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By Interior Health Authority on Saturday Aug 01 2020

Statement by Interior Health regarding the ongoing COVID-19 situation within the health authority:

July long weekend was a reminder that COVID-19 is still in our communities and can spread quickly if we are not respecting public health guidance, especially around gatherings.

The increases in Kelowna started with a relatively small number of positive cases. The spread from these gatherings shows just how important it is to keep to Dr. Bonnie Henry’s recommendation of fewer faces, bigger spaces.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Thursday Jul 30 2020

In a media release Thursday, Interior Health is reporting that there are four (4) additional COVID-19 cases since last report Wednesday, now for a 360 total in region since the start of the pandemic.

Interior Health said previously, the Kelowna cluster investigation counts were based on cases linked to businesses or gatherings in Kelowna, primarily downtown.

Currently IH is seeing more broad community transmission so it is expanding reporting to focus on any cases that are linked to Kelowna during their exposure or infectious period .

By Nelson Daily Staff on Thursday Jul 30 2020

The Heat Warning forecasted by Environment Canada for much of BC was expected to cool by Friday.

However, it appears most of the province, including the Boundary, West Kootenay, Slocan/Arrow Lakes and Kootenay Lake will see hot conditions through most of the  BC Holiday weekend.

A strong ridge of high pressure remains over the southern interior of British Columbia leading to hot conditions,” the Environment Canada website said.

“On Saturday, temperatures will begin to moderate over parts of the southern interior as the ridge of high pressure shifts east.”

By Nelson Daily Staff on Thursday Jul 30 2020

No more going-through-the-Canada/U.S.-border-and-zigzagging-through-the-Great-White-North for Americans after Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is announced Thursday that as of July 31, 2020, at 12:01 am PDT stricter rules and additional entry conditions will be imposed on travellers transiting through Canada to Alaska for a non-discretionary purpose.

By Trail Champion on Wednesday Jul 29 2020

Front line RCMP officers seized large quantities of suspected illicit drugs during the recovery of a motor vehicle taken without the owner’s consent Tuesday morning in Trail, according to RCMP Sgt. Mike Wicentowich.

"On July 28, 2020 at 10:49 a.m., the Trail and Greater District RCMP received a report that a Ford F-350 pickup truck had been taken without the owner’s consent," he said. "The registered owner had reportedly entered into a local business, leaving their vehicle with a passenger inside. When the owner returned the passenger and the vehicle were gone."

By Nelson Daily Staff on Tuesday Jul 28 2020

COVID-19 notification for Liquid Zoo, Kelowna

Interior Health said in a media release Tuesday that further testing of individuals has identified an additional location in Kelowna where individuals may have been exposed to COVID-19.

Interior Health said individuals who visited Liquid Zoo, 74 Lawrence Ave. in Kelowna, from July 15-18 are asked to self-monitor closely for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days and to get tested if they begin to exhibit symptoms.

By Trail Champion on Tuesday Jul 28 2020

On July 25 at 9:12 p.m., the Trail and Greater District RCMP responded to a physical altercation between a 22-year-old man and a 29-year-old man at a residence on Rossland Avenue in Trail, according to RCMP detachment commander Sgt. Mike Wicentowich,

The men had been separated and were calm when RCMP arrived on scene.

"Investigators determined that a dispute had erupted when the 22-year-old man sat in the other man’s spot inside the residence, it then escalated when the 29-year-old man sat on top of the other man in protest," he said.

By Boundary Sentinel on Monday Jul 27 2020

BC RCMP officers in Grand Forks arrested a Washington State man, who led police on a two and a half hour float chase, down the Kettle River Friday.

"This was an exceptional response from many involved including the Grand Forks and Midway officers who tracked the male for 2.5 hours, the Grand Forks Fire Department, BC Emergency Health Services and local search and rescue personnel," said Sergeant Darryl Peppler. 

By Contributor on Monday Jul 27 2020

Creston RCMP and the BC Coroners Service are now investigating after the remains of a missing Lethbridge Alberta man were located in the Moyie River late Monday morning.

Lewis White was last seen on July 23, 2020 in Lethbridge Alberta. He was travelling to a destination in BC, however he never arrived as scheduled. His motor vehicle was located on July 26 near the small community of Yahk, situated in southeastern British Columbia.

By Interior Health Authority on Monday Jul 27 2020

Please see statement below regarding Interior Health’s 2020/21 Seasonal Influenza Campaign:

Interior Health (IH) needs to clarify that influenza immunizations will continue to be available through IH and our community partners this fall.  We apologize for any concerns and confusion a recent letter to our community vaccine providers has created.

We agree that it is even more important for people to get immunized this year given the current COVID-19 pandemic.

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