Coronavirus

The Victoria Police Department thanked healthcare workers for their service amid the COVID-19 crisis Thursday night by sending a full watch of patrol officers to the Royal Jubilee Hospital with lights and sirens activated. (Courtesy of VicPD)

COVID-19: VicPD thanks health care workers with 15-car salute

Patrol officers start night shift with tribute at Royal Jubilee Hospital

The Victoria Police Department thanked healthcare workers for their service amid the COVID-19 crisis Thursday night by sending a full watch of patrol officers to the Royal Jubilee Hospital with lights and sirens activated. (Courtesy of VicPD)
Canadian Federation of Independent Business surveys small business confidence, in a March 25, 2020 story. (Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Trudeau announces 75% wage subsidy for small businesses amid COVID-19

This is up from the previously announced 10 per cent wage subsidy

Canadian Federation of Independent Business surveys small business confidence, in a March 25, 2020 story. (Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)
A man looks at over paperwork he was given after being tested for the coronavirus as the leaves the testing tent while others wait in line to be tested outside Elmhurst Hospital Center, Tuesday, March 24, 2020, in the Queens borough of New York. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the number of positive coronavirus cases in the state surged to more than 20,000, with more than half the cases in New York City. Cuomo promised 1,000 temporary hospital beds will be swiftly placed inside a vast Manhattan convention center as officials raced to prepare for an overwhelming number of coronavirus patients. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

US has most COVID-19 virus infections in the world right now

Pandemic is accelerating in cities like New York, Chicago and Detroit

A man looks at over paperwork he was given after being tested for the coronavirus as the leaves the testing tent while others wait in line to be tested outside Elmhurst Hospital Center, Tuesday, March 24, 2020, in the Queens borough of New York. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the number of positive coronavirus cases in the state surged to more than 20,000, with more than half the cases in New York City. Cuomo promised 1,000 temporary hospital beds will be swiftly placed inside a vast Manhattan convention center as officials raced to prepare for an overwhelming number of coronavirus patients. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Harbour Air has suspended all regularly scheduled flights in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Facebook/Harbour Air Seaplanes)

COVID-19: Harbour Air suspends all scheduled flights

Charter services will continue on larger plane to allow for physical distancing

Harbour Air has suspended all regularly scheduled flights in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Facebook/Harbour Air Seaplanes)
B.C. service aims to connect those in need with volunteers amid COVID-19 crisis

B.C. service aims to connect those in need with volunteers amid COVID-19 crisis

Purposely helps volunteers find people to help

B.C. service aims to connect those in need with volunteers amid COVID-19 crisis
World COVID-19 update, 5:30 a.m.: British PM tests positive; US Surgeon General not satisfied

World COVID-19 update, 5:30 a.m.: British PM tests positive; US Surgeon General not satisfied

Comprehensive world coronavirus news round-up as of 5:30 a.m., Friday, March 27

World COVID-19 update, 5:30 a.m.: British PM tests positive; US Surgeon General not satisfied
Employment insurance (EI) sickness benefits give people up to 15 weeks of income replacement and is eligible for people who are unable to work because of illness, injury or quarantine.(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

COVID-19: How to apply for employment insurance

You can receive up to 55 per cent of your earnings up to a maximum of $573 a week

Employment insurance (EI) sickness benefits give people up to 15 weeks of income replacement and is eligible for people who are unable to work because of illness, injury or quarantine.(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)
Canada COVID-19 update: Wage subsidies, rate cuts, possible charge for coughing

Canada COVID-19 update: Wage subsidies, rate cuts, possible charge for coughing

Latest collection of news briefs from around Canada, including how a fake note shut down a workplace

Canada COVID-19 update: Wage subsidies, rate cuts, possible charge for coughing
10 p.m. world COVID-19 update: Asian markets gain; US set to pass $2.2 trillion package

10 p.m. world COVID-19 update: Asian markets gain; US set to pass $2.2 trillion package

The first person in the U.S. to be infected through community transmission discharged from hospital

