March 25, 2022

COVID communications were ‘challenging’ for Burnaby child care centres: city report

Child care service providers also had large problems with staffing during the pandemic, with many workers off sick.

March 10, 2022

BC to lift mask mandate on March 11; vaccine card program will end on April 8

The repeal of the mask mandate comes into effect at 12:01am on March 11.

March 8, 2022

Some families behind on routine childhood vaccinations during pandemic, says Fraser Health

Studies from Ontario and the United States have shown that the pandemic did have an impact on families keeping up to date on childhood immunization.

February 25, 2022

Burnaby resident frustrated by eligibility requirements for Long COVID treatment

Kayli Jamieson feels that her Long COVID symptoms warrant treatment—and her doctor agrees. But the problem now is that she’s still four weeks out from being eligible for treatment at BC’s post-COVID clinics.

February 24, 2022

BC to start distributing free rapid tests at pharmacies for those 70+

Kits will contain five tests each and be given out free of charge, as early as Friday in some locations.

February 15, 2022

BC lifting COVID restrictions on gatherings, events; mask mandate and vaccine card still in effect

BC is lifting most COVID restrictions on events and gatherings, although masks will still be required in indoor public spaces.

February 11, 2022

BC’s new COVID outbreak protocols now in effect in long-term care facilities

Previously, an outbreak would be declared in a care home if there was evidence of COVID transmission from one person to another. As of Feb 1, however, that’s no longer the case.

February 7, 2022

BC not providing enough information on Omicron and BA.2 sublineage, says modelling group

A new report from an independent group that models the COVID-19 pandemic in BC says it’s hard to know where we are in the Omicron wave, due to incomplete information.

February 2, 2022

BC resident files human rights complaint over Fraser Health N95 mask ban

Vancouver resident Lena Patsa filed the complaint earlier this month, after reading coverage by Burnaby Beacon about the issue.

January 25, 2022

Toilet talk: the teams behind COVID wastewater surveillance in BC

The wastewater surveillance project has become one of the most important ways of tracking COVID in Metro Vancouver.