COVID-19

(Half Corked Marathon - Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country)

Interior Health puts a cork in Half Corked Marathon in Oliver

The run through the vines of Oliver and Osoyoos was scheduled for this weekend

(Half Corked Marathon - Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country)
Concept art of what the vaccine card will look like. (B.C. government)

Central Okanagan sees uptick in jab rates after vax card announcement

The upcoming vaccine card mandate seems to have increased vaccination rates in the region

Concept art of what the vaccine card will look like. (B.C. government)
Okanagan College, Vernon campus. (Vernon Morning Star/Brendan Shykora)

Okanagan College to host COVID-19 vaccine clinics at multiple campuses

Clinics will be open in Kelowna, Penticton, Salmon Arm and Vernon

Okanagan College, Vernon campus. (Vernon Morning Star/Brendan Shykora)
The Roxy, Revelstoke’s local movie theatre. (Josh Piercey/Revelstoke Review)

Revelstoke theatre owner believes proof of vaccination will boost business

Owner of The Roxy in Revelstoke believes proof of vaccination cards will help improve attendance

The Roxy, Revelstoke’s local movie theatre. (Josh Piercey/Revelstoke Review)
From Aug. 22 to Aug. 28, there were 249 COVID-19 cases reported in the Kamloops local health area. (BC CDC photo)

Salmon Arm, other Interior communities hit record weekly high of COVID-19 cases

From Aug. 22 to 28, Kamloops health area jumped from a record 193 new weekly cases to 249

  • Sep 4, 2021
From Aug. 22 to Aug. 28, there were 249 COVID-19 cases reported in the Kamloops local health area. (BC CDC photo)
Interior Health declared an outbreak of COVID-19 at Hillside Village in Salmon Arm on Sept. 1, 2021 after three staff and one resident tested postive for the virus. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

Four people test positive for COVID-19 at Shuswap long-term care facility

Letter from operator of Salmon Arm’s Hillside Village says outbreak does not mean family members sick

Interior Health declared an outbreak of COVID-19 at Hillside Village in Salmon Arm on Sept. 1, 2021 after three staff and one resident tested postive for the virus. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
Serendipity Winery in Naramata wanted to do something to thank the doctors and nurses working tirelessly through this long pandemic so they are offering a glass of wine on the patio. (Serendipity Winery)

Naramata winery offers complimentary glass of wine for B.C. hospital workers

Wine on the patio is the least we can do to show our gratitude, says Serendipity Winery

Serendipity Winery in Naramata wanted to do something to thank the doctors and nurses working tirelessly through this long pandemic so they are offering a glass of wine on the patio. (Serendipity Winery)
(BC Centre for Disease Control)

Central Okanagan sees 2nd straight week of decline in weekly COVID-19 cases

72 per cent of residents in the Central Okanagan have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine

(BC Centre for Disease Control)
A Kelowna General Hospital patient watches the protest unfold outside, as roughly 1,000 people gathered and protested COVID-19 health measures outside of the hospital on Sept. 1. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

Kelowna mayor condemns anti-vax card protest at hospital

‘These workers deserve everyone’s respect and gratitude’

A Kelowna General Hospital patient watches the protest unfold outside, as roughly 1,000 people gathered and protested COVID-19 health measures outside of the hospital on Sept. 1. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Nurses locking arms in front of a crowd of over 1000 anti-vaccine passport protesters on Sept. 1, 2021. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)
Nurses locking arms in front of a crowd of over 1000 anti-vaccine passport protesters on Sept. 1, 2021. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)
The weekly COVID-19 cases for the week of Aug. 22 to 28. (BC CDC)

More than 120 new weekly COVID-19 cases in South Okanagan

Penticton alone accounted for 69 of those new cases

The weekly COVID-19 cases for the week of Aug. 22 to 28. (BC CDC)
Two-time heart transplant recipient Robbie Thompson, seen here with the family dog, Oreo, explains why mass vaccinations are important for immuno-compromised people like himself. Photo supplied.

Two-time B.C. heart transplant recipient urges COVID vaccine opponents to reconsider

Vancouver Island man asks people to consider the greater good

Two-time heart transplant recipient Robbie Thompson, seen here with the family dog, Oreo, explains why mass vaccinations are important for immuno-compromised people like himself. Photo supplied.
Classrooms will soon be busy as children across B.C. go back to school, again with pandemic procedures in place. (Black Press Media files)

Back to school: Children with special needs are being put in harm’s way, says Autism BC

‘How can my child on the spectrum be safe if the protocols are not in place,’ asks worried parent

Classrooms will soon be busy as children across B.C. go back to school, again with pandemic procedures in place. (Black Press Media files)
Vees announce they will require proof of full vaccination to see games effective immediately. (Vees)

Penticton Vees fans will need to show full vaccination proof to see games

SOEC event employees, Vees players and staff all required to be vaccinated

Vees announce they will require proof of full vaccination to see games effective immediately. (Vees)
Telus has joined several other big Canadian companies, including the major banks, in making it mandatory for workers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. (file photo)

Telus joins federal government, major banks in making COVID jabs mandatory for staffers

Telus workers not fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by Oct. 15 to be tested 2 times a week

Telus has joined several other big Canadian companies, including the major banks, in making it mandatory for workers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. (file photo)
The packaging and a container of veterinary ivermectin. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP -Denis Farrell)

Salmon Arm pharmacist reports being asked about ivermectin for COVID-19

Mike Huitema said it’s not the first unproven treatment he’s had inquiries about during pandemic

The packaging and a container of veterinary ivermectin. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP -Denis Farrell)
A tray of eggs. (Pixabay photo)

Man arrested after allegedly egging anti-vaccine card protesters in Kamloops

The man was arrested for assault with a weapon; charges being considered

A tray of eggs. (Pixabay photo)
Kelowna General Hospital nurses stand outside the hospital with locked arms in opposition of a more than 1000-person protest against provincial COVID-19 health mandates on Wednesday, Sept. 1. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)

Vax card protesters take over streets near Kelowna General Hospital

Around 1,000 people have gathered in opposition of B.C.’s recently announced vaccine card program

Kelowna General Hospital nurses stand outside the hospital with locked arms in opposition of a more than 1000-person protest against provincial COVID-19 health mandates on Wednesday, Sept. 1. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)
Three participants march at Kelowna Pride in 2019. (Kelowna Pride Society)

Kelowna Pride Week postponed to October

Kelowna Pride Society cited COVID-19 concerns and public health restrictions as part of its decision

Three participants march at Kelowna Pride in 2019. (Kelowna Pride Society)
A BCAA survey found 68 per cent of respondents believe school zone traffic will be more chaotic than usual this year. (Joti Grewal/Langley Advance Times)

Distracted parents in drop-off zones a top concern for back-to-school rush: BCAA

About 72 students are injured in school zones every year, according to the roadside assistance company

A BCAA survey found 68 per cent of respondents believe school zone traffic will be more chaotic than usual this year. (Joti Grewal/Langley Advance Times)