Sunday, April 5, 2020

Brishti Basu

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B.C. reports 29 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, over 700 recovered patients

Sadly, three more people have died bringing the death toll to 38 in B.C.

This year’s Esquimalt Buccaneer Days have been cancelled due to COVID-19

It was scheduled to take place on May 9th

B.C. reports 53 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 bringing total to 1,174 in province

There are now 74 cases on Vancouver Island, and 641 people have recovered across B.C.

B.C. reports 55 new cases of COVID-19, two deaths on Vancouver Island

There are now 1,121 confirmed cases in B.C. out of which 641 people have recovered

B.C. top doctor says medical masks must be reserved for health care workers during...

But she isn't against people using homemade or cloth masks.

Sidney opens new shower facility for vulnerable people in Iroquois Park

With toiletries and towels donated by local businesses

B.C. announces extra $300 per month for seniors and people on income, disability assistance

Among other measures to help support vulnerable populations

$3.5M emergency fund created for post secondary students in B.C.

Each institution will decide how much a student receives based on their individual needs

Camosun College manufacturing over 9,000 protective face shields for Island Health workers

Using a new design that lets them produce 90 per hour

B.C. reports 53 new cases of COVID-19 bringing total to 1,066 in province

There are now 72 confirmed cases on Vancouver Island and 606 people have recovered across B.C.
Rapid Transit

BC Transit announces reduction in service in addition to annual Spring changes

No more late night service on Fridays and Saturdays

32-year-old man arrested after carrying gun on BC Transit bus in Saanich

The weapon turned out to be a pellet gun designed to look like a handgun

B.C. teachers will have access to Zoom videoconferencing app for online classes

With added encryption and safety features

Premier John Horgan extends B.C. state of emergency in light of COVID-19

"COVID-19 may be the biggest challenge our province has ever faced."

B.C. health minister says there’s “zero chance” of COVID-19 restrictions lifted by end of...

Authorities will also be preparing for a possible second wave of the virus in fall 2020

New Langford COVID-19 information line receives over 1,000 calls in first week

It's part of an initiative that also offers at-home coronavirus testing and online doctor consultations for those who need it

B.C. reports 43 new cases of COVID-19 bringing total to 1,013 in province

There are no new cases on Vancouver Island today, and 507 have recovered from the virus across B.C.

B.C. launches portal to match essential workers with child care spaces for children under...

Simply fill out the form or dial the phone number provided

Colwood urges dog owners to dispose of litter responsibly after closing public garbage bins

“It’s never ok to throw your trash on the ground."

One-in-eight Canadians think threat of COVID-19 pandemic is ‘overblown’ (REPORT)

There are now 8,469 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Canada
Brandon Bartlett

Victoria Police arrest two men, seize stolen property in COVID-19 AirBnB scam

One of the men claimed to have tested positive for COVID-19 as a way to stay in the unit without paying

“Are you not listening?”: VicPD breaks up nine gatherings over the weekend

Police chief, Del Manak, expresses deep frustration over some people's lack of understanding and complacency
Royal Jubilee Hospital Parking Tickets

Parking fees suspended at all B.C. hospitals starting April 1

For patients, staff, and visitors

B.C. reports 86 new cases of COVID-19 bringing total to 970 in province

There is now a total of 67 cases on Vancouver Island, and 469 people have recovered in B.C.

Victoria Police searching for ‘high risk’ missing 16-year-old girl (UPDATED)

Anyone who sees Arianna McKenzie is asked to call 911

B.C. health order banning gatherings over 50 people doesn’t directly apply to grocery stores

They have issued a list of guidelines specifically for grocery and retail food stores

Authorities investigating series of suspicious fires in Saanich and Oak Bay

Vehicles and garbage cans were set ablaze

Victoria councillors suggest free downtown parking, new delivery app in COVID-19 response

Both motions will be discussed by city council this Thursday

Food banks across B.C. receive $3 million emergency grant from provincial government

This will help food banks buy food, pay employees, and cover other essential costs

B.C. reports 92 new cases of COVID-19 bringing total to 884 in province

🚨There are now a total of 60 confirmed cases on Vancouver Island

B.C. launches new online portal for K-12 students after suspension of in-person classes

It offers free learning resources, at-home educational activities, and sources on how to maintain well being. 

Nanaimo RCMP searching for missing 17-year-old girl

She is believed to be in the company of a 36-year-old man

B.C. reports 67 new cases of COVID-19 bringing total to 792 in province

🚨There are now a total of 57 confirmed cases on Vancouver Island. Two additional deaths reported

Save-on-Foods will be selling Girl Guide cookies amid COVID-19 pandemic

$5/box and they hit the shelves next week

Province releases full list of essential services in B.C.

This comprehensive list encompasses a variety of industries and workers

Greater Victoria School District confirms students will not return to school after Spring Break

Schools will be planning on next steps during the first two weeks after the break.

Harbour Air will temporarily suspend flights starting Saturday due to global pandemic

Their current plan is to restart service on May 4th
BC Transit Bus Lane

BC Transit sees up to 70% less ridership due to COVID-19 closures

There are no current plans to block out seats to enforce physical distancing on buses

B.C. prepares hospitals for worst case scenario, adds more ventilators amid COVID-19

Authorities believe B.C. has enough capacity to deal with this epidemic, but are preparing for the worst

Provincial Health Officer ‘cautiously optimistic’ about COVID-19 trajectory in British Columbia

Dr. Henry says the rate of growth of the virus in B.C. is being positively affected by physical distancing measures

Victoria may hire more bylaw officers to enforce provincial health orders during COVID-19

Homeless populations will be moved to temporary shelter sites at two Victoria parks instead of three originally planned

B.C. reports 66 new cases of COVID-19 bringing total to 725 in province

🚨There are now 52 confirmed cases on Vancouver Island

Victoria pedicab company offering delivery service by donation during COVID-19 pandemic

Another heartwarming gesture from a local business!

B.C. launches phone line connecting seniors with volunteers and services amid COVID-19

Seniors living at home are most likely to become isolated during this pandemic

BCCDC confirms COVID-19 exposure in West Jet flight to Victoria last week

Several flights landing in Vancouver recently have also reported confirmed coronavirus cases