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COVID-19 vaccine information

Beginning on March 8th, seniors aged 90+, Aboriginal people aged 65+ and Elders are able to call Interior Health to register to receive their vaccination appointment. Immunization appointments will begin in our region on March 15. All health authorities in B.C. are registering individuals starting in the three age groupings below. To register, please call…

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School exposures

We partner with school districts to share information when there are COVID-19 exposures at schools. When a case of COVID-19 is confirmed, IH public health works quickly to determine close contacts, and contacts parents/guardians of students who are considered to be at risk. New: visit the BCCDC's K-12 Schools and COVID-19 page and download the…

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In this Together: fit-tester Amanda Neigum

In This Together is a series dedicated to the stories of people contributing to our COVID-19 response. Amanda Neigum knows full well we are in this together. As a patient porter, Amanda and her colleagues at Kelowna General Hospital are responsible for helping with the transportation of patients, equipment, specimens and supplies throughout the facility.…

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Information for Communities

Local and regional, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal governments, and community organizations have an important role to play in informing and protecting their communities. Please help us share trusted information with our communities by linking your community's web page to the Interior Health and BCCDC sources of COVID-19 information. Planning and preparedness BCCDC Community Settings - measures that…

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In this together: Protecting knowledge keepers

In This Together is a series dedicated to the stories of people contributing to our COVID-19 response. The following story is an account from Spotted Fawn Minnabarriet, a public health nurse with Interior Health. S7entsa Spotted Fawn Minnabarriet, squza7sa s7 Eleanor Wells muta7 Larry Gordon,  Lilwat7ulmeckan, muta7 St’at’imc (My name is Spotted Fawn Minnabarriet of…

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In this together: Nursing in the North

With the December holidays quickly approaching, University Hospital of Northern B.C. was dealing with challenging staffing issues. This normally busy hospital was feeling increasingly stretched as the number of patients with COVID-19 continued to grow. In some departments, nurses were taking more shifts that they would have liked in order to keep up with demand.…

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Overcoming unimaginable odds in health care

As we look back on 2020, we might be tempted to focus on the challenges. However, I want to take a moment to reflect on the strength and resilience demonstrated by individuals and communities as we overcame unimaginable odds together. Our health care system, supported by outstanding teams of providers, patients and families, found new…

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Kelsey Serwa’s tips on staying COVID safe

Olympic gold medal winner and freestyle skier Kelsey Serwa took some time last week to thank ski operators and their employees for working hard to keep us safe while we have fun this winter. Stay safe on the hill this winter with Kelsey's tips: Ski your local mountain and support your local businesses.Wear a mask…

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KGH, RIH labs increase COVID-19 testing capacity

New pieces of equipment, fast track renovations and great teamwork led to a massive increase in the number of COVID-19 tests that are able to be processed at Kelowna General Hospital and Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops. KGH and RIH are now home to new Panther fusion instruments, laboratory machines that have increased the capacity…