COVID-19

A blood donor clinic pictured at a shopping mall in Calgary on Friday, March 27, 2020. (Jeff McIntosh/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Blood donations are rebounding from COVID, but there remains a need for more

Canadian Blood Services is in need of more blood donors following the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Aug 5, 2021
A blood donor clinic pictured at a shopping mall in Calgary on Friday, March 27, 2020. (Jeff McIntosh/THE CANADIAN PRESS)
New COVID cases for July 25 to 31. Map: BCCDC

Castlegar COVID case spike continues

18 new COVID-19 cases in Castlegar last week

New COVID cases for July 25 to 31. Map: BCCDC
(Black Press file photo)

Health minister urges vaccination as COVID-19 cases rise in B.C. Interior

COVID-19 cases rising in Okanagan, Kootenays as provincial vaccination efforts continue

(Black Press file photo)
The 38 new cases are Nelson's highest ever over one week. Illustration: BC Centre for Disease Control

UPDATED: Spike in COVID-19 cases leads to 38 in Nelson

It’s the most reported over one week since the pandemic began

The 38 new cases are Nelson's highest ever over one week. Illustration: BC Centre for Disease Control
COVID-19 cases for July 18-24. Map: BCCDC

29 COVID cases in Castlegar last week — highest week ever

More than 40 per cent of total cases have happened in the last two weeks

COVID-19 cases for July 18-24. Map: BCCDC
Health Minister Adrian Dix and Dr. Bonnie Henry will be providing an update on COVID-19 in the Interior Health region on Wednesday, July 28. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

BREAKING: Mask mandate returns to Central Okanagan, COVID-19 outbreak declared

The Interior Health region leads recent provincial COVID-19 case counts

Health Minister Adrian Dix and Dr. Bonnie Henry will be providing an update on COVID-19 in the Interior Health region on Wednesday, July 28. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
COVID-19 vaccines can be obtained at any time, no appointment necessary, at clinics across Interior Health. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Interior Health delivers more than one million COVID-19 vaccines

Milestone number of doses with clinics now open for drop-in

COVID-19 vaccines can be obtained at any time, no appointment necessary, at clinics across Interior Health. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Chamber program will assis businesses as they recover from the pandemic. Photo: Betsy Kline

Castlegar Chamber of Commerce introduces COVID business recovery advisor

Program offers one-on-one advice and support to help local businesses recover from the pandemic.

Chamber program will assis businesses as they recover from the pandemic. Photo: Betsy Kline
Isabel McAleer as Jo March in the Capitol Theatre youth program production of Little Women, with 28 cast members age 12 to 18, opening July 29. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Isabel McAleer as Jo March in the Capitol Theatre youth program production of Little Women, with 28 cast members age 12 to 18, opening July 29. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
COVID cases for the week of July 11-17. Map: BCCDC

Castlegar COVID cases on the rise

Nine local cases for July 11-17, local physicians say more cases this week

COVID cases for the week of July 11-17. Map: BCCDC
These numbers reflect new cases by local health area in the period July 11-17. Map: BC Centre for Disease Control. <ins>To enlarge, click the map in the story below.</ins>
These numbers reflect new cases by local health area in the period July 11-17. Map: BC Centre for Disease Control. To enlarge, click the map in the story below.

Nelson and Castlegar COVID-19 numbers increase

28 new cases in West Kootenay July 11-17

These numbers reflect new cases by local health area in the period July 11-17. Map: BC Centre for Disease Control. <ins>To enlarge, click the map in the story below.</ins>
These numbers reflect new cases by local health area in the period July 11-17. Map: BC Centre for Disease Control. To enlarge, click the map in the story below.
Chambers of commerce from across B.C. have endorsed a plan to tackle key social and economic factors impacting cities, which they say will also support businesses attempting to recover from the pandemic. (Photo courtesy of Build Back Victoria)

B.C. chambers endorse pandemic-recovery blueprint for cities

Plan calls for addressing mental health, housing and public transit issues

Chambers of commerce from across B.C. have endorsed a plan to tackle key social and economic factors impacting cities, which they say will also support businesses attempting to recover from the pandemic. (Photo courtesy of Build Back Victoria)
Victoria food service businesses such as John’s Place restaurant are still seeing patrons wearing masks, despite the lifting of mandatory mask restrictions in B.C. as part of the phase three reopening plan. (Facebook/John’s Place)

Customers still masking up at many B.C. businesses as provincial mask mandate eases

Phase three reopening plan saw change to mask rules, state of emergency declaration July 1

Victoria food service businesses such as John’s Place restaurant are still seeing patrons wearing masks, despite the lifting of mandatory mask restrictions in B.C. as part of the phase three reopening plan. (Facebook/John’s Place)
Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops. (Black Press Media file)

COVID-19 outbreak declared at Kamloops’ Royal Inland Hospital

Seven patients on unit 6 South have tested positive for the virus

Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops. (Black Press Media file)
Premier John Horgan took his old bus route around Greater Victoria, handing out masks to BC Transit passengers in July 2020 as masks became required on transit. (John Horgan/Facebook)

Masks recommended on transit across B.C.

Despite mask requirements lifting July 1, face coverings still recommended on transit

Premier John Horgan took his old bus route around Greater Victoria, handing out masks to BC Transit passengers in July 2020 as masks became required on transit. (John Horgan/Facebook)
“Proper use of PPE has been effective at protecting both residents/patients and health care workers from COVID-19,” IH told the Times. Photo: Viki Mohamad/Unsplash

Reader questions why COVID vaccine not mandatory for healthcare workers

COVID-19 immunizations are recommended, but not mandatory in British Columbia

“Proper use of PPE has been effective at protecting both residents/patients and health care workers from COVID-19,” IH told the Times. Photo: Viki Mohamad/Unsplash
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry visited the Interior Health region the week of June 22-to 25, 2021 to say thank you to all the frontline workers. (Monique Tamminga/Western News)

Dr. Bonnie Henry visits Interior Health, says thank you to frontline workers

Interior Health has some pockets of low immunization rates, but is overall doing well

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry visited the Interior Health region the week of June 22-to 25, 2021 to say thank you to all the frontline workers. (Monique Tamminga/Western News)
Black Press file photo

West Kootenay communities behind provincial COVID-19 vaccination rate

Only Trail is at the provincial average for vaccinations

Black Press file photo