Coronavirus

The Victoria Sexual Assault Centre remains open 24/7 amid the COVID-19 outbreak. (Victoria Sexual Assault Centre)

Victoria Sexual Assault Centre remains open for survivors through COVID-19 pandemic

Times of crisis can lead to increase in domestic violence, board of director member says

The Victoria Sexual Assault Centre remains open 24/7 amid the COVID-19 outbreak. (Victoria Sexual Assault Centre)
Residents of Mill Springs Village have worked out a simple but effective way to help each other during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Citizen file)

Cowichan Valley strata using yellow caution tape to tie neighbourhood together during crisis

A simple but effective solution to helping each other despite social distancing

Residents of Mill Springs Village have worked out a simple but effective way to help each other during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Citizen file)
Hundreds of people queued in multiple lines waiting to pay for their purchases at a Costco store, amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, in Burnaby on March 16. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

Grocery stores hiring more staff, offer wage boost as B.C. adapts to COVID-19 buying habits

Companies make changes to protect staff, customers during the outbreak

Hundreds of people queued in multiple lines waiting to pay for their purchases at a Costco store, amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, in Burnaby on March 16. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
(The Canadian Press)

More than 400 COVID-19 cases, 10 deaths in B.C.

27 people are currently in hospital with 12 people in intensive care

(The Canadian Press)
B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. (B.C. government)
B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. (B.C. government)
Tents and other items scatter a City of Parksville lot on the Corner of Jensen Avenue and Craig Street. (Black Press Media files)

Help on way for renters amid COVID-19, B.C.’s housing minister says

More details to help renters expected from B.C. government on Monday

Tents and other items scatter a City of Parksville lot on the Corner of Jensen Avenue and Craig Street. (Black Press Media files)
Ground crews of Japanese airlines wave to the special "Tokyo 2020 Go" aircraft that will transport the Olympic Flame to Japan after the Torch Handover Ceremony in Greece, on its departure at Haneda International Airport in Tokyo Wednesday, March 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Swimming Canada supports US after Americans call for Olympic postponement

Many of the events that determine who would compete in Tokyo have been postponed or cancelled

Ground crews of Japanese airlines wave to the special "Tokyo 2020 Go" aircraft that will transport the Olympic Flame to Japan after the Torch Handover Ceremony in Greece, on its departure at Haneda International Airport in Tokyo Wednesday, March 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
Ubaldina Calderon, 92, wearing a protective mask, exits a clinic after receiving a pneumonia vaccine as part of a mass vaccination campaign for the elderly in Lima, Peru, Friday, March 13, 2020. The Ministry of Health is encouraging seniors to get a pneumonia vaccine to reduce the risks of those who might contact the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

World COVID-19 afternoon update: New virus test gets results in 45 minutes

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

Ubaldina Calderon, 92, wearing a protective mask, exits a clinic after receiving a pneumonia vaccine as part of a mass vaccination campaign for the elderly in Lima, Peru, Friday, March 13, 2020. The Ministry of Health is encouraging seniors to get a pneumonia vaccine to reduce the risks of those who might contact the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
A hospital worker wearing a face shield and mask is seen at a COVID-19 assessment centre for staff at Lions Gate Hospital, in North Vancouver, on Thursday, March 19, 2020. According to Vancouver Coastal Health three administrative staff members at the hospital tested positive for the virus last week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck                                A hospital worker wearing a face shield and mask is seen at a COVID-19 assessment centre for staff at Lions Gate Hospital, in North Vancouver, on Thursday, March 19, 2020. According to Vancouver Coastal Health three administrative staff members at the hospital tested positive for the virus last week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Canadian coronavirus evening update: B.C. death toll rises, Quebec forbids gatherings

March 21, 2020 – Black Press Media is updating this file through the day

A hospital worker wearing a face shield and mask is seen at a COVID-19 assessment centre for staff at Lions Gate Hospital, in North Vancouver, on Thursday, March 19, 2020. According to Vancouver Coastal Health three administrative staff members at the hospital tested positive for the virus last week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck                                A hospital worker wearing a face shield and mask is seen at a COVID-19 assessment centre for staff at Lions Gate Hospital, in North Vancouver, on Thursday, March 19, 2020. According to Vancouver Coastal Health three administrative staff members at the hospital tested positive for the virus last week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A fan takes a photo of a band at a live concert. Photo by Terry Farrell

