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42 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in B.C., bringing total to 659

42 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in B.C., bringing total to 659

B.C. has cleared hospital space for almost 4,000 possible COVID-19 patients, but potential shortages of personal protective equipment for health workers has become “our wicked problem,” provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said Wednesday.
Adrian Raeside cartoon: Dangerous gatherings

Adrian Raeside cartoon: Dangerous gatherings

Jack Knox: Isolation’s not all bad, says the lighthouse keeper

Jack Knox: Isolation’s not all bad, says the lighthouse keeper

On the bright side, gas is down to $1.13. Now if only there were somewhere to go. Justine Etzkorn doesn’t worry about that. As a lighthouse keeper on the west coast of Vancouver Island, she only ventures into town, Victoria, a couple of times a year.
Dave Obee: We vow to keep going to help meet community’s needs

Dave Obee: We vow to keep going to help meet community’s needs

As the Rapid Relief Fund, launched to help those in need as a result of COVID-19, edges toward $1.3 million, it’s safe to say that this effort is without match anywhere else in Canada. It will soon be matched, however, in Greater Victoria.
Comment: Continue the beat of hope, donate today

Comment: Continue the beat of hope, donate today

A commentary by the public and government affairs director of the Salvation Army’s B.C. Division. In extraordinary times like this, primary concerns preoccupy our minds.
Restaurants cook up a meal a day for laid-off staff, service workers

Restaurants cook up a meal a day for laid-off staff, service workers

While local businesses struggle to survive, some are going the extra mile to help those who suddenly find themselves unable to put food on the table.
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

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.