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By Bob Hall on Tuesday Mar 17 2020

A career in the health care sector was pretty much a guarantee for Shelby Jorgensen. When she was a toddler, the 21-year-old Selkirk College alumna was diagnosed with type-one diabetes and since then has had an intimate connection to the vital importance of the health care system.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Tuesday Mar 17 2020

Students from K-12 in province will receive extended time away from the classroom after Premier John Horgan announced Tuesday that BC elementary and secondary schools in the province will be closed indefinitely due to COVID-19.

Most students had been away from school since Friday due to Spring Break Holiday. The government said any schools not on spring break have been told to suspend classes indefinitely.

Minister of Education Rob Fleming said the COVID-19 pandemic is evolving quickly and is having an impact on BC, which forced the government to act to protect students.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Monday Mar 16 2020

Add the popular tourist attraction north of Nelson on Kootenay Lake to the businesses suspending operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort, located approximately 50 kilometers north of the Heritage City, has decided to close the resort until the end of April.

“After careful consideration of growing concerns regarding the Covid-19 Pandemic, management and ownership of Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort announce the closure of the resort until at least until the end of April,” the media release said.

By Dick Cannings MP on Monday Mar 16 2020

I am writing this from my small Ottawa apartment.  It’s Sunday and the spring sun is shining, beckoning me to walk down to the river.  But I’ll obey my doctor’s orders and stay inside—although I received the good news yesterday that my COVID-19 test results came back negative, I was told to stay in self-isolation one more day.

On March 1st I attended a large mining conference in Toronto, along with more than 25,000 other people from around the world.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Sunday Mar 15 2020

Anyone flying from Vancouver to Kelowna Tuesday, March 10 on WestJet flight 3326 should be aware that a passenger has tested positive for COVID-19 a WestJet release said Sunday.

WestJet has been advised by the Public Health Agency of Canada that a guest who flew on from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) to the Kelowna International Airport (YLW) has tested positive for COVID-19.

WestJet has standard procedures in place for dealing with illness and is working with PHAC, BC Centre for Disease Prevention, the Vancouver Airport Authority and Kelowna Airport.

By Contributor on Saturday Mar 14 2020

The Nelson Daily reached out to the Ministry of Health Saturday following the afternoon news conference in Vancouver updating the public on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) that announced that one of the nine new cases confirmed was in the Interior Health region.

The nine new cases brought the total cases in the province to 73.

Ministry staff would not confirm where the patient lives in the IH region, only that the person was in “stable condition”.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Friday Mar 13 2020

During a media briefing Friday in Vancouver, Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said there have been 11 new cases of COVID-19 detected in BC — including three administrative staff members at Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver — bringing the total in the province to 64.

Five of the new cases announced Friday are related to travel to Iran, Egypt, the Philippines and Mexico and one has been linked to the ongoing outbreak at Lynn Valley Care Centre in North Vancouver.

All of the 11 new cases are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region.

By Nelson Daily Sports on Friday Mar 13 2020

In a media release Friday, the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) announced the cancellation of the remainder of the 2019/20 postseason, as well as the 2020 Cyclone Taylor Cup in 100 Mile House.

The release said remaining teams still participating in the KIJHL playoffs — Nelson Leafs, Beaver Valley Nitehawks, Kelowna Chiefs, 100 Mile House Wranglers, Princeton Posse, Revelstoke Grizzlies, Kimberley Dynamiters and Columbia Valley Rockies — will cease all on-ice operations and end their seasons.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Thursday Mar 12 2020

You have been tested for COVID-19, and your health care provider has decided it is safe for you to go home.

Your next steps are to:

1. Stay at home and avoid contact with others (self-isolate). When you cough and sneeze, it is easy for germs like COVID-19 to spread from person to person.

2. Wait for a health care provider to call you with your test results.

By Contributor on Thursday Mar 12 2020

The BC River Forecast Centre has released the latest Snow Survey and Water Supply Bulletinshowing higher than normal levels for both the Boundary and West Kootenay snowpacks. The Boundary snowpack is at 134 per cent of normal, which is a six per cent increase since the last bulletin issued on February 1, 2020.