While we all stay close to our regions this weekend in anticipation of some welcome changes to our COVID protocols come Tuesday, the coronavirus itself captured a fair bit of attention from our readers through the week.
Three of our five top stories for the week focus on COVID, the first the continued success of the March vaccination program, which has the community almost at the COVID Zero mark in BC CDC updates, readers also found interest in the talking points from Doctor Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix that with a wider supply of vaccines making their way to the province, the ability to move forward the second shot timeline may be up for review.
The measures that have been put in place to take on the virus, particularly in the hospitality industry also gained some attention this week, with the Prince Rupert and District Chamber of Commerce sending a letter to the Health Minister, asking for some relief towards some of the measures for Prince Rupert Restaurants.
Among the other items to round out the list of five, a look at the School District's ongoing work on their 2021-22 Budget and some of the concerns related to other elements of Board decision making in recent months. While the strong interest in basketball once again came to the forefront, with a large volume of our readership exploring the latest notes on the NCAA career trajectory for former CHSS Rainmaker Liam McChesney.
However, the top item of interest for the week was the COVID case count for the Northwest and Prince Rupert's quest to report No new cases in the community.
COVID Zero eludes Prince Rupert for the week, but Terrae, Haida Gwaii and others reach the much anticipated mark! New BC CDC data show NW case counts for the last seven days -- Prince Rupert has seen a remarkable turn around in its COVID story since the Mid March community vaccination period, but one final benchmark for our success is tantalizingly close but still a tad elusive. (posted May 19 , 2021)
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Beyond the Budget, a range of School District issues may require more than an internal report -- While the current budget balancing woes captured the spotlight in recent weeks, revelations coming out of that period raise even more questions on the state of the Board of Education at the moment (posted May 21, 2021)
Prince Rupert's Second Jab of COVID-19 could come sooner than previously planned if surge of vaccine deliveries continue on pace -- BC's health officials have been speaking of increased volumes of vaccine on the way to the province and with that the prospect of an earlier second jab date than what was originally thought, with the key to receiving ours making sure that we are registered (posted May 18, 2021)
Chamber of Commerce calls for relaxation of Restaurant restrictions in Prince Rupert -- With a number of the city's dining establishment bearing a heavy burden under current measures, the Prince Rupert and District Chamber of Commerce is making its concerns known to Health Minister Adrian Dix and Provincial Health Officer Doctor Bonnie Henry. (posted May 21, 2021)
Northwest Hoops fans await next destination for Prince Rupert's Liam McChesney -- One of the most recognizable names from local Rainmaker grads is looking to continue his NCAA basketball career and education with another school, with Liam McChesney placing his name in the college basketball transfer protocol process (posted May 17, 2021)
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