COVID-19

Some UBC Okanagan programs and courses have decided to move their content online for the upcoming fall term, said the university in a press release. (Contributed)

UBC Okanagan expands online offerings due to COVID-19 pandemic

Students’ union president Tashia Kootenayoo criticized school’s slow response on Twitter

Some UBC Okanagan programs and courses have decided to move their content online for the upcoming fall term, said the university in a press release. (Contributed)
Several employees of Match Eatery have tested positive for COVID in Penticton. (Google photo)

Penticton Match Eatery closes after several staff test positive for COVID

The restaurant is doing a deep clean and plans to re-open Sept. 3

Several employees of Match Eatery have tested positive for COVID in Penticton. (Google photo)
Ivermectin is a medication that is used to treat parasite infestations in dogs, cats and large animals. While a form of ivermectin that is safe for human consumption exists, it is not approved to treat or prevent COVID-19. (Pexels)

Some Okanagan residents are seeking out horse dewormer to treat COVID-19

Misinformation about ivermectin has been widely spread online, identifying it as a treatment for COVID-19

Ivermectin is a medication that is used to treat parasite infestations in dogs, cats and large animals. While a form of ivermectin that is safe for human consumption exists, it is not approved to treat or prevent COVID-19. (Pexels)
Salmon Arm council requests that residents get vaccinated against COVID-19 for a number of reasons, including being a way to protect children as the number of new weekly cases climbs in the Salmon Arm health area. (File photo)

As COVID numbers rise, Salmon Arm council implores residents to get vaccinated

Elected officials provide a variety of reasons for citizens to opt for the vaccine

Salmon Arm council requests that residents get vaccinated against COVID-19 for a number of reasons, including being a way to protect children as the number of new weekly cases climbs in the Salmon Arm health area. (File photo)
Prospera Place in Kelowna. (Marissa Baecker/Shoot the Breeze)

Proof of COVID-19 vaccine required to enter Kelowna’s Prospera Place

Starting Sept. 17, all guests, staff and employees are required to provide proof of full vaccination

Prospera Place in Kelowna. (Marissa Baecker/Shoot the Breeze)
Spring Valley Seniors Community long-term care home. (Google)

Another COVID-19 outbreak declared at Kelowna long-term care centre

There are now seven outbreaks at Central Okanagan long-term care facilities

Spring Valley Seniors Community long-term care home. (Google)
Danny Fulton receives his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Coast Capri Hotel on April 27. The pop-up clinic was hosted by the First Nations Health Authority. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

Interior Health hosting on-campus COVID-19 vaccine clinics at UBCO

The health authority is hosting three on-campus immunization events

Danny Fulton receives his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Coast Capri Hotel on April 27. The pop-up clinic was hosted by the First Nations Health Authority. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
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Survey says 1 in 3 Canadians looking to cash in on a side hustle

24% of respondents consider direct selling a realistic option to make more money

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Weekly COVID-19 case count for August 15-21 (BC CDC)

South Okanagan COVID-19 cases continue to rise

Penticton and Keremeos saw a rise in case count this week

Weekly COVID-19 case count for August 15-21 (BC CDC)
Image from Google Maps Street View.

Penticton’s Bad Tattoo won’t be asking for vaccine proof

Owner Lee Agur says it’s unreasonable of government to require private businesses to enforce it

Image from Google Maps Street View.
Percentages of people aged 18-49 that have received two COVID vaccinations are very low in North Okanagan rural communities. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Enderby, Armstrong among fewest vaccinated in Interior Health

‘I think we’ll get there, but I don’t think we’ll get 100% vaccination rate,’ says Enderby mayor

Percentages of people aged 18-49 that have received two COVID vaccinations are very low in North Okanagan rural communities. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
Central Okanagan Public Schools administrative office in Kelowna. (File photo)

Mask mandate for Central Okanagan students not surprising: superintendent

Students will be wearing masks in class again this fall

Central Okanagan Public Schools administrative office in Kelowna. (File photo)
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

COVID-19 cases identified on Air Canada flight from Toronto to Kelowna

Passengers seated in rows 30 to 36 are considered to be at higher risk of exposure

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
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Several COVID-19 linked deaths at senior care homes in Interior Health region

In the last three days in the Interior Health region there are 768 COVID-19 cases

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Photo: BC Transit

Face coverings required on BC Transit buses

Policy applies to all communities in Interior Health

Photo: BC Transit
A B.C. Ferries vessel passes Bowen Island while traveling on Howe Sound from Horseshoe Bay to Langdale, B.C., on Friday, April 23, 2021. A BC Ferries passenger was recovered from the waters near Bowen Island after going overboard Sunday, after another passenger witnessed them fall off the ferry mid-afternoon. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Government buoys BC Ferries with $308M amid all-time lowest passenger count

Without government funds, BC Ferries would have recorded $165M in losses for fiscal 2021

A B.C. Ferries vessel passes Bowen Island while traveling on Howe Sound from Horseshoe Bay to Langdale, B.C., on Friday, April 23, 2021. A BC Ferries passenger was recovered from the waters near Bowen Island after going overboard Sunday, after another passenger witnessed them fall off the ferry mid-afternoon. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A map showing COVID-19 weekly case counts in the B.C. Interior between Aug. 8 and 14. (BCCDC)

More record-breaking weekly COVID-19 numbers for the Central Okanagan

The Central Okanagan region contains 25% of B.C.’s cases despite only containing 4% of the population

A map showing COVID-19 weekly case counts in the B.C. Interior between Aug. 8 and 14. (BCCDC)
Booster Juice at Cherry Lane mall.

Penticton Booster Juice finds kindness from community after abuse over mask policy

Owner thankful to people coming in offering words of support

Booster Juice at Cherry Lane mall.
A 60-year-old COVID-19 patient fights for his life, desperately gasping for air as health-care staff provide life saving medical care in an emergency situation in the intensive care unit at the Humber River Hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Tuesday, April 13, 2021. Surveys from the Ontario Medical Association suggest nearly three-quarters of physicians experienced at least some level of burnout when asked in 2021, up from 66 per cent the previous year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Experts warn B.C. on track to exceed record highs of new COVID-19 infections come fall

The B.C. COVID-19 Modelling Group is calling for increased safety measures to curb the spread

A 60-year-old COVID-19 patient fights for his life, desperately gasping for air as health-care staff provide life saving medical care in an emergency situation in the intensive care unit at the Humber River Hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Tuesday, April 13, 2021. Surveys from the Ontario Medical Association suggest nearly three-quarters of physicians experienced at least some level of burnout when asked in 2021, up from 66 per cent the previous year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
The WHL is the second CHL league to mandate vaccines (FILE/WHL)

WHL announces vaccine mandate for players and staff this 2021/22 season

All WHL players and personnel are required to be vaccinated for the upcoming season

The WHL is the second CHL league to mandate vaccines (FILE/WHL)