The BC Ministry of Health released the updated COVID-19 numbers following the BC Day Longweekend.
As of Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, 81.4% (3,773,442) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 67.3% (3,121,311) received their second dose.
In addition, 82.3% (3,560,982) of all eligible adults in B.C. have received their first dose and 69.7% (3,013,074) received their second dose.
During the weekend, according to BC Wildfire Service battling the Nk'Mip Creek Wildfire:
- Fire growth was observed on the northeastern flank, however, cooler, more humid weather has helped firefighting efforts.
- The fire is now estimated to have burned more than 16,005 hectares.
- There are 186 firefighters, six helicopters and 24 pieces of heavy machinery that have been deployed to fight the wildfire.
July 28 report on the Nk’Mip Creek Wildfire
According to the BC Wildfire Service:
The BC Wildfire Service continues to respond to the Gladstone Park wildfire , which originated 34 kilometres north of Christina Lake in the Boundary fire zone.
The fire is currently estimated at 4,216 hectares in size. The existing Area Restriction Order in the vicinity of the Gladstone Park wildfire has been expanded.
The continued need to protect public and responder safety in Gladstone Provincial Park is the reason for the expansion of the Area Restriction.
In the interest of public and responder safety, an area restriction is now in effect:
Police will be consulting with Provincial Crown after officers were called to a residence in Grand Forks to deal with a man barricaded inside a residence following an attack on paramedics.
RCMP said on Saturday, July 31, 2021, at 1 p.m. officers were called to a residence on the 100 block of 81st Ave in Grand Forks.
Police were advised that a man had become violent towards two paramedics called to assist him.
Grand Forks officers arrived to find that the man had barricaded himself inside. Officers contained the area and called in additional resources to assist.
SMRT1 Technologies, a Nelson-based supplier of smart vending solutions, has signed a five-year contract to provide smart vending solutions to Vancouver-based company, UpMeals.
UpMeals uses smart vending to offer safe access to fresh and healthy meals 24/7 with a reduced ecological footprint. For example, people who work in a large office building in a big city, can buy a fresh salad from a vending machine, any time of night or day.
"Imagine having fresh and healthy food options available 24/7 at work," says the UpMeals website.
Nelson Minor Hockey star Dryden Hunt has signed a two-year contract with NHL’s New York Rangers.
New York President and General Manager Chris Drury made the announcement Friday on the team website that the Rangers signed the free agent forward.
Drury also announced that the team has agreed to terms with free agent forward Greg McKegg on a one-year contract.
Hunt, 25, who skated in 26 games with the Arizona Coyotes this past season, registered three goals and five assists for eight points, along with four penalty minutes.
As of Thursday, July 29, 2021, 81.0% (3,753,057) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 64.1% (2,971,793) have received their second dose.
In addition, 81.9% (3,543,503) of all eligible adults in B.C. have received their first dose and 66.8% (2,890,948) have received their second dose.
B.C. is reporting 204 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 149,648 cases in the province.
There are 1,055 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and 146,810 people who tested positive have recovered.
Matti Erickson is off to Nairobi, Kenya.
The Kootenay Chaos Track star was selected by Athletics Canada Monday to represent the country at the World U20 track Championships next month in Nairobi, Kenya.
The two-time BC High School Cross Country medalist and Track and Field star served up a personal best time to capture the 800 meters race at BC Provincial Track and Field Championships held this past weekend in Victoria.
Erickson also won the 1500 meters event at the provincials but will be concentrating on his specialty, the 800 meters event.
The surge in new COVID-19 cases in the Okanagan has prompted new restrictions as Interior Health (IH) looks to get a handle on the recent outbreak in the Central Okanagan.
Interior Health said in a media release Wednesday that significant increases in COVID-19 transmission has forced the announcement of measures to contain the outbreak.
The Central Okanagan, according to the Geographic Distribution of COVID-19 by Local Health Area of Case Residence map by the BC Centre of Disease Control, between July 18-24, 2021 had 153 new COVID-19 cases reported.
Quesnel, Maple Ridge and Kelowna have been announced as host cities for the 2024 BC Winter and Summer Games and the 2026 BC Summer Games.
"Congratulations to the host cities for the 2024 and 2026 BC Winter and Summer Games. This is a wonderful opportunity for these cities to showcase their 'A games' as a sports event-hosting destination and to support B.C.'s young athletes," said Melanie Mark, Minister for Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport.