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Fitness centres can reopen in B.C., other COVID restrictions remain

Fitness centres can reopen in B.C., other COVID restrictions remain

VANCOUVER — A group representing the fitness industry is hailing the reopening of gyms and other fitness facilities in British Columbia while the province's top doctor described her decision Tuesday as a "cautious step" in lifting COVID-19 restrictio
A look at the latest COVID-19 developments in Canada

A look at the latest COVID-19 developments in Canada

A look at the latest COVID-19 news in Canada: — The latest evidence does not show the Omicron variant is contagious for less time than previous versions of the virus that causes COVID-19, chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam says.

New COVID-19 restrictions take effect in Yukon, school exposure notices nixed

WHITEHORSE — Yukon's acting chief medical officer of health says school-based surveillance and management of COVID-19 is the next "logical step" to keep pace with the rapidly spreading Omicron variant. Dr.
Hospitalizations in Alberta catching up with surging COVID-19 cases: doctor

Hospitalizations in Alberta catching up with surging COVID-19 cases: doctor

EDMONTON — Alberta’s chief medical officer of health says COVID-19 hospitalization rates are rising to levels not seen in the province since mid-October when the health-care system was grappling with the fourth wave. Dr.
Quebec, Ontario officials express cautious COVID optimism, others brace for the worst

Quebec, Ontario officials express cautious COVID optimism, others brace for the worst

Officials in Quebec and Ontario said they saw signs of hope on Tuesday that the peak of COVID-19 hospitalizations could soon be behind them — despite both provinces setting new admissions records — while other governments braced for new hardships.
Website for free virus tests is here. How does it work?

Website for free virus tests is here. How does it work?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Under criticism after weeks of shortages, President Joe Biden's administration is working to make COVID-19 rapid test kits more available and accessible to Americans by boosting supply and lowering costs.

Florida man gets 3 years, 6 months for COVID-19 relief fraud

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to three years and six months in prison for fraudulently collecting over $800,000 in COVID-19 relief funds. Louis Thornton III, 63, of St.
B.C. nurses, doctors exhausted as next COVID-19 peak comes this week: spokespeople

B.C. nurses, doctors exhausted as next COVID-19 peak comes this week: spokespeople

VANCOUVER — While the most challenging days of COVID-19 are predicted to be ahead for British Columbia’s health-care system, representatives for doctors and nurses say their members are on the verge of a possible collapse. Doctors of BC president Dr.
White House soft-launches COVID-19 test request website

White House soft-launches COVID-19 test request website

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Tuesday quietly launched its website for Americans to request free at-home COVID-19 tests, a day before the site was scheduled to officially go online. The website, COVIDTests.
Restaurant warned by Alberta Health Services after taking dog photos as vaccine proof

Restaurant warned by Alberta Health Services after taking dog photos as vaccine proof

RED DEER, Alta. — A central Alberta restaurant was closed temporarily after public health inspectors say some of its staff accepted photos of patrons' dogs instead of their vaccine passports to dine inside.