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Could B.C. see 4,000 COVID-19 cases a day by Christmas?

Could B.C. see 4,000 COVID-19 cases a day by Christmas?

Modelling released by B.C. health officials last week indicates COVID-19 cases are doubling across the province roughly every two weeks.
Simple messages, coherent policy needed to clear up COVID-19 confusion: experts

Simple messages, coherent policy needed to clear up COVID-19 confusion: experts

Simple, direct messaging from officials is necessary to clear up confusion about shifting public health restrictions amid skyrocketing COVID-19 infections in Canada, experts in health and communications say.
BCCDC identifies seven new flights for possible COVID-19 exposure

BCCDC identifies seven new flights for possible COVID-19 exposure

Any travellers returning to B.C. are encouraged to check the public health agency's website for updates about flights identified for the risk of exposure.
Flu season in Canada 'exceptionally low' so far, public health says

Flu season in Canada 'exceptionally low' so far, public health says

OTTAWA — At this point during last year's flu season, Canada had already recorded 711 positive cases of influenza. So far this year, there have been just 17. "Influenza is way behind the eight ball here," said Dr.
In a COVID-19 pandemic year, more rescues as more people go on treks

In a COVID-19 pandemic year, more rescues as more people go on treks

The pandemic is sending British Columbians outdoors but things can go wrong in the bush and this year may lead to an all-time high number of searches.
Some passengers 'can't unsee' new BC Ferries mask policy signs

Some passengers 'can't unsee' new BC Ferries mask policy signs

'If there was anyone unaware about our mandatory requirement to wear masks… they know now.'
Whistler Blackcomb taps Canadian workers ahead of Nov. 26 opening

Whistler Blackcomb taps Canadian workers ahead of Nov. 26 opening

Despite international borders remaining closed, Whistler Blackcomb (WB) said it is on track to meet its staffing needs for the winter ahead — though that will likely include fewer on-mountain employees than in previous years.
B.C. tourism marketing suspended amid COVID-19 travel restrictions

B.C. tourism marketing suspended amid COVID-19 travel restrictions

The marketing organization responsible for selling B.C. to the world is suspending all advertising and marketing until next Monday (Nov. 23). Destination B.C. made the move after provincial health officer Dr.
B.C. businesses’ COVID-19 emergency plans often unavailable to public

B.C. businesses’ COVID-19 emergency plans often unavailable to public

Lower Mainland consumers asking to see businesses’ COVID-19 emergency plans are more likely to get blank stares than a copy of the plan. That’s despite an order from provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.
Iconic Salvation Army fundraiser faces increased demand, challenges due to COVID-19

Iconic Salvation Army fundraiser faces increased demand, challenges due to COVID-19

OTTAWA — The Salvation Army is launching its annual Christmas kettle drive facing what it says is a level of need not seen since the Second World War — even as COVID-19 makes fundraising more difficult.