COVID-19

Wildland firefighter Ty Feldinger works on steep terrain to put out hot spots remaining from a controlled burn the B.C. Wildfire Service conducted to help contain the White Rock Lake wildfire on Okanagan Indian Band land, northwest of Vernon on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

Vaccine policy to remain in place for B.C. Wildfire Service

All B.C. government employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19

Wildland firefighter Ty Feldinger works on steep terrain to put out hot spots remaining from a controlled burn the B.C. Wildfire Service conducted to help contain the White Rock Lake wildfire on Okanagan Indian Band land, northwest of Vernon on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
Five new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Agassiz-Harrison from April 10 to 16. (Screenshot/BCCDC)

Five new cases of COVID-19 in Agassiz-Harrison: BCCDC

205 cases of COVID-19 reported in local health area in 2022

Five new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Agassiz-Harrison from April 10 to 16. (Screenshot/BCCDC)
Travelers wait in a security line at Love Field in Dallas, Tuesday, April 19, 2022. The major airlines and many of the busiest airports dropped their mask requirements after a Florida judge struck down the CDC mandate and the Transportation Security Administration announced it wouldn’t enforce its 2021 security directive. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Most people in U.S. want masks for travellers: AP-NORC poll

Polling shows a wide partisan divide on the mask issue

Travelers wait in a security line at Love Field in Dallas, Tuesday, April 19, 2022. The major airlines and many of the busiest airports dropped their mask requirements after a Florida judge struck down the CDC mandate and the Transportation Security Administration announced it wouldn’t enforce its 2021 security directive. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Mountain Institution in Agassiz. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

59 inmates at Mountain Institution in Agassiz test positive for COVID-19

‘Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting throughout the site is continuing’

Mountain Institution in Agassiz. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Mickey and Minnie Mouse perform during a parade as they pass by the Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The theme park resort announced Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022, that face coverings will be optional for fully-vaccinated visitors in all indoor and outdoor locations, with one exception. Face masks still will be needed for visitors ages 2 and older on enclosed transportation, such as the resort’s monorail, buses and the resort’s sky gondola. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
Mickey and Minnie Mouse perform during a parade as they pass by the Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The theme park resort announced Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022, that face coverings will be optional for fully-vaccinated visitors in all indoor and outdoor locations, with one exception. Face masks still will be needed for visitors ages 2 and older on enclosed transportation, such as the resort’s monorail, buses and the resort’s sky gondola. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
Everything for Ewe sells wool products like, yarn, sweaters, knitting, crotchet and weaving supplies. (Everything for Ewe/Facebook)

Northern B.C. business fined $5,000 over COVID-19 safety compliance

Northern Health also issued a warning to the business last year over failure to comply with the provincial order for face coverings

Everything for Ewe sells wool products like, yarn, sweaters, knitting, crotchet and weaving supplies. (Everything for Ewe/Facebook)
There has only been one new case of COVID-19 reported between April 3 and 9. (Screenshot/BCCDC)

Agassiz-Harrison reports one new COVID-19 case this past week

Reported COVID-19 cases have been minimal for the past four weeks

There has only been one new case of COVID-19 reported between April 3 and 9. (Screenshot/BCCDC)
What do we know about ‘stealth omicron’ so far? (AP Illustration/Peter Hamlin)

SCIENCE: What do we know about ‘stealth omicron’ so far?

Now the dominant coronavirus version in the U.S.

What do we know about ‘stealth omicron’ so far? (AP Illustration/Peter Hamlin)
Agassiz-Harrison reported only one new case of COVID-19 between March 27 and April 2. (Screenshot/BCCDC)

Seven total cases of COVID-19 in March for Agassiz-Harrison: BCCDC

Only one new cases of COVID-19 this week for local health area

Agassiz-Harrison reported only one new case of COVID-19 between March 27 and April 2. (Screenshot/BCCDC)
There has been zero new cases of COVID-19 for Agassiz-Harrison this past week. (Screenshot/BCCDC)

No new COVID-19 cases for Agassiz-Harrison for the first time in months: BCCDC

There has not been a case-free week since mid-August 2021

There has been zero new cases of COVID-19 for Agassiz-Harrison this past week. (Screenshot/BCCDC)
Oceana PARC residents May Bucholtz and Florence Ross and executive chef Shaun Maclean add to the pot-clanging din at the healthcare workers appreciation event at Peace Arch Hospital Wednesday morning (March 30).

