COVID-19

The BCCDC has recorded three new cases of COVID-19 between Dec. 5 and 11. (Screenshot/BCCDC)

COVID-19 rates remain low as local weekly average drops

Average is now lower than eight cases per week for the first time in months

The BCCDC has recorded three new cases of COVID-19 between Dec. 5 and 11. (Screenshot/BCCDC)
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)
Five new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in Agassiz-Harrison between Nov. 28 and Dec. 4 (Screenshot/BCCDC)

COVID-19 vaccines roll out for local children as infection rates remain low

Five new cases of COVID-19 this past week in Agassiz-Harrison

Five new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in Agassiz-Harrison between Nov. 28 and Dec. 4 (Screenshot/BCCDC)
A volunteer waits at the door of the Agassiz Agricultural Hall during a vaccination clinic this past summer. (Adam Louis/Observer)

COVID-19 vaccine clinic coming to Agassiz Dec. 7

Book appointments online or by phone

A volunteer waits at the door of the Agassiz Agricultural Hall during a vaccination clinic this past summer. (Adam Louis/Observer)
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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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COVID-19 test kit. Courtesy photo

Free COVID self-test kits to be given away in Abbotsford pop-up event

Kits will be given away and training provided while supplies last

COVID-19 test kit. Courtesy photo
People entering Canada need the ArriveCAN app. (Black Press Media File)

CBSA reminds B.C. residents that ArriveCAN app still a requirement

Regardless of how long or short the trip is, ArriveCAN app is still mandatory

People entering Canada need the ArriveCAN app. (Black Press Media File)
Dr. Bonnie Henry. (B.C. government photo)

Masks must be worn at in-person worship services in B.C., Dr. Henry says

Choirs are included in the the face mask order

Dr. Bonnie Henry. (B.C. government photo)
Very few people, if any, lined up at the Peace Arch border to enter the U.S. Tuesday. (B.C. Highway camera)

No wait at B.C. border as PCR test requirement removed for short trips

As of Nov. 30, fully vaccinated Canadians can enter U.S. for less than 72 hours without PCR test

Very few people, if any, lined up at the Peace Arch border to enter the U.S. Tuesday. (B.C. Highway camera)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has issued a statement about a new COVID-19 variant of concern, “Omicron.” Pictured here, Henry receiving a seasonal influenza vaccination in October. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. health officials report 341 new COVID cases, issue statement on Omicron variant

Effect of ‘Omicron’ variant on transmission and severity not yet known

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has issued a statement about a new COVID-19 variant of concern, “Omicron.” Pictured here, Henry receiving a seasonal influenza vaccination in October. (B.C. government photo)
There are four new cases of COVID-19 in Agassiz-Harrison between Nov. 14 and 20. (Screenshot/BCCDC)

COVID-19 rates fall as vaccine boosters roll out in Agassiz-Harrison

Nearly 40 per cent of 70-plus people received third dose, BCCDC says

There are four new cases of COVID-19 in Agassiz-Harrison between Nov. 14 and 20. (Screenshot/BCCDC)
Teri Mooring, B.C. Teachers’ Federation president, is in favour of holding vaccine clinics at schools. (Twitter/BCTF)

B.C. teachers’ union leader welcomes vaccination clinics at schools

Teri Mooring says schools a hub of the community, especially in smaller towns

Teri Mooring, B.C. Teachers’ Federation president, is in favour of holding vaccine clinics at schools. (Twitter/BCTF)
There is no truth to rumours about stillbirths at Lions Gate Hospital being related to mothers being vaccinated against COVID-19, states Vancouver Coastal Health. (Black Press Media file)

B.C. health authority dispels stillbirth COVID vaccination rumours at North Van hospital

Vancouver Coastal Health says no evidence of added risk of early pregnancy loss after vaccination

There is no truth to rumours about stillbirths at Lions Gate Hospital being related to mothers being vaccinated against COVID-19, states Vancouver Coastal Health. (Black Press Media file)
Dave Perritt smelling ground coffee in the basement of his store. Patrick Penner photo.

Mission coffee roaster fears ‘supertaster’ nose will never return post-COVID

Grab-A-Java Coffee Roasters’ Dave Perritt completely lost olfactory senses after contracting COVID-19

Dave Perritt smelling ground coffee in the basement of his store. Patrick Penner photo.
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New COVID-19 exposure events at AESS, Hope Secondary

Eight of 10 exposures this year in school district have been at Agassiz schools

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An Abbotsford woman has started a petition calling for the end of vaccine passports for international travel. It has received close to 40,000 signatures. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Abbotsford woman starts petition calling for end of vaccine passports for travel

Lisa Boldt’s petition, authorized by MP Ed Fast, has collected close to 40,000 signatures

An Abbotsford woman has started a petition calling for the end of vaccine passports for international travel. It has received close to 40,000 signatures. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A vehicle heads south past the Peace Arch towards the U.S./Canada border on the morning of Nov. 8, the first day that the border was reopened to Canadian travellers wanting to head south into the U.S. (Nick Greenizan photo)

Southbound traffic slows to trickle as non-essential travel to the U.S. resumes

Early rush of Canadians likely property owners, snowbirds, says Blaine business owner, councillor

A vehicle heads south past the Peace Arch towards the U.S./Canada border on the morning of Nov. 8, the first day that the border was reopened to Canadian travellers wanting to head south into the U.S. (Nick Greenizan photo)
Mink farms are being phased out in B.C. and will be shut down entirely by April 2025. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)

BC plans to phase out mink farming industry by 2025

The government is doing this over four years to allow farmers and workers a transition period

Mink farms are being phased out in B.C. and will be shut down entirely by April 2025. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)
Agassiz-Harrison has recorded 14 new cases of COVID-19 between Oct. 24 and 30. (Screenshot/BCCDC)
Agassiz-Harrison has recorded 14 new cases of COVID-19 between Oct. 24 and 30. (Screenshot/BCCDC)
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New COVID-19 exposure event reported at AESS

Three active exposures in SD 78

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