Environment Canada has issued a Winter Storm alert New Year’s Day for Highway 3, including the Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass.
Environment Canada said drivers can expect to see hazardous winter conditions over the next couple of days as a series of disturbances will move across the BC Interior bringing significant snowfall to many mountain passes.
“Snow has developed over the Kootenay Pass early (Friday) morning with total snowfall accumulations of up to 50 cm possible through midday Sunday,” Environment Canada website said.
Interior Health announced Tuesday that there are 10 deaths and 239 new COVID-19 cases to report following the Christmas Holiday break.
In a media release, Interior Health president and CEO Susan Brown said she is deeply saddened to report the deaths of 10 more people in the region.
“Our sincere condolences go to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives to COVID-19 and, as well, to the caregivers who looked after them,” said Brown, adding the holiday count brings the total to 28 in Interior Health.
Born during the Spanish flu, Molly Pacey has lived to experience a second pandemic this year. Molly turns 102 years old on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. She takes this sort of trial in stride, though, possibly due to her stormy entry to this world.
FortisBC is reminding customers to to pay attention to energy use to reduce seasonal spikes with colder temperatures forcasted as the calendar flips 2021.
FortisBC said in a media release with most of the population spending more time in their homes as a result of COVID-19 safety measures, customers need to watch energy use with La Nina temperature cycle is forecasted this winter and coldest part of the year typically occurring in January.
Interior Health administers first COVID-19 vaccines in Kelowna and Kamloops
Interior Health is celebrating a milestone in the fight against COVID-19, the first vaccinations have occurred in Kelowna and Kamloops.
As part of the provincial COVID-19 immunization program, Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has been received and is being administered to long-term care staff and physicians.
“You have no idea what this means to me,” said Charmane Lazzarotto, first vaccine recipient in Kelowna.
Interior Health said Tuesday in a media release that there has been an additional 20 cases of COVID-19 linked to the Big White Mountain community cluster.
Interior Health said the total number of cases identified to date is 96.
New cases are related to COVID-19 transmission that occurred within group housing, social events and gatherings.
“These new cases were expected, many of these new cases were on isolation already as they had shared their household with confirmed cases,” said Dr. Silvina Mema, medical health officer.
Interior Health witnessed the largest spike in COVID-19 deaths over the weekend since the pandemic began in the spring.
In a media release Monday, Interior Health president and CEO Susan Brown said Monday is “our most tragic report since the beginning of this devastating pandemic.”
“Seven more people have lost their lives to COVID-19 throughout Interior Health,” Brown said Monday.
“Some passed peacefully in long-term care while others were in hospital, and in each case, I share sincere condolences to their loved ones and caregivers.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on young Canadians who are trying to find work. Employers also face challenges when recruiting and hiring workers while adapting to the realities of the pandemic.
Environment Canada is advising the public to consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve due to a Winter Storm Warning for the Southern Interior of BC.
"A deepening Pacific low will make its way across Washington state during the day then will cross the southeast corner of B.C. tonight," Environment Canada said.
"Abundant moisture associated with the system combined with cold air to the north of its trajectory will produce heavy snowfall across the southern interior of British Columbia."
In a media release Friday, Interior Health identified an additional 16 cases of COVID-19 linked to the Big White Mountain community cluster.
The total number of cases identified to date is 76.
Interior Health said the investigation continues to reveal most cases are related to COVID-19 transmission that occurred within group housing, social events and gatherings.
Interior Health said of the 76 known COVID-19 cases linked to this cluster, 44 reside on Big White Mountain. Nineteen individuals have recovered, and no one linked to this cluster is hospitalized.