Pot-banging salute returns for Peace Arch Hospital staff

Appreciation event marks second anniversary of short-lived practice

Oceana PARC residents May Bucholtz and Florence Ross and executive chef Shaun Maclean add to the pot-clanging din at the healthcare workers appreciation event at Peace Arch Hospital Wednesday morning (March 30).
West Kelowna resident Ben Orritt was unable to attend his first-ever Vancouver Canucks game in January because of “surprise” COVID-19 ticket cancellations. (Photo courtesy of Ben Orritt)
West Kelowna resident Ben Orritt was unable to attend his first-ever Vancouver Canucks game because of COVID-19 ticket cancellations in January. (Photo courtesy of Ben Orritt)

B.C. man denied refund on Canucks tickets after ‘surprise’ COVID-19 cancellations

Ben Orritt was hoping to take his family to Vancouver in January to attend their first game

West Kelowna resident Ben Orritt was unable to attend his first-ever Vancouver Canucks game in January because of “surprise” COVID-19 ticket cancellations. (Photo courtesy of Ben Orritt)
West Kelowna resident Ben Orritt was unable to attend his first-ever Vancouver Canucks game because of COVID-19 ticket cancellations in January. (Photo courtesy of Ben Orritt)
COVID-19 cases have reached the lowest point in three months this past week with only one reported new case. (Graphics/Adam Louis)

COVID-19 cases hit three-month low in Agassiz-Harrison

Only one new case reported to the BCCDC between March 13 and 19

COVID-19 cases have reached the lowest point in three months this past week with only one reported new case. (Graphics/Adam Louis)
Cloverdale Traditional Elementary School’s PAC was the winner of a contest for 20 HEPA filters. Pictured are the purifiers when they were first shipped to the school. The PAC says the pallets have since been taken apart due to space constraints but the filters remain unused and stored at the school. (Submitted photo: CTS PAC)

‘Waiting to be plugged in’: B.C. school district urged to install donated HEPA filters

Surrey elementary school was the winner of 20 air purifiers that have been sitting unused

Cloverdale Traditional Elementary School’s PAC was the winner of a contest for 20 HEPA filters. Pictured are the purifiers when they were first shipped to the school. The PAC says the pallets have since been taken apart due to space constraints but the filters remain unused and stored at the school. (Submitted photo: CTS PAC)
Bruce Orydzuk talking to security guard in July. (Video: InfoTel)

Kelowna anti-vax protester charged with uttering threats against reporter

Bruce Orydzuk is charged following a July 13 incident outside a vaccine clinic

Bruce Orydzuk talking to security guard in July. (Video: InfoTel)
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‘BearHug BC’ truck convoy travels to Mainland to ‘unite communities in love and truth’

The convoy promises ‘peaceful and lawful’ protesting of health orders and restrictions in province

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Agassiz-Harrison recorded four new cases of COVID-19 from Feb. 27 to March 5. (Graphics/BCCDC)

Four new cases of COVID-19 in Agassiz-Harrison: BCCDC

COVID-19 rates have been near or below average throughout February, BCCDC reports

Agassiz-Harrison recorded four new cases of COVID-19 from Feb. 27 to March 5. (Graphics/BCCDC)
(Photo - @ubcokanagan Twitter)

UBC drops weekly COVID testing for students and faculty

The weekly testing quietly ended on March 1

(Photo - @ubcokanagan Twitter)
Agassiz-Harrison recorded eight new cases of COVID-19 from Feb. 20 to 26 (BCCDC)

COVID-19 rates holding steady in Agassiz-Harrison: BCCDC

Vaccination rates continue to climb in local health area

Agassiz-Harrison recorded eight new cases of COVID-19 from Feb. 20 to 26 (BCCDC)
COVID-19 cases have doubled in prisons nationwide in recent months, according to University of Ottawa research. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

COVID cases have doubled in Canadian prisons as uptick in vaccination across prisoners lull

Total of 16,111 prisoners contracted COVID-19 during this wave, 11 deaths

COVID-19 cases have doubled in prisons nationwide in recent months, according to University of Ottawa research. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
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