Possible COVID-19 exposure at 4 downtown Victoria businesses

Possible COVID-19 exposure at 4 downtown Victoria businesses
(The Associated Press). Photo courtesy of CBC.
This microscope image, made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19.

Island Health has listed four locations in downtown Victoria where the public may have been exposed to COVID-19.

According to Island Health, the possible exposures happened between March 5 and 15 at the Sticky Wicket Bar and Restaurant at 919 Douglas St., Foxy Box at 907 Gordon St. on March 16, BF Beautee at 561 Johnson St. on March 11 and The Fix Healthcare at 805 Johnson Street on March 14 and 16.

People who were at those locations on the dates mentioned need to monitor themselves closely for COVID-19 symptoms including:

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Difficulty breathing

Anyone experiencing these symptoms needs to self-isolate for 10 days following symptom onset.

Island Health said the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool website and Support App will also help determine if you need further assessment or testing, available at https://bc.thrive.health/. 

As of March 24, there are 44 cases of COVID-19 in the Island Health region. Dr. Bonnie Henry, the provincial health officer, said there is community transmission on Vancouver Island.

Island Health’s Medical Health Officers say people must practice social and physical distancing at all times.

Social and physical distancing means limiting close contact from others by staying two metres away from others outside our homes, using virtual options to connect with others, limiting shopping to only essential outings, avoiding large gatherings, and staying home if you are sick.

Island Health said that local transmission is occurring across the Island Health region, and advising people to assume there are cases in every community.

Last week, Dr. Bonnie Henry ordered all personal service establishments to close until further notice and ordered all restaurants to move to take-out or delivery model or close.

Also last week, Island Health said there was possible exposure of COVID-19 at the University of Victoria and Saanich Commonwealth Place.

Some businesses did choose to close their doors earlier due to the COVID-19 pandemic.



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