Coronavirus

Kaiser Permanente Registered Nurse Rosa Aceves conducts a COVID-19 test at a drive up testing location at the Kaiser Permanente Fremont Medical Center in Fremont on March 11, 2020. (Photo by Doug Oakley)

Langford mom of five sick children struggles to get COVID-19 tests

Family stayed in hotels in February due to flooding, told they don’t meet criteria for screening

Kaiser Permanente Registered Nurse Rosa Aceves conducts a COVID-19 test at a drive up testing location at the Kaiser Permanente Fremont Medical Center in Fremont on March 11, 2020. (Photo by Doug Oakley)
Resorts across the province, including Revelstoke Mountain Resort, have been temporarily shut down due to COVID-19 concerns. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)

Tourism industry advocate calls for emergency fund in wake of COVID-19 cancellations

Claims losses amount to hundreds of millions of dollars already

Resorts across the province, including Revelstoke Mountain Resort, have been temporarily shut down due to COVID-19 concerns. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)
Former federal Green Party leader and local MP Elizabeth May has self-isolated to help stop the spread of COVID-19. (Black Press Media File).

COVID-19: MP Elizabeth May self-isolates, works from home, contemplates learning ukelele

May is working remotely, calls for measure to help protect workers from economic effects of COVID-19

Former federal Green Party leader and local MP Elizabeth May has self-isolated to help stop the spread of COVID-19. (Black Press Media File).
PHOTOS: Streets are quiet as people self isolate amidst COVID-19 fears
PHOTOS: Streets are quiet as people self isolate amidst COVID-19 fears
Goldstream Food Bank will be moving their operation outdoors to deal with the spread of COVID-19 fears. President Gayle Ireland says their stock is still high after generous donations from the community over the holidays. (Black Press Media file photo)

Goldstream Food Bank moves operation outside in response to COVID-19 fears

‘We gotta keep calm and carry on,’ says president of food bank

Goldstream Food Bank will be moving their operation outdoors to deal with the spread of COVID-19 fears. President Gayle Ireland says their stock is still high after generous donations from the community over the holidays. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria-based singer-songwriter Stephen Fearing has replaced his cancelled Oak Bay concert with a live-stream solo show from the Duncan Showroom this Wednesday night (March 18). Photo by Jen Squires

Victoria musician takes to the web to replace cancelled Oak Bay concert

Fans will be able to hear a live CD launch performance on Facebook the evening of March 21

Victoria-based singer-songwriter Stephen Fearing has replaced his cancelled Oak Bay concert with a live-stream solo show from the Duncan Showroom this Wednesday night (March 18). Photo by Jen Squires
Regularly hand washing is recommended by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to limit the spread of COVID-19. (Courtesy Photo | Unsplash)

Protect yourself from COVID-19 by grabbing a bar of soap

Soap for Hope Canada repurposes hotel soap for those in need

Regularly hand washing is recommended by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to limit the spread of COVID-19. (Courtesy Photo | Unsplash)
Crystal Pool will be closed as of Monday evening until further notice. (Black Press Media file photo)
Crystal Pool will be closed as of Monday evening until further notice. (Black Press Media file photo)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks outside his Ottawa residence after self-isolating due to COVID-19 exposure, March 23, 2020. (Fred Chartrand/The Canadian Press)

B.C. blasts decision to leave Canada-U.S. border open in COVID-19 pandemic

Snohomish County a hotbed of coronavirus cases, Adrian Dix says

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks outside his Ottawa residence after self-isolating due to COVID-19 exposure, March 23, 2020. (Fred Chartrand/The Canadian Press)
B.C. dentists to suspend all elective, non-essential dental work due to COVID-19

B.C. dentists to suspend all elective, non-essential dental work due to COVID-19

Only acute pain, trauma and infection will be treated

B.C. dentists to suspend all elective, non-essential dental work due to COVID-19
All the libraries on Vancouver Island operated by the Vancouver Island Regional Library, including the new one in Chemainus (pictured), closed as of March 16 due to the COVID-19 crisis. (File picture)

Libraries on Vancouver Island close due to COVID-19

Vancouver Island Regional Library’s eLibrary remains open

  • Mar 16, 2020
All the libraries on Vancouver Island operated by the Vancouver Island Regional Library, including the new one in Chemainus (pictured), closed as of March 16 due to the COVID-19 crisis. (File picture)
(The Canadian Press)

Canada’s main stock index hits 52-week low amid COVID-19 worries, drop in crude oil prices

In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average had its worst day since 1987

(The Canadian Press)
Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea has closed effectively Monday afternoon. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Popular Sidney aquarium closes over coronavirus

Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea has a plan to care for more than 3,000 animals

Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea has closed effectively Monday afternoon. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
All 12 GVPL branches closed after tonight amidst COVID-19 fears. (Black Press Media file photo)

Greater Victoria libraries shut doors until further notice

All GVPL, VIRL branches close after tonight amidst COVID-19 fears

All 12 GVPL branches closed after tonight amidst COVID-19 fears. (Black Press Media file photo)
COVID-19 Image Credit: CDC

UPDATED: Visitor restrictions in place at Island Health facilities in response to pandemic

Effective immediately, no visitor who is unwell may visit any Island Health facility

COVID-19 Image Credit: CDC
Clipper Vacations, which does trips between Seattle and Victoria, has implemented numerous safety protocols to limit the spread of COVID-19. (Clipper Vacations/Facebook)

Clipper ferry between Seattle, Victoria constantly updating safety protocol amid COVID-19 concerns

‘We’re taking every precaution to protect our crews and passengers,’ CEO says

Clipper Vacations, which does trips between Seattle and Victoria, has implemented numerous safety protocols to limit the spread of COVID-19. (Clipper Vacations/Facebook)
B.C. hospitals are cancelling all elective surgeries this week to maximize their ability to accept urgent coronavirus patients. (Black Press files)

B.C. hospitals start cancelling elective surgeries in COVID-19 preparations

Long-term patients also being moved to create more space

B.C. hospitals are cancelling all elective surgeries this week to maximize their ability to accept urgent coronavirus patients. (Black Press files)
Okanagan grocery store manager responds after couple buys entire meat supply

Okanagan grocery store manager responds after couple buys entire meat supply

The incident occurred Saturday night at Save On Foods

Okanagan grocery store manager responds after couple buys entire meat supply
Sidney has restricted public access to all municipal buildings, including Town Hall. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney restricts access to all municipal buildings

Announcement effective since 11 a.m. Monday morning

Sidney has restricted public access to all municipal buildings, including Town Hall. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Photo by LuAnn Hunt on Unsplash

Canadian Blood Services worried about appointment cancellations during pandemic

Agency says it’s still safe to donate blood during COVID-19 crisis

Photo by LuAnn Hunt on Unsplash