COVID-19

Shuswap residents show their love and support of truckers taking part in the Freedom Convoy that passed through Salmon Arm on its way to Ottawa on Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022. (Jamie-Lee Smoch/Jamie-Lee Photography)

Local ‘freedom convoys’ cropping up in the North Okanagan

Convoys in protest of vaccine mandates are being organized in Vernon and Lumby for Saturday

 

Late 2021 saw the number of restaurant reservations and take-out orders in B.C. soar like there’d never been a pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)

British Columbians were back to restaurants in pre-pandemic numbers in late 2021

Survey finds Labour Day weekend busier than 2019, giving operators optimism for 2022

 

The Central Okanagan Board of Education has adopted a vaccination mandate for all staff, one of seven school districts to do so while 25 others have declined the measure. (File photo)

Central Okanagan Board of Education adopts COVID vaccine mandate for staff

Two trustees oppose the measure directed at teachers and support staff

The Central Okanagan Board of Education has adopted a vaccination mandate for all staff, one of seven school districts to do so while 25 others have declined the measure. (File photo)
The Splatsin community is in the midst of a COVID-19 outbreak as of Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022. (File photo)

UPDATE: COVID-19 cases spike in Splatsin

24-37 test positive and self-isolating during current COVID-19 outbreak

The Splatsin community is in the midst of a COVID-19 outbreak as of Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022. (File photo)
Kelowna airport is streamlining COVID testing for international travelers (file photo)

Kelowna International Airport pre-flight PCR testing available at ski resorts

The Kelowna airport has partnered with local ski hills and medical services to facilitate international COVID testing

Kelowna airport is streamlining COVID testing for international travelers (file photo)
Similkameen Elementary Secondary in Keremeos sees low attendance. (Google Maps)

Low attendance being monitored at Keremeos school

Interior Health is monitoring the situation at Similkameen Elementary Secondary

Similkameen Elementary Secondary in Keremeos sees low attendance. (Google Maps)
Interior Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at McKinney Place long term care home. (File photo)

COVID-19 outbreak declared at Oliver’s McKinney Place

Last year, McKinney Place had one of the worst outbreaks, with 17 deaths related to COVID-19

Interior Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at McKinney Place long term care home. (File photo)
(Village at Smith Creek)

More than 40 cases of COVID-19 at West Kelowna senior care home

Four care homes are reporting COVID-19 outbreaks in the Kelowna area

(Village at Smith Creek)
A Jan. 19, 2022 Observer article on the suspected takeover attempt targeted at the board of Salmon Arm’s community radio station was reposted the day it went online on a BC Freedom Fighters mesaging channel. (Image from Canadian Vacccine Deaths and Adverse Reactions site)

‘Freedom Fighters’ tune into article on potential takeover of Voice of the Shuswap

Membership in Salmon Arm’s community radio station triples in comparison to the past 10 years

A Jan. 19, 2022 Observer article on the suspected takeover attempt targeted at the board of Salmon Arm’s community radio station was reposted the day it went online on a BC Freedom Fighters mesaging channel. (Image from Canadian Vacccine Deaths and Adverse Reactions site)
The Penticton Community Centre fitness room was closed Dec. 22, 2021 and reopened Jan. 20, 2022. (City of Penticton)

Penticton Chamber asks government to prove why restrictions and capacity limits continue

Into the 3rd year of restrictions, businesses say they are at their breaking point

The Penticton Community Centre fitness room was closed Dec. 22, 2021 and reopened Jan. 20, 2022. (City of Penticton)
The Splatsin community is in the midst of a COVID-19 outbreak as of Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022. (File photo)

COVID-19 cases in Splatsin triple in less than a week

Fifteen test positive, 49 in self-isolation during current COVID-19 outbreak

The Splatsin community is in the midst of a COVID-19 outbreak as of Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022. (File photo)
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

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
(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)
Kidston Elementary School

No functional closure yet as Vernon school reaches absentee threshold

Elementary school in Coldstream has 101 kids missing school

Kidston Elementary School
Three care homes in the South Okanagan have declared COVID-19 outbreaks since Jan. 16. (Phil McLachlan - Western News)

3 care homes in the South Okanagan declare COVID-19 outbreaks

Confirmed cases have been reported at LTC facilities in Penticton, Summerland and Osoyoos

Three care homes in the South Okanagan have declared COVID-19 outbreaks since Jan. 16. (Phil McLachlan - Western News)
School District 83 superintendent Donna Kriger praised Armstrong Elementary School principal Corrinne Langston for doing a “tremendous job managing a very, very difficult situation.” A two-day functional closure due to a staffing shortage began on Friday, Jan. 14, and was extended the following week to Friday, Jan. 21. (File photo )

North Okanagan-Shuswap school trustees cautioned COVID-19 may push some schools online

Superintendent praises school district employees, calling them all ‘heroes’

School District 83 superintendent Donna Kriger praised Armstrong Elementary School principal Corrinne Langston for doing a “tremendous job managing a very, very difficult situation.” A two-day functional closure due to a staffing shortage began on Friday, Jan. 14, and was extended the following week to Friday, Jan. 21. (File photo )
Kaleden Elementary has joined three other SD67 schools to have low attendance. (file photo)

Another Penticton area school being monitored by Interior Health for low attendance

Kaleden Elementary has reached a low attendance threshold that will be monitored daily

Kaleden Elementary has joined three other SD67 schools to have low attendance. (file photo)
Three side-by-side downtown Vernon businesses are for sale following a tough couple of years. (Realtor.ca photo)

3 neighbouring Vernon businesses put up for sale

2 restaurants and cheese shop right next to each other

Three side-by-side downtown Vernon businesses are for sale following a tough couple of years. (Realtor.ca photo)
The weekly COVID-19 casemap for Jan. 9 to 15. (BC CDC)

COVID-19 cases break records in South Okanagan Similkameen

Three South Okanagan long term care homes hit with outbreaks

The weekly COVID-19 casemap for Jan. 9 to 15. (BC CDC)