The number of new COVID-19 cases in the Nelson area continues to surge according to the latest figures posted on the BC Centre of Disease Control website.
Wednesday, the BCCDC released its weekly Geographic Distribution of COVID-19 by Local Health Area of Case Residence map, shows Nelson as the hotspot for the Kootenay-Columbia region of the province.
It’s on the frontlines and ready for battle.
Vulnerable people in Nelson and area can now access the Co-ordinated Access Hub — located at 521 Vernon St., in the old Nelson CARES building — a service that draws together the full spectrum of social services in the city.
The one-stop shop provides many of the supports and services for people who may be at risk or experiencing homelessness, including employment services, housing, harm reduction and health services.
Three wildfires burning south of the United States border may be visible from communities in the Southeast Fire Centre including Grand Forks, Midway, Rock Creek and surrounding areas.
Winds in northeast Washington state where these fires are burning are pushing the fires south, away from the border. There is no threat to Canadian communities or values from these fires at present.
Heavy smoke in the Southeast Fire Centre continues to flow in from the B.C. Interior.
As of Friday, August 13, 2021, the status of these Washington wildfires is as follows:
The City of Trail, in conjunction with Leaders International Executive Search, has officially started the recruitment process for the position of Chief Administrative Officer (CAO).
RCMP confirm officers are investigating a drive-by shooting during the early hours of Saturday, August 7 in the Mountain Station area of Nelson.
RCMP said in a media release just after 2:30 a.m. Saturday, the Nelson RCMP were contacted after receiving a report of possible shots fired in the 1400 Block of Ash Street in Nelson.
“Frontline RCMP officers immediately attended with assistance from the Nelson City Police Department to the 1400 block of Ash St and found that multiple shots had been fired and a residence had been struck numerous time,” the RCMP media release said.
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.