COVIDBC

The provincial government has extended its COVID-19 vaccine card program to June 30.
The outbreak is limited to the facility’s Sandpiper unit, according to Island Health. 
Island Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Arrowsmith Lodge long-term care home in Parksville.
Residents of Dufferin Place are, in general, experiencing mild symptoms, according to Island Health.
New COVID-19 cases are on the decline in the Oceanside local health area after several weeks of record increases, BC Centre for Disease Control (BC CDC) data shows.
An increased focus on work-life balance and the retention of hybrid service delivery options are just two of the findings VIU researchers discovered when studying the effects of the pandemic on local social services agencies.
People 12 and up can drop in for a first or second dose Jan. 18–20 from 11:30 a.m. to 6:20 p.m. Third doses are available with an appointment.
City employees, contractors, volunteers and on-call firefighters will have the choice to take rapid tests if they do not wish to declare their vaccination status. Termination is not being considered for workers who are not vaccinated, according to the city.
Island Health says two Nanaimo long-term care home COVID-19 outbreaks are over.
The local health area reported 115 cases between Jan. 2 and 8, smashing the previous record of 72 from the week before.

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