The recent increase in new COVID-19 cases in the Nelson area is impacting local businesses in the Heritage City, forcing a handful to close for a reset due to staff testing positive or dealing with workers affected through contact-tracing of the virus.
“We have not been ordered to close (our store), rather we are closing (that department) out of an abundance of caution and to reduce the likelihood of additional exposures and allow contract tracing to follow their protocols,” said a Facebook posting.
Interior Health and the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) confirmed a case of rabies in a Kootenay Lake region skunk.
In a media release Saturday, Interior Health said it is very unusual for a land-dwelling animal to contract rabies in B.C. and therefore, enhanced rabies surveillance is occurring in the region.
Interior Health said from July 1, 2021 forward, anyone bitten or scratched by a skunk in the region should visit a primary care provider and any domestic animals or pets bitten or scratched by a skunk should be seen by a veterinarian.
Nelson Police issued a warning to the public Thursday about an increase fraudulent precious metals in the area.
Nelson Police said in a media release that with the increase in gold prices, officers have identified several incidents in which fraudulent gold bullions have been sold in the West Kootenay area.
“The Nelson Police Department would like to make the public aware of caution in dealing with, but not limited to, PAMP Swiss gold bullions and Perth Gold bullions,” the media release said.
Nelson Police have started an investigation after human remains were found near the boat launch at Lakeside Park early this morning.
Nelson Police said officers responded to a report of a man down at Lakeside Park early Thursday morning.
Nelson Police and BC Ambulance Services as well as the BC Coroner Services responded and confirmed the male was deceased upon arrival.
The male has been identified as a local Nelson male in his 50’s. The family of the deceased has been notified.
The file remains under investigation.
The Heritage City saw a sharp spike in new COVID-19 cases during the last week of July the BC Center of Disease Control Graphic Distribution by Local Health Area of Case Residence map released Wednesday showed.
The graphic showed Nelson more than doubled its COVID-19 cases from 13 between July 18-24 to 38 from July 25-31.
The increase in cases forced a few businesses to close during last weekend as some staff members were forced into self-isolation due to positive COVID-19 tests.
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.