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B.C. ready to cancel surgeries as respiratory cases flood overcrowded hospitals

B.C. ready to cancel surgeries as respiratory cases flood overcrowded hospitals

Health Minister Adrian Dix says postponing non-urgent surgeries is one way to create room at hospitals for patients, especially children, who are fighting flu and other respiratory illnesses, including COVID.
B.C.'s COVID-19 ICU patient count hits 16-week high

B.C.'s COVID-19 ICU patient count hits 16-week high

New presumed COVID-19 deaths in the province declined to 21, from 30 one week ago
B.C. government chasing $10.5M in COVID overpayments

B.C. government chasing $10.5M in COVID overpayments

After auditing 11,000-plus files, the province found 95% of applicants should not have received the $1,000, one-time tax-free payment.
B.C. drops self-isolation requirements for COVID-19

B.C. drops self-isolation requirements for COVID-19

Previous changes to COVID-19 protocols have been accompanied by formal announcements and news releases detailing the changes.
How to keep kids safe during B.C.'s respiratory illness season

How to keep kids safe during B.C.'s respiratory illness season

COVID-19, influenza and RSV are all making kids sick — and putting a strain on B.C.'s health-care system. Here's how to do your part to cut the risk.
B.C. records 30 more COVID-19 deaths

B.C. records 30 more COVID-19 deaths

Main metrics tracking COVID-19 in B.C. have been range-bound in recent months
B.C. Green leader calls for mask mandate to protect children as viral infections rise

B.C. Green leader calls for mask mandate to protect children as viral infections rise

Dr. Sanjiv Gandhi, a pediatric heart surgeon at B.C. Children’s Hospital, says children across the country have had a significant increase in viral infections, with some requiring hospitalization
Here's why B.C. is not mandating masks in schools

Here's why B.C. is not mandating masks in schools

As illnesses rise in children, Dr. Bonnie Henry stresses personal hygiene and says health authorities are measuring school absenteeism. Meanwhile, a BC Children's Hospital heart surgeon is calling the situation a "crisis."
B.C. hospital visits are up due to respiratory viruses — but not because of COVID

B.C. hospital visits are up due to respiratory viruses — but not because of COVID

Through September and October, B.C. had an average of about 6,700 emergency department visits, but that daily average has increased to 6,795 visits through November.
B.C. health officer says no need for mask mandate

B.C. health officer says no need for mask mandate

Dr. Bonnie Henry said masks are an important tool that should be used in situations where it makes sense, like health-care settings.
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