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Latest updates on the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

B.C. invests $5 million to expand virtual mental health services during COVID-19 pandemic

Focusing on supports for adults, youth, and front-line health care workers.

COVID-19 deaths in Canada could reach up to 22,000, Health Canada projects

The first wave of the pandemic is predicted to last until summer

More than 1 million jobs lost in Canada last month due to COVID-19

3.1 million Canadians have been financially affected due to lay-offs or cut hours

No spike in domestic abuse police reports in Victoria during lockdown, but experts concerned

"I would imagine there are a lot of women just struggling to stay alive and keep themselves and their children safe."

B.C. reports 45 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, five more people dead

There are now 81 cases on Vancouver Island, and 838 people have recovered across B.C.

BC Corrections released 16 inmates early on Vancouver Island due to COVID-19 pandemic

The province is currently assessing more non-violent criminals for early release

Royal Athletic Park no longer being considered for temporary homeless shelter site in Victoria

Topaz Park is now the only outdoor park being considered.

Travellers returning to B.C. will be required to explain their self isolation plan: Horgan...

Those who don't have a plan will be taken to a quarantine facility

Greater Victoria School District providing 10,000 meals a week for families amid COVID-19

As an extension of their school-based lunch program.

B.C. will provide $225 per month for children with special needs during COVID-19 pandemic

Among other measures to ease the financial strain on families

Canada’s largest credit union cuts credit card interest to 0% for people facing financial...

Members affected by COVID-19 can defer payments for up to six months

All provincial parks in B.C. close ahead of upcoming Easter long weekend

After people were seen ignoring physical distancing orders

PM announces new guidelines for 75% wage subsidy, lower eligibility requirements

The subsidy would cover 75% of each employee’s salary for qualifying businesses.

FortisBC announces bill deferral plans for residential and small business customers during pandemic

An interest-free repayment schedule will be set up after the deferral

“We’re in for a ride”: B.C. watching global pandemic progression to plan easing of...

Particularly looking at places where lifting restrictions has caused an increase in new COVID-19 cases

B.C. reports 25 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 bringing total to 1,291

A total of 805 people have recovered, but sadly four more people have died from the virus

Langford funds initiative to provide free hotel rooms for health care workers

United Way will continue raising funds for this initiative. Donation link inside the article

Victoria tenant group renews call for cancellation of rent and mortgage payments during pandemic

After a survey found that people are forgoing basic necessities like food to pay rent

B.C. procures over 900 shelter spaces at hotels, motels, community centres across province

For those experiencing homelessness, people without safe spaces to self-isolate, and youth.

Vancouver Island based company to help produce essential COVID-19 supplies: Trudeau

Over 30,000 ventilators are currently in production by Canadian companies.

Pornhub offers free premium memberships to help encourage physical distancing

Not surprisingly, their traffic has 'peaked' in the last month.. 😉

Victoria residents donate over 600 tents, tarps, sleeping bags for homeless population

Due to shelter closures, much of the city's homeless population has been forced to camp outside

B.C. reports 63 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 since Saturday, bringing total to 1,266

"The percentage of new cases have been slowing and bending," says Dr. Bonnie Henry
BC Transit Bus Lane

BC Transit will continue to waive fees, use rear-door boarding until April 30th

Light duty buses will have vinyl panels installed to protect drivers and passengers alike

B.C. doctors urge patients to continue booking regular appointments over the phone

Family physicians are now offering phone call and video conferencing appointment options

This taxi company in Victoria is offering health care workers free transportation to and...

The Tesla-only fleet offers a "touchless" ride for passengers.

Victoria’s Cheese and Meat Festival postponed until October due to COVID-19

The event was scheduled to happen in early May.

Canada’s top doctor says wearing non-medical masks could help curb spread of COVID-19

Due to growing evidence of asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic transmission of the virus

Over 240,000 people have already applied for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit

If you have lost income due to COVID-19, here's how to apply

Canada’s big banks cutting credit card interest rates due to COVID-19

Along with increasing tap pay limits for customers.

People can start applying for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit tomorrow

If you choose to direct deposit, you will get the first payment within 3 to 5 days.

Victoria police help celebrate 8-year-old boy’s birthday with convoy parade

We hope you have a great day Alistair!

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.

Local musician writes ‘The Ballad of Bonnie Henry’ in tribute to B.C.’s top doctor...

The hit tune was mixed and recorded in Nanaimo.

Here’s how you can get your cellphone repaired via pickup and delivery in Victoria

Finally fix that cracked phone screen - without ever leaving your home! 📱

Local grocery stores raise over $30,000 to help feed those in need during COVID-19...

For the Island Food Caring campaign.

TELUS offers free internet for low income families during COVID-19 pandemic

As a part of their 'Internet for Good' program.

Canada investing $100 million to help with urgent food needs of vulnerable populations

Such as food banks and Indigenous communities.

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

Show your favourite local businesses some love while still physical distancing

They need it now, more than ever! ❤️

Essential services in B.C. can’t be held liable for damages caused by exposure to...

As long as they are complying with provincial health orders

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.

Victoria’s Royal BC Museum launches free online webinars amid COVID-19 pandemic

Streamed live on Zoom and Facebook!

Sidney opens new shower facility for vulnerable people in Iroquois Park

With toiletries and towels donated by local businesses