News and Statements

The page contains news and statements for COVID-19. Find information about outbreaks or public exposures or exposures in schools

The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) maintains data on current COVID-19 case counts. You may also wish to view the COVID-19 data dashboard for Island Health region.

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram for COVID-19 news and statements, stories from the front-lines and health tips: #Covid19IslandHealth. 

Island Health News

Find the latest Island Health News at

News Archive


June 24: COVID-19 antibody testing underway on Comorant Island

June 16: Island Health teams took swift action to offer COVID-19 testing across Vancouver Island

June 3: Supporting safe health-care at hospitals and clinics during COVID-19


May 20: MyHealth provides virutal access to health records, including COVID-19 test results

May 15: Island Health to lift gym closure order 

May 12: Island Health begins implementing surgical renewal plan

May 8: Overdose prevention during the dual public health emergency


April 30: Island Health is working to protect people who are experiencing homelessness or substance use dependency from COVID-19

April 30: It is safe to immunize your child during the pandemic

April 30: Capable, willing and nimble: HPES responds to COVID-19

April 28: Have symptoms? Get tested for COVID-19

April 9: If you need emergency care, Island Health is here for you

April 1: The Harbour supervised consumption service goes mobile in response to COVID-19 needs


March 30: Island Health Temporarily suspends pay parking

March 24: Possible COVID-19 exposure at pub, personal services establishments in downtown Victoria

March 23: Temporary changes to hours, closures at some Island Health outpatient labs

March 21: Avoid social gatherings to slow the spread of COVID-19

March 21: Only essential visits allowed at Island Health facilities  

March 19: Possible COVID-19 exposures at the University of Victoria, Saanich Commonwealth Place

March 16: Visitor restrictions in place at Island Health facilities/outpatient clinics

March 13: Island Health COVID-19 referral-only screening clinic in Victoria 

Government of British Columbia Statements

Find the latest provincial update on COVID-19 on the BC Government News website.


News & Events

COVID-19 outbreak at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital

COVID-19 outbreak at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital

Island Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH).

Read more

With COVID-19 surging, now is not the time to travel or gather indoors

Island Health is urging people to avoid the high-risk activities that have pushed COVID-19 cases to an all-time high throughout our region.

Read more

100k vaccinations

More than 100,000 first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered within Island Health

More than 100,000 residents in our region have now received a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Read more