COVID-19

Salmon Arm Secondary graduate Michael Worobey, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Arizona, provides information on the coronavirus and vaccine. (Contributed)

Renowned virus specialist raised in Salmon Arm recommends more COVID rapid testing

Michael Worobey says vaccines ‘incredibly safe,’ still effective against delta variant

 

Wings Tap and Grill in the Rutland neighbourhood was spray-painted obscene drawings after three young men were denied entry just after 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 14. (Photo: Brent Stewart)

Kelowna restaurant vandalized after 3 customers denied entry

Wings Tap and Grill manager said she is frustrated about the whole situation

 

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EDITORIAL: Mandates necessary to slow spread of COVID-19

Many in Canada have been vaccinated, but some, for any number of reasons, remain unvaccinated

  • Oct 17, 2021

 

Self-reported rates of anxiety and depression increased during parts of the pandemic. File photo.

Stats Canada reports significant pandemic-related jumps in depression and anxiety

Public health officer: ‘Huge amount of work ahead of us with restoring resiliency in our communities’

Self-reported rates of anxiety and depression increased during parts of the pandemic. File photo.
Staffing constraints due to COVID-19 exposures prompt School District 83 to close Sorrento Elementary for one week, from Oct. 12 to 15, 2021. (Google image)

Shuswap school closed for one week due to COVID-19 exposures to reopen Monday

In-class instruction set to resume on Oct. 18

Staffing constraints due to COVID-19 exposures prompt School District 83 to close Sorrento Elementary for one week, from Oct. 12 to 15, 2021. (Google image)
Renegade Kitchen and Craft Bar at 467 Leon Ave. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

Kelowna restaurant that defied vaccine card program now listed for sale

Renegade Kitchen and Craft Bar is up for sale on Royal Lepage Kelowna at $150,000

Renegade Kitchen and Craft Bar at 467 Leon Ave. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Interior Health listed South Canoe School as having potential COVID-19 exposures on Oct. 4, 5, 6 and 7. (File photo)

Salmon Arm school added to Interior Health list of potential COVID-19 exposures

Four Shuswap schools listed on health authority website as of Oct. 14

Interior Health listed South Canoe School as having potential COVID-19 exposures on Oct. 4, 5, 6 and 7. (File photo)
Data from Interior Health’s list of exposures reveal that out of 44 schools in SD23, 12 schools still have potential exposure events. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

Potential COVID-19 exposures listed for 15 Central Okanagan schools

Twelve public and three private schools have noted exposure events in the past two weeks

Data from Interior Health’s list of exposures reveal that out of 44 schools in SD23, 12 schools still have potential exposure events. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
KVR Middle School (Google Maps)
KVR Middle School. (Google Maps)

Multiple South Okanagan elementary schools report COVID-19 exposures

One middle school in Penticton also had reported potential exposures

KVR Middle School (Google Maps)
KVR Middle School. (Google Maps)
Mobile laundry service comes to the Central Okanagan. (Pixabay)

Wash, fold, deliver: Mobile laundry service comes to Central Okanagan

The service aims to help busy families make their lives easier

Mobile laundry service comes to the Central Okanagan. (Pixabay)
A COVID-19 exposure event has been reported at Summerland Unisus School. The dates of the potential exposure are Sept. 27 and 28. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

COVID-19 exposure reported at Summerland Unisus School

Exposure took place in late September at independent school

A COVID-19 exposure event has been reported at Summerland Unisus School. The dates of the potential exposure are Sept. 27 and 28. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
Data from the BC Centre for Disease Control shows 223 cases of COVID-19 were identified in the Central Okanagan between Sept. 26 and Oct. 2. (BCCDC)

Weekly COVID-19 cases fall again in the Central Okanagan

The region saw 223 cases between Sept. 26 and Oct. 2

Data from the BC Centre for Disease Control shows 223 cases of COVID-19 were identified in the Central Okanagan between Sept. 26 and Oct. 2. (BCCDC)
B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. (Courtesy of B.C. government)

Vancouver Island sees far more surgery delays due to COVID-19 than rest of B.C.

157 surgeries postponed at Island hospitals Sept. 26 to Oct. 2; next highest health authority had 57

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. (Courtesy of B.C. government)
A nurse prepares a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Kelowna on March 16, 2021. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press Media file)

First dose vax rate nears 90% for some Central Okanagan neighbourhoods

Almost 80 per cent of eligible Central Okanagan residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19

A nurse prepares a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Kelowna on March 16, 2021. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press Media file)
Jennifer Rosebluff-Thomas, left, poses with her sister Carol Charles in this undated handout photo. Rosebluff-Thomas died of COVID-19 last month. She was about 29 weeks pregnant with her ninth child. She was also unvaccinated and contracted the more dangerous Delta variant. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Carol Charles

Sister of pregnant Alberta woman who died of COVID-19 urges others to get vaccinated

GoFundMe page recently set up to help support her children after preventable death

Jennifer Rosebluff-Thomas, left, poses with her sister Carol Charles in this undated handout photo. Rosebluff-Thomas died of COVID-19 last month. She was about 29 weeks pregnant with her ninth child. She was also unvaccinated and contracted the more dangerous Delta variant. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Carol Charles
Wednesday’s federal vaccine requirement announcement doesn’t include BC Ferries. (Black Press Media file photo)

New mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirements will not apply to BC Ferries

Federally regulated transportation changes coming Oct. 30

Wednesday’s federal vaccine requirement announcement doesn’t include BC Ferries. (Black Press Media file photo)
(Black Press Media file photo)

39% of Central Okanagan public schools potentially exposed to COVID-19

Health officials have noted potential exposure events at 21 local schools in the last few weeks

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(From left to right): Assistant fire chief Chad Gartrell, visual arts teacher James Elwood, and arts students Hilary Page, Emily Frank, and Hailey Monro. (Central Okanagan School District/Contributed)

West Kelowna art students inspired by frontline workers

Mount Boucherie Secondary art students create pieces to thank frontline workers

(From left to right): Assistant fire chief Chad Gartrell, visual arts teacher James Elwood, and arts students Hilary Page, Emily Frank, and Hailey Monro. (Central Okanagan School District/Contributed)
Interior Health declared an outbreak of COVID-19 over at Hillside Village in Salmon Arm on Sept. 29, 2021. (File photo)

COVID-19 outbreak at Hillside Village declared over by Interior Health

At last update three residents and six staff had been infected with one death related

Interior Health declared an outbreak of COVID-19 over at Hillside Village in Salmon Arm on Sept. 29, 2021. (File photo)
As of Monday, Oct. 4, K-12 students in B.C. schools are required to wear a mask when inside a school building or on a school bus. (Metro Creative photo)

Seven schools on potential COVID-19 exposures list in North Okanagan-Shuswap

Updated mandate on wearing of masks in public schools now in effect

As of Monday, Oct. 4, K-12 students in B.C. schools are required to wear a mask when inside a school building or on a school bus. (Metro Creative photo)