The northern part of Interior Health is turning into a hotspot after a COVID-19 community cluster was declared Wednesday in the Cariboo-Chilcotin region.
The Cariboo/Chilcotin, along with Revelstoke and 100 Mile House, are three regions in Interior Health to record — 16, 24, and 140 total cases, respectively — in the most recent COVID-19 infection data released by BC Centre of Disease Control.
Released Thursday, the latest data from the BCDCD shows infections reported during the week of January 10-16 in each of the province’s local health areas.
The Big White Mountain community cluster continues to be a concern for Interior Health after 28 additional cases of COVID-19 were linked to the outbreak, cluster bringing the total to 203 since the cluster was declared.
In the media update Tuesday, Interior Health said of 28 new cases, 22 reside and/or work at Big White.
Interior Health said of the 203 known COVID-19 cases linked to this cluster, 126 have resided and/or worked on Big White Mountain.
Interior Health said there are currently 43 cases active and on isolation and 160 individuals have recovered.
I often hear comments that a friend or family member should not be driving. This person is usually either an older driver or a person suffering from health issues known to the person making the comment. These people also express the wish that someone would do something about it.
Front line RCMP officers mobilized early Friday morning to respond to a report of shots fired into a Salmo area home.
"On Jan. 15, just before 3:50 a.m., Salmo RCMP received a report of a dynamic situation unfolding at a property located in the 1800-block of Airport Road in Salmo," said RCMP Cpl. Jesse O'Donaghey. "Initial reports from the scene indicated that an adult woman suspect had attended the property and allegedly discharged a firearm at the home.""
Christmas may be over, but the Big White Fire Department is still celebrating.
The January arrival of their one-of-a-kind, 78-foot long Rosenbauer Viper Aerial ladder truck marks the end of a five-year project that started in April 2016.
Crews have now ceremonially pushed Ladder 311 into its own bay in the Big White Fire Station, marking a tradition among firefighters that pays homage to the horsedrawn steam engines that were hand maneuvered into their stations a century ago.
Interior Health is dealing with not one, but two recent COVID-19 19 outbreaks in the region.
Interior Health announced Wednesday an outbreak has been declared at Cariboo Memorial Hospital in Williams Lake and Brocklehurst Gemstone Care Centre, a long-term care home in Kamloops.
Interior Health said at Cariboo Memorial Hospital there is no evidence of patient exposure related to this outbreak, however, four staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.
Tuesday, Interior Health announced it has identified an additional 19 cases of COVID-19 linked to the Big White Mountain community cluster.
The total number of cases identified to date is 162.
“Of the 162 known COVID-19 cases linked to this cluster, 107 reside on Big White Mountain,” Interior Health said in an emailed statement.
“There are currently 29 cases active and on isolation and 133 individuals have recovered.
Tuesday, BC Public Health reported 446 new COVID-19 cases in the province, including 67 in Interior Health.
Interior Health has identified increased COVID-19 activity throughout the 100 Mile House region and has declared a COVID-19 outbreak due to rapid spread in the community of Canim Lake.
Located approximately 40 km from100 Mile House, Interior Health has identified 32 cases of COVID-19 who reside in the region and are linked to Canim Lake.
Sicamous RCMP and the BC Coroners Service continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the unexpected death of a woman early on New Year’s Day.
The victim, who was previously reported to be 65 years of age, has been positively identified as a 64-year-old woman. She was found at approximately 2:30 a.m., suffering from significant injuries, on a private roadway within the Cedars RV and Resort on Luoma Road in Sicamous, BC.
RCMP in Merritt BC is now investigating after a man allegedly discharged a firearm during an apparent neighbour dispute Saturday evening in Kane Valley south of the Nicola Valley city.
On Jan. 9, just before 8 p.m., Merritt RCMP responded to a 9-1-1 emergency call after a Sun Valley resident allegedly fired a non-restricted firearm towards a neighbouring residence during a dispute. The Southeast District Emergency Response Team was immediately deployed to Merritt to assist, while front line officers responded to the scene to assess the situation.