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Coronavirus: How COVID-19 spreads, how to avoid it

Coronavirus: How COVID-19 spreads, how to avoid it

How is the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, spread? • Droplets spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes. • Close personal contact such as touching or shaking hands.
What you need to know about coronavirus and how it spreads

What you need to know about coronavirus and how it spreads

What is COVID-19? COVID-19 is the illness caused by the novel coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause illness in people and others cause illness in animals. Human coronaviruses are common.
From the publisher, part 2: The impact of COVID-19

From the publisher, part 2: The impact of COVID-19

I wrote in Saturday’s Times Colonist about the impact that COVID-19 is having in our community — a harsh impact, one that affects all of us, even though there has only been one confirmed case of the virus on Vancouver Island.
Keeping the faith, as Island places of worship shut doors and change rituals

Keeping the faith, as Island places of worship shut doors and change rituals

Vancouver Island places of worship have suspended or altered weekend services and social events after health officials advised cancelling gatherings of more than 250 people. Provincial health officer Dr.
Adrian Raeside cartoon: A decent place to be if there’s a pandemic

Adrian Raeside cartoon: A decent place to be if there’s a pandemic

The B.C. and federal governments are advising against travel abroad, and are encouraging Canadians who are out of the country to return as soon as possible. B.C.
B.C. Ferries trims spring-break sailings, closes buffets; eased rules sought for enclosed decks

B.C. Ferries trims spring-break sailings, closes buffets; eased rules sought for enclosed decks

B.C. Ferries is reducing sailings between Victoria and Vancouver at the start of spring break because COVID-19 social-distancing measures have led to a decrease in traffic.
New jury trials on hold until end of May in B.C. due to COVID-19

New jury trials on hold until end of May in B.C. due to COVID-19

Jury selection has been cancelled everywhere in B.C. until the end of May as a result of the rapidly evolving situation with the COVID-19 virus, the Supreme Court announced Friday. In criminal cases, an accused can elect to be tried by judge alone.
From the publisher, part 1: Don't let fear of COVID-19 take over

From the publisher, part 1: Don't let fear of COVID-19 take over

The impact of the coronavirus, COVID-19, is unprecedented in my lifetime.
Stage Left: As virus fears close productions, keep calm and support the arts

Stage Left: As virus fears close productions, keep calm and support the arts

They say if you stay in the news business long enough, you’ll see everything. Perhaps that’s true. I’ve covered the arts in Victoria since 1988. That’s 32 years, a long time. But never have I seen anything affect the local scene like COVID-19.
COVID-19 sparks rush on essentials: TP, cleaning products, non-perishable food

COVID-19 sparks rush on essentials: TP, cleaning products, non-perishable food

Greater Victoria grocery stores were caught off guard this week by the volume of customers and their desire to stock up on essentials, and not-so-essentials, as fear over the COVID-19 outbreak spread.