Relief fund for Canadian performing artists gets $100,000 boost

Facebook started the fund with a $100,000 donation Thursday

A fan takes a photo of a band at a live concert. Photo by Terry Farrell
Primary Care Paramedic Greg Sales in full personal protective equipment that is now being used during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Provided by B.C. Emergency Health Services)
Primary Care Paramedic Greg Sales in full personal protective equipment that is now being used during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Provided by B.C. Emergency Health Services)
Courts in B.C. have suspended operations unless urgent in wake of COVID-19 pandemic. (Cliff MacArthur/provincialcourt.bc.ca)

Court shutdown could threaten safe confinement and fair trials: B.C. defence lawyer

Defence lawyer says people in custody could be released early to prevent COVID from spreading

Courts in B.C. have suspended operations unless urgent in wake of COVID-19 pandemic. (Cliff MacArthur/provincialcourt.bc.ca)
Sweetpal Chauhan, operator of several Shell Gas stations in Greater Victoria, is donating 130 blankets and a full lunch to Our Place to help the homeless in a time of extreme struggle. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Greater Victoria business owner pays for lunches, blankets at Our Place in dire times

Shell operator Sweetpal Chauhan hopes to inspire others to help amidst COVID-19 worries

Sweetpal Chauhan, operator of several Shell Gas stations in Greater Victoria, is donating 130 blankets and a full lunch to Our Place to help the homeless in a time of extreme struggle. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Sidney’s iconic 3rd Street Cafe is among the growing number of businesses on Beacon Avenue closed in the face of COVID-19. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Retail expert warns of serious consequences for Sidney because of COVID-19

Richard Talbot predicts that downtown Sidney will resemble a ‘hockey player’s mouth’

Sidney’s iconic 3rd Street Cafe is among the growing number of businesses on Beacon Avenue closed in the face of COVID-19. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Fiona Forshaw, right, has made a public announcement that she likely has coronavirus, therefore she and her family are in self-isolation. (Submitted Photo)

Vernon mom with presumptive COVID-19 case shares inside look into self-quarantining

‘At this point, just stay home,’ urges parent as family is in full quarantine

Fiona Forshaw, right, has made a public announcement that she likely has coronavirus, therefore she and her family are in self-isolation. (Submitted Photo)
UBC Men’s Varsity 8 takes a lead on UVic as they race down the Gorge Waterway towards Victoria’s Inner Harbour during the Brown Cup race. This year’s event has been cancelled. (Black Press Media file photo)
UBC Men’s Varsity 8 takes a lead on UVic as they race down the Gorge Waterway towards Victoria’s Inner Harbour during the Brown Cup race. This year’s event has been cancelled. (Black Press Media file photo)
Sandra Cairns enjoys a lunch out with her son, Rob. (Submitted photo)

Family of B.C. woman who died of COVID-19 makes plea for people to stay home

Daughter-in-law of recent North Vancouver nursing home COVID-19 victim speaks out

Sandra Cairns enjoys a lunch out with her son, Rob. (Submitted photo)
(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)

B.C. Real Estate Association calls for stop to open houses during pandemic

Association working with government to help secure relief funding for realtors

(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)
Residents from three different households hold happy hour at the end of their driveways on Westdowne Road as they make the best of social distancing on Thursday evening in Oak Bay. (Maureen Mitchell Photo)

Oak Bay residents on Westdowne take happy hour to the limit

Mayor shares concerns about social distancing

Residents from three different households hold happy hour at the end of their driveways on Westdowne Road as they make the best of social distancing on Thursday evening in Oak Bay. (Maureen Mitchell Photo)
Winnie Cooper plays her flute at the Dallas Road beach. The Victoria musician normally plays at long-term care centres with an ensemble called Voice of the Heart. Since social isolation protocols were initiated in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cooper has been unable to play her normal gigs. She said she wanted to go down to the beach and bring the joy of music to others during a difficult time. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Life goes on – Victorians enjoy the outdoors amid COVID-19 pandemic

Many take to Dallas Road while implementing social distancing measures

Winnie Cooper plays her flute at the Dallas Road beach. The Victoria musician normally plays at long-term care centres with an ensemble called Voice of the Heart. Since social isolation protocols were initiated in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cooper has been unable to play her normal gigs. She said she wanted to go down to the beach and bring the joy of music to others during a difficult time. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)