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Panic-buying of drugs leading to shortages and rationing, pharmacies say

Panic-buying of drugs leading to shortages and rationing, pharmacies say

Some pharmacies are asking customers to avoid stockpiling medications as panic-buying during the COVID-19 pandemic leads to a tighter supply of some drugs.
Tiny goes big to help struggling Victoria businesses

Tiny goes big to help struggling Victoria businesses

A local tech company is offering no-interest loans to help Victoria small businesses outlast the COVID-19 pandemic. Co-founder Andrew Wilkinson announced Tuesday that Tiny will offer such businesses zero per cent unsecured loans.
Sea training halted over fears sailor’s family exposed to virus

Sea training halted over fears sailor’s family exposed to virus

Frigate HMCS Regina called off at-sea training after less than two days and returned to CFB Esquimalt because a Canadian navy sailor has a family member who might have been exposed to COVID-19.

Rapid Relief Fund disbursement for first $1 million

Coalition of Neighbourhood Houses - $275,000 to be shared among 10 organizations, including: • Beacon Community Services - $125,000 for financial supports, through the Homeless Prevention Fund, for rent subsidies, hydro, income supports etc.
Empress, Grand Pacific hotels close doors, hundreds laid off

Empress, Grand Pacific hotels close doors, hundreds laid off

Victoria’s Fairmont Empress hotel and the Hotel Grand Pacific are temporarily closing their doors due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, throwing hundreds of people out of work.
Island Health warns of possible COVID-19 exposure at Victoria locations

Island Health warns of possible COVID-19 exposure at Victoria locations

Island Health is warning people who were at several Victoria locations about possible exposure to COVID-19.
145 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in B.C., bringing total to 617

145 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in B.C., bringing total to 617

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has announced 145 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in B.C., bringing the total to 617.
145 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in B.C., bringing total to 617

145 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in B.C., bringing total to 617

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has announced 145 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in B.C., bringing the total to 617.
West coast beaches off limits as six Island provincial parks close

West coast beaches off limits as six Island provincial parks close

The B.C. government has closed six provincial parks on Vancouver Island amid concerns that a spike in visitors was putting people’s health at risk during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Jack Knox: Floating oasis no more; cruise ship passengers fall ill

Jack Knox: Floating oasis no more; cruise ship passengers fall ill

Remember Saturday’s column about the Metchosin couple who were grateful that no one had fallen sick on the cruise ship on which they were trapped? They’re now confined to their cabin.