to close as of December 23, 2021 until at least January 18, 2022. (Pixabay file)

B.C. gym forced to close due to B.C. COVID mandate calls for essential service status

Gyms, fitness centres and bars were recently ordered to close under new Omicron-related measures

Some B.C. fitness centres and their clients are calling on the government to deem gyms and fitness centres as essential after being forced to once again close their doors because of pandemic-related measures. Bars and fitness centres were ordered to close as of December 23, 2021 until at least January 18, 2022. (Pixabay file)
Kelowna Courthouse. (Phil McLachlan-Capital News/FILE)

Prominent Kelowna anti-lockdown protester faces assault charges

David Lindsay faces two counts of assault related to an incident on August 19

Kelowna Courthouse. (Phil McLachlan-Capital News/FILE)
The BC School COVID Tracker website and Facebook page have nearly 60,000 followers, and has become a ‘go-to’ source for the latest information on COVID exposures within the BC School system. (Aman Parhar/Omineca Express)

B.C. COVID school tracker website continues to grow

Website authenticates all information before adding to database

The BC School COVID Tracker website and Facebook page have nearly 60,000 followers, and has become a ‘go-to’ source for the latest information on COVID exposures within the BC School system. (Aman Parhar/Omineca Express)
The Abbotsford Flea Market was temporarily closed while they waited to hear more from Fraser Health about the need for vaccination proof for vendors and guests. (Facebook photo)

Abbotsford Flea Market can operate without vaccine requirement, says Fraser Health

Phone call regarding complaints was made in error, health authority tells market owner

The Abbotsford Flea Market was temporarily closed while they waited to hear more from Fraser Health about the need for vaccination proof for vendors and guests. (Facebook photo)
The Abbotsford Flea Market is temporarily closed while they wait to hear more from Fraser Health about the need for vaccination proof for vendors and guests. (Facebook photo)

UPDATE: Uncertainty around COVID regulations forced closure of Abbotsford Flea Market

Owner said confusion started from call from Fraser Health regarding complaints from the public

The Abbotsford Flea Market is temporarily closed while they wait to hear more from Fraser Health about the need for vaccination proof for vendors and guests. (Facebook photo)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, here receiving a seasonal flu vaccination, says the high vaccination rate at UVic is helping prevent serious illness despite a spike in COVID-19 cases associated with the school. (Courtesy Province of B.C.)

High vaccination rate helped mitigate B.C. university COVID-19 spike: Dr. Henry

Case uptick hasn’t translated into severe illness in University of Victoria community, Henry says

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, here receiving a seasonal flu vaccination, says the high vaccination rate at UVic is helping prevent serious illness despite a spike in COVID-19 cases associated with the school. (Courtesy Province of B.C.)
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No vaccine mandate for Fraser Cascade School District

SD78 opted against the move for schools in Hope, Agassiz, Yale, Boston Bar and Harrison Hot Springs

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Small businesses in B.C. such as along Bernard Avenue in Kelowna's downtown core will continue to face challenging fiscal times in 2022. (File photo)

Grim 2022 outlook for B.C.’s small business sector

Business sector report calls for more government fiscal help

Small businesses in B.C. such as along Bernard Avenue in Kelowna's downtown core will continue to face challenging fiscal times in 2022. (File photo)
A house on the corner of Queensway Dr. and Mark Ave. south of Terrace on Dec. 17, 2021. Dr. Raina Fumerton, Northern Health chief medical officer for the northwest, said that anti-government attitudes could be a factor in stalling COVID-19 vaccination rates in the health authority. (Ben Bogstie/Terrace Standard)

COVID vaccination rates stall out in northern B.C.

Hesitancy, mistrust are among factors at play

A house on the corner of Queensway Dr. and Mark Ave. south of Terrace on Dec. 17, 2021. Dr. Raina Fumerton, Northern Health chief medical officer for the northwest, said that anti-government attitudes could be a factor in stalling COVID-19 vaccination rates in the health authority. (Ben Bogstie/Terrace Standard)
The faces of Premier John Horgan and Health Minister Adrian Dix were attached to effigies hung during a vaccine protest event at the B.C. legislature on Dec. 9. (Photo courtesy of Facebook/Anne O’Neil)

‘Unacceptable:’ B.C. attorney general responds after premier, ministers hung in effigy

Actions came at Dec. 9 at vaccine protest rally, VicPD gathering information

The faces of Premier John Horgan and Health Minister Adrian Dix were attached to effigies hung during a vaccine protest event at the B.C. legislature on Dec. 9. (Photo courtesy of Facebook/Anne O’Neil)
A COVID-19 vaccination clinic is planned for the Hope Legion on Dec. 12. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard file)

COVID-19 immunization clinic planned for Hope this Sunday

Hope’s daily clinic for testing and shots closed for a week due to flooding in area

A COVID-19 vaccination clinic is planned for the Hope Legion on Dec. 12. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard file)
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B.C. chiropractor pens motion to regulator to ‘take a stand’ against vaccine mandates

Mark Foullong urged the College of Chiropractors of British Columbia to maintain “medical freedom of choice”

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An elementary school child gets a COVID-19 test at the Hegevig Regional Fire Training Center on Aug. 27. In early November, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 through 12. Previously, the vaccine had only been OK’d for people 12 and older. The Juneau School district reported many COVID-19 cases in children who were not eligible to be vaccinated. In some cases the positive tests led to classroom quarantines. (Dana Zigmund/Juneau Empire)

Weather problems cause week-long closure of Hope COVID clinic

Testing and vaccination on hold in Hope as town deals with flooding and road closures

An elementary school child gets a COVID-19 test at the Hegevig Regional Fire Training Center on Aug. 27. In early November, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 through 12. Previously, the vaccine had only been OK’d for people 12 and older. The Juneau School district reported many COVID-19 cases in children who were not eligible to be vaccinated. In some cases the positive tests led to classroom quarantines. (Dana Zigmund/Juneau Empire)