Sunday, January 17, 2021


Health

Victoria COVID-19 patient gives back to local hospital that saved his life

"My doctors tell me I’m lucky to be alive. I know I’m lucky for them."

Victoria hospitals are facing unprecedented challenges due to COVID-19; here’s how you can help

Expanding critical care capacity is top priority for the Victoria Hospitals Foundation.

Island Health launches survey seeking input about Hospital at Home program

The results will inform plans for a broader province-wide roll out of the program.

This Langford aromatherapy company is giving away a free diffuser and holiday oil blend...

Because everyone wants their house to smell like Christmas! 🎄

40% of Canadians report mental health impacts of COVID-19 second wave (SURVEY)

71% said they were worried about themselves and their loved ones.
Safe Injection kit overdose prevention

162 people died of toxic drug overdose last month in BC, death toll at...

More than five people overdosed to death every day last month.
VHF Donation Seaspan

Vancouver Island critical care unit one step closer to reality with large donation

The $7 million campaign is now past its halfway point but needs more contributions

Almost all Canadians support universal access to prescription drugs (SURVEY)

Those who earn the least were found most likely to have to pay out of pocket for their medicine.

Health officials warn of poisonous death cap mushrooms in Victoria ahead of long weekend

A 3-year-old boy from Victoria died in 2016 after consuming one of these mushrooms.

GoFundMe launched for well-known Vancouver Island DJ paralyzed in mountain biking accident

He's been a fixture of B.C.’s electronic music scene for the past two decades.

B.C. announces new Urgent and Primary Care Centre opening in Saanich in November 2020

This will be the third UPCC to open in Greater Victoria.

Here’s how getting your flu shot in B.C. will look different this fall

The B.C. Pharmacy Association is preparing for increased demand this year.

B.C. top doctor authorizes nurses to prescribe drugs amid overdose crisis

As a measure to get more people off the increasingly toxic street drug supply.

Popular Victoria fitness studio launches new fall schedule with promo for newbies

More classes = more capacity and more room to physical distance! 💪

B.C. announces $3.7 million expansion for Island Sexual Health centre in Victoria

They will hire more staff and expand the space to incorporate more examination rooms.

Here’s how post-secondary students in B.C. can access 24/7 free mental health counselling

The program was launched in April and will remain operational for at least 3 years.

Victoria-based company offers all-in-one PPE kits for only $10

Just in time for back to school - are you ready? 📚

B.C. investing $36 million to create 123 new beds for youth with substance use...

175 people died of illicit drug overdose in B.C. in June

New primary care clinic led by nurse practitioners opening in Nanaimo this week

The facility will open gradually and have a full team of health care experts by September 15

8 new Foundry youth mental health centres coming to B.C. including two on Vancouver...

There are currently 11 Foundry centres in B.C. including one in Victoria

Province announces expansion of Sooke clinic with funding of $1M each year

The expansion will be completed by January 2021

Island Health is looking for Community Health Workers to join their team

Benefits packages and 3 weeks vacation? Sign us up! 🙋

Cruise ship bound for Victoria currently quarantined in California due to coronavirus

There are residents from Victoria on-board the ship.

B.C. announces eight new cases of novel coronavirus within one day

One of the patients has not recently travelled and has had no contact with anyone previously diagnosed with COVID-19.

B.C. woman in her 80s contracts critical case of coronavirus bringing total cases in...

She is currently in isolation in ICU at Vancouver General Hospital
Coronavirus fear

B.C. reports three new coronavirus cases, bringing total in province to 12

All three returned to Canada after travelling to Iran

Man in his 50s who travelled from Iran reported as BC’s 9th coronavirus case

Meanwhile 8 people have died of the illness in neighbouring Washington state

B.C. announces 8th case of COVID-19 as six die from illness in nearby Washington...

Four out of eight patients in B.C. have fully recovered
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Canada increases travel risk level for South Korea, Northern Italy, Iran amid COVID-19 spread

Nearly 3,000 people have succumbed to the disease worldwide
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New case of coronavirus confirmed in B.C. bringing total to seven

He was in close contact with another patient who had flown home to Canada from Iran

B.C. advocacy group expresses disappointment after birth control funding left out from 2020 budget

“We’ve heard very clearly from BC residents that this policy is something they want."

Sixth presumed positive coronavirus case announced in British Columbia

The individual is a woman in her 30s who had recently traveled to Iran

First coronavirus patient in British Columbia has fully recovered

Four out of five COVID-19 patients in B.C. are now asymptomatic
Coronavirus fear

B.C. Health Ministry confirms 5th case of coronavirus in the province

All five patients are recovering in isolation
Coronavirus

No new cases of coronavirus recorded in British Columbia

There continues to be four cases of the disease in the province

Here’s why Victoria’s Salon Felice was voted Vancouver Island’s top salon

The business began 35 years ago in Broadmead. 💇

Two new cases of novel coronavirus confirmed in British Columbia

Both individuals were visiting from Hubei province, China
Coronavirus fear

Health ministry reiterates low risk of coronavirus in British Columbia after one confirmed case

"It is not necessary for the general public to take special precautions..."

World Health Organization declares global health emergency following coronavirus outbreak

JUST IN: There are now 7,834 confirmed cases of coronavirus around the world

Air Canada suspends flights to Beijing and Shanghai after federal travel advisory

There are now nearly 6,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in China

Win a pair of tickets to the Victoria Health Show at Pearkes Arena this...

Plus a Charge Fitness package worth $380! 🌿

Langford veterinary hospital hosting dog blood donation clinic this weekend

Need some four-legged heroes to raise their paws! 🐾❤️

Island Health to oversee Victoria senior care facility after operator fails to meet standards

A report cited concerns about insufficient staffing and lack of cleanliness
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Island Health adds 15 new beds to Royal Jubilee Hospital end-of-life care units

Expected to begin service by spring 2020

Victoria hockey tournament derailed after possible norovirus outbreak

Six players from Victoria contracted the illness within 24 hours
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