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By Interior Health Authority on Tuesday Dec 01 2020

Interior Health is making it easier for people in the Kootenay Boundary regions to access and navigate home and community care and chronic disease management services.

The new service is also being made available in the Cariboo Chilcotin and Central Okanagan.

The central number was launched as a pilot project in South Okanagan on Sept. 8, 2020.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Tuesday Dec 01 2020

Interior Health said Tuesday a total of 46 cases are now associated with a COVID-19 community cluster in Revelstoke and the surrounding area.

In a media release, Interior Health said of the 46 total cases, 32 are currently active – and many of the new cases are associated with previously confirmed cases.

“As contact tracing continues, Interior Health’s priority is to ensure that anyone exposed is self-isolating and all close contacts are identified and receive follow-up from public health,” the Interior Health media release said.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Monday Nov 30 2020

BC is seeing a horrendous increase in new COVID-19 cases, not only throughout the province, but also in Interior Health as Monday the region reported 212 reports since Friday.

The spike in Interior Health comes the same day the province reported 2,354 new cases of COVID-19, including 10 epi-linked cases, for a total of 33,238 cases in BC.

The 2,354 new cases include 277 historical cases from the Fraser Health region, reconciling a data lag from earlier this month.

There have been 46 new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 441 deaths in British Columbia.

By Contributor on Monday Nov 30 2020

In a media release, BC Transit said it is updating the mandatory face covering policy to align with the mandatory mask order implemented by the Province of BC.

BC Transit said it is required that customers are wearing face covering when on board a BC Transit vehicle.

The order from the Province of BC also requires customers waiting at covered bus stops to be wearing a face covering. To ensure everyone’s safety and compliance with the new order, BC Transit is asking the public to wear a face covering for their entire transit journey.

By Contributor on Monday Nov 30 2020

Indigenous people in British Columbia are exposed to widespread racism that often results in negative experiences at the point of care, inequitable medical treatment, physical harm and even death, the independent review into Indigenous-specific discrimination in the province's health-care system has found.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Monday Nov 30 2020

As ICBC (Insurance Corporation of BC) and police begin the Christmas Holiday CounterAttack campaign, again urging drivers to plan ahead and make smart decisions to get home safely, Alexa’s Team paid tribute to the dedicated RCMP and Municipal police officers with annual awards.

Alexa’s Team is a program that recognizes police officers in BC for their outstanding efforts in reducing the number of drivers affected by alcohol or drugs on British Columbia’s roads and highways.

By Bob Hall on Friday Nov 27 2020

The journey through pandemic-riddled times requires strength of will, commitment to diligence and creative problem-solving at a level few have experienced.

At Selkirk College, the frontline workers in the Facilities Department have led the charge with tireless work that ensures an adapted and safe campus environment.

By Contributor on Thursday Nov 26 2020

In a media release Thursday, FortisBC said the company has received interim approval from the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) for its interim 2021 electricity rates.

The interim approval will result in a 4.36 per cent general rate increase for its customers, effective January 1, 2021.

FortisBC said a residential customer with average use of approximately 12,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) per year of electricity would see their monthly bills increase by about $7.30 per month.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Wednesday Nov 25 2020

It’s been said that even bad press is better than no press at all.

However, Nelson would like to be known as the picturesque city nestled in the Selkirk Mountains on the edge of beautiful Kootenay Lake tourists love to visit instead of a place where patrons spit at staff at hotel coffee shops for not wanting to wear a mask during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last Friday, media reports said an irate customer at Empire Coffee Shop in the Adventure Hotel on Vernon Street spat at staff after refusing to wear a mask.

By Province of British Columbia on Wednesday Nov 25 2020

The BC Coroners Service has published updated reports on illicit drug toxicity deaths and fentanyl-detected drug deaths to Oct. 31, 2020, with 162 illicit drug toxicity deaths reported in October.

The latest data equate to five people per day losing their lives to illicit drug overdoses.

“This is the fifth month this year with more than 160 suspected illicit drug deaths reported to the BC Coroners Service and more than double the number of people who died as a result of a toxic drug supply in October 2019,” said Lisa Lapointe, chief coroner.

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