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Omicron is upending Vancouver Island hospitals and schools

By Brishti Basu
January 10, 2022

Health workers say they’re stretched past the breaking point, while teachers feel their concerns are ignored

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Victoria healthcare workers brace for Omicron’s impact on nearly full hospitals

By Brishti Basu
December 23, 2021

Island Health is pleading with workers to take extra shifts, while some doctors and nurses say the province isn’t following the science on staff protection

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Vancouver Island is awash with Omicron. What are authorities doing to slow it?

By Brishti Basu
December 20, 2021

Data from other jurisdictions show the Island is in for a rough month to come, but authorities are still denying basic facts about the virus

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BC parents look to US pharmacies to find COVID vaccines for under-12 kids

By Brishti Basu
November 17, 2021

Children in BC are expected to be able to get vaccinated before the holiday season, but pharmacies in Washington are already vaccinating Canadian kids

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Inside the COVID isolation units for unhoused patients in Victoria

By Jolene Rudisuela
October 9, 2021

Cubicles, no showers, and fluorescent lights all day long

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‘This was the worst case scenario’: No plan for COVID-positive unhoused people in Victoria

By Brishti Basu
September 29, 2021

Bylaw officers seized tents and supplies for sick people, while authorities wring hands over lack of options

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Leaked documents show 225 COVID-19 cases among Victoria’s unsheltered population

By Brishti Basu
September 23, 2021

The cases span 22 temporary housing facilities and include at least 20 people with no fixed address. Island Health has not declared an outbreak

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COVID cases surge in Victoria temporary housing—but residents and staff say they have only ‘whispers and rumours’ for information

By Jolene Rudisuela
September 22, 2021

One housing worker says facilities aren’t prepared for outbreaks. The province, meanwhile, has released no information