Coronavirus

By order of the Prime Minister, Parks Canada closed beaches and public facilities in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve this week in effort to reduce the spread of coronavirus. (Nora O’Malley photo)

COVID-19: Ucluelet calls on visitors to postpone trips to the West Coast

“We recommend you delay your holidays until further notice.”

By order of the Prime Minister, Parks Canada closed beaches and public facilities in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve this week in effort to reduce the spread of coronavirus. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Esquimalt closes its buildings to the public starting Friday, March 20 at 4:30 p.m. amid the global COVID-19 pandemic. (Google Maps)

Esquimalt closes its buildings to the public, offers online, phone services only

Buildings close to public Friday, March 20 a 4:3o p.m. amid global coronavirus pandemic

Esquimalt closes its buildings to the public starting Friday, March 20 at 4:30 p.m. amid the global COVID-19 pandemic. (Google Maps)
COVID-19. (Image Credit: CDC)

UPDATED: Possible COVID-19 exposure at University of Victoria, Saanich Commonwealth Place

Those who attended UVic, the swimming pool and a kickboxing class at Commonwealth are being warned

COVID-19. (Image Credit: CDC)
Reducing liquor store hours could undermine containment efforts: epidemiologists

Reducing liquor store hours could undermine containment efforts: epidemiologists

Virus has infected more than 730 Canadians and killed nine

Reducing liquor store hours could undermine containment efforts: epidemiologists
Abnormal becoming new normal as COVID-19 cases keep rising across Canada

Abnormal becoming new normal as COVID-19 cases keep rising across Canada

Most people with COVID-19 show mild symptoms

Abnormal becoming new normal as COVID-19 cases keep rising across Canada
The Victoria Day Parade has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. (Black Press Media file)

Coronavirus takes down longest standing parade in Canada – Victoria Day

Victoria Day Parade cancelled due to COVID-19 outbreak

  • Mar 19, 2020
The Victoria Day Parade has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. (Black Press Media file)
B.C. Ferries donated 2,400 pounds (1,090 kilograms) of perishable goods to Esquimalt’s Rainbow Kitchen food bank on Thursday. (Photo submitted)

B.C. Ferries halts all food service as sandwiches go uneaten amid COVID-19

Ferry corporation previously suspended hot food service, now stops selling ‘grab-and-go’ items

B.C. Ferries donated 2,400 pounds (1,090 kilograms) of perishable goods to Esquimalt’s Rainbow Kitchen food bank on Thursday. (Photo submitted)
The Subway on McCallum Road is giving away free sandwhiches to people to spread some cheer during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)

Langford Subway offers free ‘happy meal’ for people struggling due to pandemic

‘We will beat the coronavirus,’ reads Jing Luo’s sign

The Subway on McCallum Road is giving away free sandwhiches to people to spread some cheer during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
City council has passed several motions in regards to COVID-19. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria takes action to support business, residents in COVID-19 crisis

City council investigates economic and social supports

City council has passed several motions in regards to COVID-19. (Black Press Media file photo)
Fred Haynes encourages Saanich residents to take advantage of Saanich parks to cope with social distancing amid COVID-19. (Sarah Schuchard/ News Staff)

Mayor encourages residents to take advantage of Saanich trails amid COVID-19

Fred Haynes wants residents to stay healthy during social isolation by walking local trails

Fred Haynes encourages Saanich residents to take advantage of Saanich parks to cope with social distancing amid COVID-19. (Sarah Schuchard/ News Staff)
Cameron Hope, general manager of the Victoria Royals, says hockey can wait — for now. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)

Royals fans encouraged to keep tickets to cancelled games for next year’s season

Final standings for 2019-20 WHL regular season determined using win percentages

Cameron Hope, general manager of the Victoria Royals, says hockey can wait — for now. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
Save-On-Foods has put a temporary halt on customers using reusable shopping bags and won’t be accepting bottle returns as of Friday, March 20. (Jenna Hauck/ Black Press file)

Save-On-Foods temporarily bans reusable shopping bags, suspends bottle returns due to COVID-19

It has also limited its operating hours and implemented special shopping hour for seniors

Save-On-Foods has put a temporary halt on customers using reusable shopping bags and won’t be accepting bottle returns as of Friday, March 20. (Jenna Hauck/ Black Press file)
The B.C. government began issuing photo identification cards for health coverage in 2013, after finding that there were 9.1 million CareCards in circulation, and only 4.5 people living in the province. (B.C. government)

B.C. medical coverage extended to residents returning from COVID-19-affected areas

Expired service cards can be extended without visit to ICBC office

The B.C. government began issuing photo identification cards for health coverage in 2013, after finding that there were 9.1 million CareCards in circulation, and only 4.5 people living in the province. (B.C. government)
Students on Rotary Club exchanges have been told to remain in their host countries during the COVID-19 pandemic. (File photo)

B.C. Rotary exchange students told to ‘shelter in place’ through COVID-19

Participants concerned about being stuck, visas running out

Students on Rotary Club exchanges have been told to remain in their host countries during the COVID-19 pandemic. (File photo)
Coronavirus update: What’s happening right now in Canada

Coronavirus update: What’s happening right now in Canada

March 19, 2020 – Black Press Media is updating this file throughout the day

  • Mar 19, 2020
Coronavirus update: What’s happening right now in Canada
Island Health chief medical health officer Dr. Richard Stanwick offers information via social media regarding the decision not to reveal specific locations of COVID-19 cases. (Island Health Twitter image)

Island Health isn’t sharing locations of COVID-19 cases for privacy reasons

Chief medical health officer says novelty of the arrival of the virus will pass

Island Health chief medical health officer Dr. Richard Stanwick offers information via social media regarding the decision not to reveal specific locations of COVID-19 cases. (Island Health Twitter image)
B.C. records new COVID-19 death as number of cases rises to 271
B.C. records new COVID-19 death as number of cases rises to 271
VicPD has suspended the pick-ups of found bikes during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)

VicPD suspends bike pick-up program during pandemic

Found bikes can still be reported online

VicPD has suspended the pick-ups of found bikes during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)
COVID-19 March 19 International update at 2130: The ‘world is at war’, stock markets rise

COVID-19 March 19 International update at 2130: The ‘world is at war’, stock markets rise

Black Press Media is updating this file throughout the day. Check back to see the latest news

  • Mar 19, 2020
COVID-19 March 19 International update at 2130: The ‘world is at war’, stock markets rise
Volunteer Gerry St. Laurent helps fill hampers at the Sooke Food Bank on Thursday. The food bank expects more demand as the coronavirus takes hold of area residents. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke Food Bank sets up new protocols for donations

New protocols in place for donations

Volunteer Gerry St. Laurent helps fill hampers at the Sooke Food Bank on Thursday. The food bank expects more demand as the coronavirus takes hold of area residents. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)