British Columbia’s ground search and rescue (GSAR) groups have just wrapped up the busiest year in B.C. GSAR history.
As COVID-19 restrictions pushed people to explore outdoors, it also drew GSAR groups out to a record number of requests to assist the public.
In a letter to Big White Mountain posted on the company website, Interior Health said it is advising anyone who attended a congregate event at Big White Ski Resort on March 29 that they have put themselves at risk of contracting COVID-19 and should monitor themselves closely for symptoms of COVID-19.
Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, and Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the COVID-19 response in British Columbia:
"Today, we are reporting 1,013 new cases, including six epi-linked cases, for a total of 100,048 cases in British Columbia.
"There are 7,405 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, with 11,468 people under public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases. A further 91,066 people who tested positive have recovered.
Kootenay Lake School District Superintendent Christine Perkins said Wednesday masks are now “required” to be worn for all students Grades 4-12 attending school.
In an email statement to Kootenay Lake District Parents Advisory, Perkins also said the wearing of masks is “highly recommended” for students in Kindergarten to Grade 3.
Interior Health has amalgamated pre-existing mental health, substance use, and primary care services under one roof.
Over the past year, Interior Health has been working with stakeholders, clients and neighbours, to co-ordinate merging the Outreach Urban Health primary care clinic with the pre-existing mental health and substance use services in Kelowna.
“Bringing mental health and substance use supports under one roof is more important than ever before,” says Sheila Malcolmson, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions.
In a media statement Monday, organizers of the Shambhala Music Festival said the 2021 event has been postponed until 2022.
The decision comes more than a week after B.C. Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced that large events are “unlikely” to proceed this summer, in addition to a number of other obstacles the festival has faced such as border closures and the ongoing public health order.
“We are beyond devastated to postpone for a second time,” said Shambhala Music Festival Founder, Jimmy Bundschuh in a prepared statement.
Interior Health administered its first dose of COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 22, 2020, and in three months 101,156 doses have been delivered throughout the Interior.
“I am so proud of our teams who have simultaneously kept their focus on contact tracing and supporting people in self-isolation to slow the spread of COVID-19 while rolling out this COVID-19 immunization campaign,” said Interior Health president and CEO Susan Brown.
A second incident of police impersonation in the region has prompted RCMP to warn residents to keep an eye out for the suspect vehicle, according to Trail RCMP commanding officer Sgt. Mike Wicentowich
In the early morning hours of March 26, Trail RCMP received a report from a motorist who saw a white pick up truck traveling west on Highway 3B activate red and blue lights in the front grill of the truck. The motorist was travelling east towards Trail, BC and was passed by the truck going the opposite direction and noted it did not look like a typical police vehicle.
For second time in as many years, the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic has forced organizers to cancel the Grand Forks International Baseball Tournament.
Tournament organizers said recent decisions by the Province and Health Authorities have indicated that it will not be possible to hold large gatherings and events throughout summer 2021 in BC.
Like most events held throughout the province, the pandemic cancelled the GFI tournament in 2020.
RCMP said in a media release that motorists in the Boundary region are urged to be vigilant, after Midway RCMP responded to a report of a suspicious occurrence that took place Sunday evening on a back country provincial highway.
RCMP said on Sunday, March 21, 2021, shortly after 8:30 p.m., Midway RCMP received a third party report after a suspicious occurrence in which a yet to be identified suspect allegedly conducted a traffic stop with a motorist travelling between Rock Creek and Kelowna along Highway 33.