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Island Health has confirmed the first long term care facility outbreak in Greater Victoria at Veterans Memorial Lodge in Saanich. (Google Maps)

Island Health records first long-term care COVID outbreak in Greater Victoria

Veterans Memorial Lodge in Saanich confirms one positive staff member

Island Health has confirmed the first long term care facility outbreak in Greater Victoria at Veterans Memorial Lodge in Saanich. (Google Maps)
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OPINION: Island Health doctors call on residents to ‘double down’ to slow spread of COVID-19

Positive cases increasing at a rate that causes concern for health officers

  • Nov 18, 2020
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Contact tracing now mandatory at Vancouver Island campgrounds, RV parks

As of Nov. 13, owners must collect information from each patron

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Dr. Omar Ahmad, Island Health Department Head of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine (left to right), Avery Brohman, Island Health Executive Director, and Joe O’Rourke, Seaspan Victoria Shipyards Vice President and General Manager, receive a $2.65 million donation toward the Its Critical campaign. (Victoria Hospitals Foundation)

It’s Critical hospital campaign gets $2.65M donation to advance Victoria critical care

Seaspan Victoria Shipyards, Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation get campaign close to $7M goal

Dr. Omar Ahmad, Island Health Department Head of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine (left to right), Avery Brohman, Island Health Executive Director, and Joe O’Rourke, Seaspan Victoria Shipyards Vice President and General Manager, receive a $2.65 million donation toward the Its Critical campaign. (Victoria Hospitals Foundation)
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Vancouver Island sees first COVID-19 outbreak after staff test positive at Nanaimo hospital

Island Health says five staff members on one Nanaimo unit have tested positive

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The drive-through COVID-19 testing facility at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital. (Black Press Media file photo)

Island Health opens COVID-19 testing site at UVic

As with all other sites, an appointment is needed to receive a test

The drive-through COVID-19 testing facility at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital. (Black Press Media file photo)
Island Health is planning a new Wellness and Recovery Centre for 5878 York Rd. in North Cowichan. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

March Saturday in Duncan to protest Wellness Centre

Controversial site is close to 4 schools

Island Health is planning a new Wellness and Recovery Centre for 5878 York Rd. in North Cowichan. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Dan Kelly, a 71-year-old retired firefighter, walking within an hour of his second hip replacement surgery, thanks to a new pilot project aimed at shortening recovery time. (Courtesy of Island Health)
Dan Kelly, a 71-year-old retired firefighter, walking within an hour of his second hip replacement surgery, thanks to a new pilot project aimed at shortening recovery time. (Courtesy of Island Health)
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)