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By Nelson Daily Staff on Thursday Jan 07 2021

On the day the government announced an increase in COVID-19 new cases in BC — 761 — and Interior Health — 96 — Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry added that a host of social restrictions put into place last year to slow the spread of COVID-19 in B.C. have been extended once again.

Those restrictions, which prohibits gatherings between people who don't live in the same household, with minor exceptions for those who live alone, will now be in place until at least February 5, 2021.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Thursday Jan 07 2021

RCMP said Thursday that a man allegedly responsible for a double homicide in Creston on Wednesday evening has been found dead in Salmo.

On Jan. 6, 2021 just after 7 p.m., Creston RCMP and emergency medical first responders were called to the Highway 3 pullout near the Summit Creek Bridge for reports of a man and a woman in need of immediate medical assistance.

Police learned that both victims had been stabbed by a suspect who reportedly fled the scene in a motor vehicle associated to one of the victims.

By Interior Health Authority on Wednesday Jan 06 2021

Interior Health has declared an outbreak at Sunnybank Retirement Home long-term care in Oliver.

Four staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. All individuals in close contact with these individuals are in self-isolation and monitoring for symptoms.

Sunnybank Retirement Home is operated by Interior Health and has 51 publicly funded long-term care beds. Interior Health will continue to monitor the situation, while implementing additional infection control and preventive measures.

By Bob Hall on Wednesday Jan 06 2021

One of the nation’s foremost advocates for Indigenous children will examine how state-based discrimination undermines the success of First Nations communities across Canada in a virtual presentation that is part of the Truth & Justice Speaker Series presented by Selkirk College.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Tuesday Jan 05 2021

Interior Health said Tuesday that there has been increased COVID-19 activity in the Revelstoke region as well as identifying an additional 25 cases of COVID-19 linked to the Big White Mountain community cluster.

In Revelstoke, Interior Health is reminding all residents to maintain their efforts to prevent community transmission.

“There is no specific source for the new cases,” the Interior Health media release said.

By Contributor on Tuesday Jan 05 2021

While Jeremy Irons has loved his career in public service, the Kimberley resident is ready to ride off into the retirement sunset after winning the $1 million Lotto 6/49 Guaranteed Prize for the draw on December 26, 2020.

Irons, who was a police officer until 2003 when he moved to Kimberley with his wife and became an animal protection officer, says he’s still having a hard time believing his win is real.

By Nelson Daily Sports on Tuesday Jan 05 2021

In a prepared statement Tuesday, the BC Hockey has announced the cancellation of the 2021 Cyclone Taylor Cup and 2021 Coy Cup.

The Cyclone Taylor Cup is BC Hockey’s Junior B Championship which features league winners from the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL), the Pacific Junior Hockey League (PJHL), the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL) along with a host team.

KIJHL teams include the Nelson Leafs, Grand Forks Border Bruins and Castlegar Rebels of the Murdoch Division.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Monday Jan 04 2021

Interior Health said in a media release Sunday that an outbreak has been declared at Creekside Landing in Vernon, with two residents and two staff testing positive for COVID-19.

Interior Health said all individuals in close contact with the individuals are in self-isolation and monitoring for symptoms.

“The family of the residents who tested positive for COVID-19 have been contacted directly,” Interior Health said.

Interior Health continues to take steps to protect the health of all staff, individuals in care and families at long-term care homes.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Friday Jan 01 2021

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.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Tuesday Dec 29 2020

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.