This page contains information on public COVID-19 exposures and current outbreaks. It is updated when the Island Health region experiences an outbreak or exposure.
Exposure notices for schools are posted on our Exposures in Schools page.
Workplace closures are listed on our Workplace Closures page.
Data shows that our public health practices are working. Recently identified individuals with COVID-19 are required to self-isolate; therefore, the risk to the community remains low. Please continue with preventative measures, such as frequent hand washing, keeping two metres from people outside your household, wearing a mask when in situations where physical distancing is not possible, and staying home when sick.
The BC Centre for Disease Control is the source of truth for province-wide information, including current COVID-19 case counts for Island Health and all other BC health authorities. Learn more about the BC COVID-19 SPEAK survey.
Island Health’s COVID-19 data dashboard breaks down North, Central and South Island case counts and lists the number of days since any new lab-diagnosed cases. It also includes exposure history and other important information.
Please note: Island Health case counts may appear higher or lower than those reported by BCCDC, as they may include cases with rapid tests that are not included in BCCDC lab data or include/exclude cases from other jurisdictions, which will be resolved during case follow-up.
It is updated each weekday after 4 p.m.
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3035 Ross Rd
Nanaimo, BC V9T 5S8
Island Health will provide updates on the locations and times of known possible exposures to COVID-19 to the public in our region when we have been unable to reach or identify all individuals potentially exposed via contact tracing. A close contact exposure means face-to-face contact for an extended period of time with a person who is infectious.
If you have been in one of these locations at times of possible exposure, it does not mean you will develop COVID-19. The possible exposures listed on this site are believed to be low risk but, out of an abundance of caution, we ask that anyone who may have visited any of the locations listed on the specified dates and times to monitor themselves for symptoms.
Locations will be removed from the current public exposures list 14 days after the last exposure date, and then archived below.
There is no known risk to anyone who attended any listed locations outside of the specified dates and times. If people remain healthy and do not develop symptoms, there is no need to self-isolate and people can continue with their usual daily activities.
If you develop any symptoms of COVID-19, please seek testing and self-isolate – for more information, please see the Frequently Asked Questions on our Information for the General Public page.
If you have been identified as a COVID-19 case or close contact, Island Health’s public health team will contact you directly and provide further instruction.
If you have visited a location that has made an exposure public, and it is not listed here, it is likely because we have completed our contact tracing and have determined that no increased risk to others exists.
- February 2021
Eden Gardens, 1917 Northfield Rd, Nanaimo February 14, 15
Glacier View Lodge, 2450 Back Rd, Courtenay, Feb 28
- January 2021
Bard and Banker, 1022 Government St, Victoria
January 23, 2021
Chartwell Malaspina Care Residence, 100 Eleventh Street, Nanaimo
Dec 27 and 28, 2020
Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, 1200 Dufferin Crescent, Nanaimo
January 23, 2021
West Coast General Hospital (WCGH), 3949 Port Alberni Hwy, Port Alberni
Dec 1, 2020
- Tsawaayuuss Rainbow Gardens, 6151 Russell Pl, Port Alberni
Nov 16, 2020
Irish Times Pub - 1200 Government Street, Victoria
November 13, 2020; Between 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Nanaimo Regional General Hospital - Transitional Care Unit
November 11, 2020
Browns Socialhouse - 1661 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay
November 3, 2020 Between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.
November 5, 2020 Between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Tofino Brewing Co. - 691 Industrial Way, Tofino BC
October 27, 2020
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Mary’s Bleue Moon Cafe - 9535 Canora Road, Sidney, B.C.
August 21: Between 4 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.
August 22: Between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. OR between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m.
10 Acres Cafe & Market at the Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa (NOT The Pier restaurant) - 9805 Seaport Place, Sidney, B.C.
August 20: Between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
August 21: Between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Il Falcone Restaurant - 536 6th Street Courtenay, B.C.
August 16, 2020 between 3:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Sticky Wicket Bar & Restaurant
Between March 5 and 15
The Fix Healthcare
On March 14 and 16
University of Victoria
March 12 - Psych 300B A01, beginning at 11 a.m.; Psych 351B A01, beginning at 1 p.m. Biol 367 A01, beginning at 2:30 p.m.
Saanich Commonwealth Place swimming pool
March 12 between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Saanich Commonwealth Place kick boxing class
March 15 between 8:15 a.m. and 9:15 a.m.
For notifications of public exposures related to flights, work sites, cruises, long-distance bus and train travel, and public events, please visit the BC Centre for Disease Control Public Exposures page.