10 p.m. world COVID-19 update: Asian markets gain; US set to pass $2.2 trillion package
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Beacon Hill Park will not be used to shelter Victoria’s homeless population, says Mayor

Beacon Hill Park will not be used to shelter Victoria’s homeless population, says Mayor

Topaz and Royal Athletic Park will be used, a shift from the city’s earlier message

Beacon Hill Park will not be used to shelter Victoria’s homeless population, says Mayor
COVID-19 cases, deaths climb despite restrictions; experts warn of ‘cures’

COVID-19 cases, deaths climb despite restrictions; experts warn of ‘cures’

Parliament has approved the flow of $52 billion in direct financial aid to Canadians

COVID-19 cases, deaths climb despite restrictions; experts warn of ‘cures’
The Bowden Institution medium security facility near Bowden, Alta., Thursday, March 19, 2020.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Should non-violent offenders be released from prison to avoid COVID-19 spread?

Union of BC Indian Chiefs calling on the province to prevent spread of the novel coronavirus

The Bowden Institution medium security facility near Bowden, Alta., Thursday, March 19, 2020.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
B.C. egg and chicken producers are doing their best to manage the numbers during the COVID-19 pandemic.(File photo)

B.C. egg, chicken farms facing down challenge of COVID-19

Plenty of product available to feed the province, but groups urge consumers to only buy what’s needed

B.C. egg and chicken producers are doing their best to manage the numbers during the COVID-19 pandemic.(File photo)
World COVID-19 5:30 p.m. update, March 26: Washingon governor says ‘we gotta pound it’

World COVID-19 5:30 p.m. update, March 26: Washingon governor says ‘we gotta pound it’

State may extend stay-at-home order; eight countries plea for sanction relief; Royals show support

World COVID-19 5:30 p.m. update, March 26: Washingon governor says ‘we gotta pound it’
Boarding the plane in Kunming, where former Parksville resident Mark Conway had his layover on his journey back to China. (Submitted photo)

B.C. man returns to isolation in China nearly two months after fleeing COVID-19 scare

Mark Conway details harrowing journey, intense quarantine protocol

Boarding the plane in Kunming, where former Parksville resident Mark Conway had his layover on his journey back to China. (Submitted photo)
Jasper Sunshine lives full time in his camperized cube van. He said he knows many people living a similar lifestyle that are struggling without access to recreation centres, public libraries, coffee shops and restaurants to do things like take showers and connect with others. (Black Press Media file photo)

Full-time campers face various struggles amidst COVID-19

One camper advises others to find a way to work together

Jasper Sunshine lives full time in his camperized cube van. He said he knows many people living a similar lifestyle that are struggling without access to recreation centres, public libraries, coffee shops and restaurants to do things like take showers and connect with others. (Black Press Media file photo)
Nanaimo RCMP say a text scam related to COVID-19 emergency relief has surfaced in communities across Canada. (Photo submitted)

RCMP, prime minister warn of text scam related to COVID-19 relief

Text message alerts about $,1375.50 deposits should be ignored or deleted, police say

Nanaimo RCMP say a text scam related to COVID-19 emergency relief has surfaced in communities across Canada. (Photo submitted)
Kwench launches The Craic — a series of live and interactive video calls – in an effort to keep people connected while self-isolating. (Unsplash)

Victoria business launches The Craic, series of live and interactive video calls

From Ukulele for Beginners to Ask a 13-year-old, there’s something for everyone

Kwench launches The Craic — a series of live and interactive video calls – in an effort to keep people connected while self-isolating. (Unsplash)
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry gives an update on the coronavirus pandemic as Health Minister Adrian Dix keeps the recommended distance to avoid transmission, B.C. legislature, March 23, 2020. (B.C. government)

66 new B.C. cases of COVID-19, up to 725 positive tests so far

186 people have now recovered, Dr. Bonnie Henry says

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry gives an update on the coronavirus pandemic as Health Minister Adrian Dix keeps the recommended distance to avoid transmission, B.C. legislature, March 23, 2020. (B.C. government)