COVID-19

In this Tuesday, June 12, 2018, photo, trucks cross the Ambassador Bridge from Windsor, Ont. into Detroit. Turmoil and confusion last week over whether truckers would remain exempt from the COVID-19 vaccine mandate followed misinterpretations of regulations by both the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canada Border Services Agency. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Paul Sancya

Public Health Agency of Canada involved in ‘error’ on trucker vaccine rules: sources

Government provided no more explanation for the botched messaging

 

Fraser Health has opened a COVID-19 rapid test distribution centre at Bear Creek Park. (Submitted photo: Fraser Health)

Surrey sees 33% decrease in weekly cases

First drop in cases since Omicron wave started

 

(The Canadian Press/Tijana Martin)

Patients with COVID in Fraser Health may now share hospital rooms with uninfected

Public health officials say hospital space is at a premium

(The Canadian Press/Tijana Martin)
This map illustrates the number of active COVID-19 cases in Greater Vancouver from Jan. 9 to 15, 2022. (BC Centre for Disease Control image)

COVID-19 numbers in Delta fell again last week

Delta had 275 cases from Jan. 9-15, down 438 the week before

This map illustrates the number of active COVID-19 cases in Greater Vancouver from Jan. 9 to 15, 2022. (BC Centre for Disease Control image)
A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at Matsqui Institution in Abbotsford. As of Jan. 19, 28 inmates have tested positive. (Abbotsford News file photo)

28 inmates at Matsqui Institution in Abbotsford test positive for COVID-19

All in-person visits are temporarily suspended, says Correctional Service of Canada

A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at Matsqui Institution in Abbotsford. As of Jan. 19, 28 inmates have tested positive. (Abbotsford News file photo)
Children walk with their parents to Sherwood Park Elementary in North Vancouver for the first day back-to-school Thursday, September 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Surrey school district says ‘no change’ despite new proof of vaccination order

Order says school staff must provide COVID vaccine info if required by medical health officer

Children walk with their parents to Sherwood Park Elementary in North Vancouver for the first day back-to-school Thursday, September 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A rapid COVID-19 test swab is processed at Palos Verdes High School in Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021. (File photo: Brittany Murray/The Orange County Register via AP)

Fraser Health now distributing rapid COVID tests at Surrey’s Bear Creek Park

It will be open seven days a week, but by appointment-only

A rapid COVID-19 test swab is processed at Palos Verdes High School in Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021. (File photo: Brittany Murray/The Orange County Register via AP)
A driver pulls up to the COVID-19 testing and collection centre at 14577 66th Ave. in Surrey in September 2020. (File photo: Lauren Collins)

Surrey surpasses weekly COVID case count record again

Surrey just shy of 3,000 cases Jan. 2 to 8

A driver pulls up to the COVID-19 testing and collection centre at 14577 66th Ave. in Surrey in September 2020. (File photo: Lauren Collins)
Though some games have had to be postponed, Semiahmoo Minor Hockey Association teams are managing “surprisingly well” amid the latest COVID-19 surge, executive director Dave Newson said. (File photo)

Semiahmoo Peninsula sports groups ‘managing surprisingly well’ despite Omicron surge

Athletic associations adjusting on fly, re-instituting safety measure to protect players, coaches

Though some games have had to be postponed, Semiahmoo Minor Hockey Association teams are managing “surprisingly well” amid the latest COVID-19 surge, executive director Dave Newson said. (File photo)
A student arrives at Ecole Woodward Hill Elementary School, in Surrey, B.C., on Tuesday, February 23, 2021.(Photo: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

Surrey school district seeing ‘slightly higher’ absences for staff, students

Deputy superintendent says ‘more absences than normal,’ but no need for functional closures

A student arrives at Ecole Woodward Hill Elementary School, in Surrey, B.C., on Tuesday, February 23, 2021.(Photo: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
Michele Matteazzi with his wife Tiffany and their kids. (Submitted photo)

Unvaccinated B.C. man forced to quarantine after 10-minute chat with U.S. border agents

Michele Matteazzi visited Abbotsford-Huntingdon border to have travel questions answered

Michele Matteazzi with his wife Tiffany and their kids. (Submitted photo)
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we grieve. (File photo)

Hay: We can’t let the pandemic put grief on hold

‘I have learned the difference between fear and hope is focus’

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we grieve. (File photo)
Vaccination rates for 12-plus have started to slow down throughout Surrey. Fraser Health held a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Gurdwara Dukh Nivaran Sahib in Surrey on Friday, May 7, 2021. (Photo: Lauren Collins)

COVID vaccination rates up 6% for 5- to 11-year-olds in Surrey

Rates for those aged 12 and up slowing down

Vaccination rates for 12-plus have started to slow down throughout Surrey. Fraser Health held a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Gurdwara Dukh Nivaran Sahib in Surrey on Friday, May 7, 2021. (Photo: Lauren Collins)
This map illustrates the number of active COVID-19 cases in Greater Vancouver from Jan. 2 to 8, 2022. (BC Centre for Disease Control image)

COVID-19 numbers in Delta down last week

Delta had 438 cases from Jan. 2-8, down 331 from the all-time record of 769 set the week before

This map illustrates the number of active COVID-19 cases in Greater Vancouver from Jan. 2 to 8, 2022. (BC Centre for Disease Control image)
Delta School District headquarters in Ladner. (Grace Kennedy photo)

Delta School District to require employees provide proof of vaccination

Staff will be given a minimum of six weeks to disclose their vaccination status starting Jan. 17

Delta School District headquarters in Ladner. (Grace Kennedy photo)
Abbotsford Regional Hospital is among those restricting scheduled surgeries to deal with COVID-19 cases. (Abbotsford News file)

Abbotsford hospital psych unit included in COVID-19 outbreak list: Fraser Health

Langley Memorial, Burnaby, Peace Arch hospitals all have affected acute care units

Abbotsford Regional Hospital is among those restricting scheduled surgeries to deal with COVID-19 cases. (Abbotsford News file)
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Kent Institution outbreak grows to more than 60 COVID-19 cases

41 inmates have tested positive for COVID-19 in recent outbreak

(File Photo)
A woman tries to speak to her mother, through a window at Orchard Villa Care home, in Pickering, Ont. on Saturday, April 25, 2020. The expert spearheading new draft national standards for long-term care says they must strike a balance between residents’ safety and their quality of life. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

New Canadian care home standards to emphasize fact that they are homes, not wards

Consultations showed pandemic policies hurt mental and social well-being, balance called for

A woman tries to speak to her mother, through a window at Orchard Villa Care home, in Pickering, Ont. on Saturday, April 25, 2020. The expert spearheading new draft national standards for long-term care says they must strike a balance between residents’ safety and their quality of life. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
White Rock CAO Guillermo Ferrero is asking for the public to be patient while city staff struggle with being short-handed during the Omicron phase of the pandemic. Contributed photo

White Rock CAO apologies for decreased service, blames high COVID-19 numbers among staff

Rapidly spreading Omicron has left the city short-handed, Guillermo Ferrero says

White Rock CAO Guillermo Ferrero is asking for the public to be patient while city staff struggle with being short-handed during the Omicron phase of the pandemic. Contributed photo