Island Health

Island Health’s celebratory pin marks one million COVID-19 vaccination doses administered in the health authority region. (Courtesy of Island Health)

Island Health surpasses one million COVID-19 immunizations

Campaign has seen 78 per cent of population immunized; 48 per cent have received two doses

 

Island Health has issued no-swim advisories at Clover Point and Saanich Inlet. (Black Press Media file photo)

No-swim advisories issued at two Greater Victoria beaches

High bacteria levels found at Clover Point, Saanich Inlet

 

The Island Medical Program is looking for female practitioners who are comfortable with their bodies to teach students at University of Victoria how to medically examine female patients. (Photo courtesy of Island Health)

Female practitioners sought to teach physical exams to Greater Victoria med students

Training involves acting as both instructor and patient for sensitive female examinations

 

Island Health is rescheduling vaccine appointments in Langford, Esquimalt and Gabriola Island Monday as Environment Canada forecasts record-breaking heat for the region. (Black Press Media file photo)

Island Health closing some Greater Victoria vaccine clinics Monday due to heat

Langford, Esquimalt and Gabriola Island appointments to be rescheduled

Island Health is rescheduling vaccine appointments in Langford, Esquimalt and Gabriola Island Monday as Environment Canada forecasts record-breaking heat for the region. (Black Press Media file photo)
Swimming at Gonzales Bay is currently not recommended by Island Health, as high bacteria levels could pose a risk to health. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria’s Gonzales Bay a no swim zone ahead of sweltering weekend

Moderate water quality issues also reported at Glen Lake in Langford and Esquimalt Gorge Park

Swimming at Gonzales Bay is currently not recommended by Island Health, as high bacteria levels could pose a risk to health. (Black Press Media file photo)
Syringes prepared with Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine are seen at a vaccination site in Long Beach, Calif., Friday, March 5, 2021. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Vaccine first doses now available for walk-ins on Vancouver Island

People aged 18+ can walk in for their first COVID-19 vaccine

Syringes prepared with Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine are seen at a vaccination site in Long Beach, Calif., Friday, March 5, 2021. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
There were 255 babies born in Victoria in May 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)

Pandemic baby boom makes for a busier Vancouver Island Father’s Day

Victoria’s 255 babies born in May up almost 10 per cent over last year

There were 255 babies born in Victoria in May 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)
Dr. Sandra Allison, medical health officer for Central Vancouver Island. (Submitted photo)

Podcast: Island Health official Dr. Sandra Allison talks COVID-19 restrictions, next steps

Medical health officer shares thoughts on ‘return to normalcy’

Dr. Sandra Allison, medical health officer for Central Vancouver Island. (Submitted photo)
Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. (News Bulletin file)

Nanaimo hospital district may seek help from other Vancouver Island regions for $1B project

Funding for patient tower and services discussed by committee

Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. (News Bulletin file)
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Island Health: two doctors, new clinic space to avert Port McNeill health crisis

Island Health has leased space to use as an immediate clinic location to avert health crisis

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Island Health is warning parents that more COVID-19 exposures are expected in schools in the coming weeks. (Black Press Media file photo)
Island Health is warning parents that more COVID-19 exposures are expected in schools in the coming weeks. (Black Press Media file photo)
Mural painting of Provincial Health Officer Bonnie Henry on Government Street in downtown Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)

Island Health issues warning following significant jump in COVID-19 cases among 20-39-year-olds

Health authority calls for adherence to public safety orders, avoiding indoor gatherings

Mural painting of Provincial Health Officer Bonnie Henry on Government Street in downtown Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
Brenda Clayton, second from the left, will be a presenter in the PARTY (Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth) program for Grade 1o students across Vancouver Island. (Black Press Media file photo)

Pandemic doesn’t stop the PARTY program for Island students

Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth going online for Island students this year

Brenda Clayton, second from the left, will be a presenter in the PARTY (Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth) program for Grade 1o students across Vancouver Island. (Black Press Media file photo)
Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. (News Bulletin file)

Island’s cardiac care gap sparks hard push for major Nanaimo hospital expansion

New patient tower, cardiac services and cancer centre on the wish list for central and north Island

Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. (News Bulletin file)
Ben Leung, 99, of Port Alberni receives his first Moderna COVID-19 vaccination at Port Alberni’s mass immunization clinic at the Alberni Athletic Hall on Monday, March 15, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Words of experience: Island man, 99, urges others to get vaccinated

Alberni’s Ben Leung among those baring their arms as COVID-19 vaccination clinics open on the Island

Ben Leung, 99, of Port Alberni receives his first Moderna COVID-19 vaccination at Port Alberni’s mass immunization clinic at the Alberni Athletic Hall on Monday, March 15, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
A COVID-19 vaccination clinic, operated by Island Health, has opened at the University of Victoria’s McKinnon Gym. (Photo courtesy of UVic)

COVID-19 vaccination clinic opens at University of Victoria

Clinic is staffed and operated by Island Health

A COVID-19 vaccination clinic, operated by Island Health, has opened at the University of Victoria’s McKinnon Gym. (Photo courtesy of UVic)
COVID cases in the Bella Coola Valley have dropped to just four active cases (file photo)

Expanding social circles fuelling North Island COVID-19 spike

Comox Valley COVID spike the result of ‘a series of multiple social gatherings’

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COVID cases in the Bella Coola Valley have dropped to just four active cases (file photo)
Sheila Malcolmson, minister of Mental Health and Addictions, says funding for recovery and treatment providers will ensure mental health and addictions services continue. (Black Press Media file photo)

Province grants $50,000 to Greater Victoria mental health, addiction treatment providers

Province awards more than $2 million to recovery providers hit by pandemic

Sheila Malcolmson, minister of Mental Health and Addictions, says funding for recovery and treatment providers will ensure mental health and addictions services continue. (Black Press Media file photo)
Grad student Marisa Harrington and her supervisor Lynneth Stuart-Hill say preliminary results from a study into the affects of stress on hospital nurses show an impact on sleep and heart variability. (Courtesy of Marisa Harrington)

University of Victoria study shows stress impact on Greater Victoria nurses

Stress may be impacting sleep, heart health of local hospital nurses

Grad student Marisa Harrington and her supervisor Lynneth Stuart-Hill say preliminary results from a study into the affects of stress on hospital nurses show an impact on sleep and heart variability. (Courtesy of Marisa Harrington)
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