Coronavirus

COVID-19. (Image Credit: CDC)

Island RCMP warn against COVID-19 scams

Government of Canada also reminds people to be alert for fraudsters

COVID-19. (Image Credit: CDC)
Parents are encourage to make kids feel like they’re part of the solution through small acts like calling friends and grandparents over FaceTime, and writing thank you notes to doctors and nurses. (Pxhere photo)

Talk to your kids about COVID-19: here’s how

B.C. child psychologist gives advice on speaking to children about ongoing health emergency

Parents are encourage to make kids feel like they’re part of the solution through small acts like calling friends and grandparents over FaceTime, and writing thank you notes to doctors and nurses. (Pxhere photo)
Home rink of the Ottawa Senators the ‘Canadian Tire Centre’ is pictured in Ottawa on March 12, 2020. A Senators player has tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the first NHLer to be diagnosed with the coronavirus. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Ottawa Senators player tests positive for COVID-19

Unnamed skater becomes first NHLer diagnosed with coronavirus

Home rink of the Ottawa Senators the ‘Canadian Tire Centre’ is pictured in Ottawa on March 12, 2020. A Senators player has tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the first NHLer to be diagnosed with the coronavirus. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
The B.C. Ferries vessel the Coastal Inspiration. (News Bulletin file photo)

B.C. Ferries stops serving hot food on vessels as COVID-19 measure

Ferry corporation announces it is reducing food and retail services to ‘minimal levels’

The B.C. Ferries vessel the Coastal Inspiration. (News Bulletin file photo)
Glenn Letham says he is the first patient to have been tested for COVID-19 at Saanich Peninsula Hospital. He took the test Monday, but says it will likely come back as a negative. (Glenn Letham/Twitter)

Central Saanich resident among the first tested for COVID-19 at Saanich Peninsula Hospital

Glenn Letham chose to get tested after returning from the United States and developing cough

Glenn Letham says he is the first patient to have been tested for COVID-19 at Saanich Peninsula Hospital. He took the test Monday, but says it will likely come back as a negative. (Glenn Letham/Twitter)
(Black Press Media file photo)

Social media post encourages neighbourhood shamrock hunt for St. Paddy’s

Shamrock hunt helps community celebrate amidst COVID-19

(Black Press Media file photo)
The Sooke Region Museum closed its doors Tuesday due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke museum, recreation centre closed due to COVID-19

No timeline when facilities will re-open

The Sooke Region Museum closed its doors Tuesday due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Members of Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation talk with Port Alberni RCMP on March 17 at Sutton Pass along Highway 4. (Nora O’Malley photo)

COVID-19: Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations members stop visitors en route to Tofino and Ucluelet

“As much as we don’t want to do this, we need to cap the pandemic.”

Members of Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation talk with Port Alberni RCMP on March 17 at Sutton Pass along Highway 4. (Nora O’Malley photo)
A BC Liquor Store. (Wikimedia Commons)

BC Liquor Stores to remain open, for now, despite COVID-19

Stores will adhere to ‘rigorous cleaning measures’ to lower the risk of infection

A BC Liquor Store. (Wikimedia Commons)
Sandwiches are made for the homeless as Our Place closes its drop-in amidst COVID-19. All meals will now be served outside of 919 Pandora Ave. (Courtesy of Grant McKenzie/Our Place)

Social services groups take extra precautions for Victoria’s most vulnerable amid pandemic

Our Place, Cool Aid, Mustard Seed change procedure for sake of health and safety

Sandwiches are made for the homeless as Our Place closes its drop-in amidst COVID-19. All meals will now be served outside of 919 Pandora Ave. (Courtesy of Grant McKenzie/Our Place)
Panorama Recreation Centre in North Saanich closed Tuesday afternoon until further notice because of COVID-19. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Public life grinding to a halt on the Saanich Peninsula

Several key public and private facilities have closed down or scaled down services

Panorama Recreation Centre in North Saanich closed Tuesday afternoon until further notice because of COVID-19. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Quality Foods, Superstore, Country Grocer, Whole Foods, Red Barn Markets and Shoppers Drug Mart will be dedicating a portion of their opening hours for seniors and vulnerable members of society to shop, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)

Stores dedicate early hours to seniors, health-compromised shoppers

Shoppers Drug Mart, Country Grocer, Superstore, Red Barn Markets and Whole Foods offers one hour each

Quality Foods, Superstore, Country Grocer, Whole Foods, Red Barn Markets and Shoppers Drug Mart will be dedicating a portion of their opening hours for seniors and vulnerable members of society to shop, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich Fire prepares protocol for COVID-19 precautions. (Facebook/Mary-lee Sampson)

Saanich Fire prepares for COVID-19

So far Saanich Fire has no shortage of staff during virus pandemic

Saanich Fire prepares protocol for COVID-19 precautions. (Facebook/Mary-lee Sampson)
People watch the Stanley Cup playoffs at a bar in Montreal, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

B.C.’s top doctor orders bars, some restaurants to close over COVID-19

B.C. declares the novel coronavirus spread a public health emergency

People watch the Stanley Cup playoffs at a bar in Montreal, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
West Shore Parks and Recreation Centre in Colwood will close their doors effective by end of day Tuesday, in response to COVID-19 fears. (Black Press Media file photo)
West Shore Parks and Recreation Centre in Colwood will close their doors effective by end of day Tuesday, in response to COVID-19 fears. (Black Press Media file photo)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. (Chad Hipolito/The Canadian Press)

B.C. coronavirus cases jump by 83, public health emergency declared

Three more deaths recorded, two at North Vancouver care home

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. (Chad Hipolito/The Canadian Press)
Green beer will still be available Tuesday at Kelly O’Bryans but St. Patrick’s Day celebrations at the restaurant have been postponed because of COVID-19. (File photo)

Some Saanich pubs will remain open for St. Patrick’s Day

Fifteen Fifties Pub will only serve take out while others will allow a max capacity of 50

Green beer will still be available Tuesday at Kelly O’Bryans but St. Patrick’s Day celebrations at the restaurant have been postponed because of COVID-19. (File photo)
Six Township firefighters are in self-isolation after assisting a man who has COVID-19. (Langley Advance Times files)

UPDATED: Six Lower Mainland firefighters in self-isolation after COVID-19 exposure

Firefighters were exposed to a coronavirus while on duty

Six Township firefighters are in self-isolation after assisting a man who has COVID-19. (Langley Advance Times files)
Daycare (Black Press Media file photo).

Daycares to remain open – for now – but COVID-19 could change that: Horgan

With school suspended until further notice, many parents left scrambling to find alternative care for kids

Daycare (Black Press Media file photo).
A worker adjusts a sign in the empty bread section of a Superstore in Surrey on Saturday, March 15, 2020. (Katya Slepian/Black Press Media)

Don’t ‘overstock’ supplies for coronavirus, B.C. finance minister says

Carole James warns that seniors, single parents are left without

A worker adjusts a sign in the empty bread section of a Superstore in Surrey on Saturday, March 15, 2020. (Katya Slepian/Black Press Media)