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A swim advisory has been implemented for some parts of Cadboro Bay beach after high levels of bacteria were found in water samples. (Black Press Media file photo)

High bacteria levels lead to swim advisory at Cadboro Bay beach

Samples show beach contains elevated levels of enterococci

A swim advisory has been implemented for some parts of Cadboro Bay beach after high levels of bacteria were found in water samples. (Black Press Media file photo)
Cadboro Bay beach was buzzing with sun-seekers on June 18. Park-users have been asked to avoid the water after a swim advisory was issued July 9. (Black Press Media file photo)

Swim advisory issued at Cadboro Bay beach due to high bacteria levels

Island Health advises against water activities, swimming

Cadboro Bay beach was buzzing with sun-seekers on June 18. Park-users have been asked to avoid the water after a swim advisory was issued July 9. (Black Press Media file photo)
Residents can start moving into The Summit at Quadra Village in July. (Black Press Media file photo)

Seniors move to new, modern Victoria long-term care home starting in July

The Summit replaces the Oak Bay Lodge and Mt. Tolmie care homes

Residents can start moving into The Summit at Quadra Village in July. (Black Press Media file photo)
Matthew Zeleny distributes a box of medical-grade face masks designed in partnership with Camosun College. Now, the design is shared online for free. (Courtesy of Camosun College)

Camosun College shares free design of medical-grade face masks

Manufacturers across Canada, United States and UK have inquired

Matthew Zeleny distributes a box of medical-grade face masks designed in partnership with Camosun College. Now, the design is shared online for free. (Courtesy of Camosun College)
Graphic design of a dementia village, which is planned for Comox. File photo

Island Health signs working agreement to turn former Comox hospital into a ‘dementia village’

Island Health has signed a project development agreement with Providence Living to…

  • May 25, 2020
Graphic design of a dementia village, which is planned for Comox. File photo
A woman with a mask on walks across View Street in Victoria. As of May 22, Vancouver Island has seen only one new case of COVID-19 in two weeks. (Arnold Lim / Black Press)

Vancouver Island hasn’t seen a new homegrown case of COVID-19 in two weeks

Island’s low and steady transmission rate chalked up to several factors

A woman with a mask on walks across View Street in Victoria. As of May 22, Vancouver Island has seen only one new case of COVID-19 in two weeks. (Arnold Lim / Black Press)
Sandra (left), Anna and Edna Jedinak last saw see each other just two days before Mother’s Day. They were talking through a courtyard gate at the Priory, a long-term care facility, when employees told them to leave the premises. (Courtesy of Edna Jedinak)

Langford woman frustrated over visitor restrictions to see 96-year-old mother

Island Health to introduce virtual visits at long-term care facilities

Sandra (left), Anna and Edna Jedinak last saw see each other just two days before Mother’s Day. They were talking through a courtyard gate at the Priory, a long-term care facility, when employees told them to leave the premises. (Courtesy of Edna Jedinak)
Victoria News reporter Nicole Crescenzi had her own bundle of joy last month. (Courtesy of Nicole Crescenzi)

400 bundles of joy brought into world on Vancouver Island in April

Victoria General Hospital saw the most births last month

Victoria News reporter Nicole Crescenzi had her own bundle of joy last month. (Courtesy of Nicole Crescenzi)
Island Health will resume elective surgeries after the May long weekend. (Courtesy of Omar Ahmad)

Island Health resumes elective surgeries

About 4,000 surgeries were postponed across the Island

Island Health will resume elective surgeries after the May long weekend. (Courtesy of Omar Ahmad)
Emergency room visits are down across Greater Victoria hospitals as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. (Black Press Media file photo)

Greater Victoria emergency room visits down 40 per cent during pandemic

Patients afraid of COVID-19 or burdening health care system, says head of emergency medicine

Emergency room visits are down across Greater Victoria hospitals as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. (Black Press Media file photo)
The daughters of Kim Johnson, a Maternity and Pediatrics administrative assistant at Victoria General Hosptial, dressed in T-rex costumes and surprised workers at shift change on April 1. (Island Health/Flickr)

PHOTOS: Island Health creates online photo album of tributes to frontline workers

Collection showcases ‘outpouring of support’ from Island community

The daughters of Kim Johnson, a Maternity and Pediatrics administrative assistant at Victoria General Hosptial, dressed in T-rex costumes and surprised workers at shift change on April 1. (Island Health/Flickr)
Island Health has confirmed a third death within the Island Health region. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Island Health confirms three coronavirus deaths in region

In total 77 British Columbians have died from COVID-19

Island Health has confirmed a third death within the Island Health region. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Pregnant women are switching their birth plans in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

More than 400 babies born on Vancouver Island in midst of pandemic

In March there were 453 babies born across the region

Pregnant women are switching their birth plans in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Healthcare workers on Vancouver Island have been instructed to forego the 14-day isolation period upon return from international travel. Black Press file photo

COVID-19: Isolation exemptions to frontline workers a danger to patients, say Island Health employees

Staff exempt from self-isolation upon return from international travel according to Island Health

Healthcare workers on Vancouver Island have been instructed to forego the 14-day isolation period upon return from international travel. Black Press file photo
Island Health is requesting all gift deliveries, including flowers to cease. The move is in response to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Pixabay Image
Island Health is requesting all gift deliveries, including flowers to cease. The move is in response to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Pixabay Image
The Summit at Quadra Village may be used to reduce occupancy levels at hospitals in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)

COVID-19: Brand new Victoria long-term care home could take pressure off hospitals

Island Health delays residents’ move to The Summit at Quadra Village

The Summit at Quadra Village may be used to reduce occupancy levels at hospitals in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
Island Health facilities will only be open for essential visits. (Black Press Media file photo)

Island Health facilities now only open for essential visits

Visits allowed for critically ill, those in end-of-life care or those that need escorts

Island Health facilities will only be open for essential visits. (Black Press Media file photo)
More than 100 people from different walks of life gathered at Royal Jubilee Hospital on Saturday and Sunday for Code Hack 2020, a 24-hour hackathon dedicated to solving real-world health care problems at Island Health. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)

PHOTOS: ‘Hackers’ come together to help solve Island Health challenges

More than 100 people participate in Code Hack 2020

More than 100 people from different walks of life gathered at Royal Jubilee Hospital on Saturday and Sunday for Code Hack 2020, a 24-hour hackathon dedicated to solving real-world health care problems at Island Health. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
The Central Saanich Fire Department responded to a fire at Brentwood House, a long-term care facility in Brentwood Bay on Monday night. Seventeen residents in the building were displaced due to the fire. There were no injuries. (Twitter/Central Saanich Fire)

Fire at Brentwood Bay long-term care facility displaces 17 residents

Some residents home with families, others sent to Victoria General Hospital

The Central Saanich Fire Department responded to a fire at Brentwood House, a long-term care facility in Brentwood Bay on Monday night. Seventeen residents in the building were displaced due to the fire. There were no injuries. (Twitter/Central Saanich Fire)
Flu hospitalizations are down since last year (Black Press Media file photo).

Flu hospitalizations see significant drop across Vancouver Island

Less than a third of the number of people have been hospitalized due to influenza since last year

Flu hospitalizations are down since last year (Black Press Media file photo).