Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia:
"Today, we are announcing 85 new cases, including two new epidemiologically linked cases, for a total of 4,196 cases in British Columbia.
"There are 531 active cases of COVID-19 in the province and 3,469 people who tested positive have recovered.
SALMON ARM – Interior Health, the Ministry of the Environment and the First Nations Health Authority are working with the City of Salmon Arm, the Columbia Shuswap Regional District, and Fraser Basin Council to monitor a large, algal bloom that has filled most of the Salmon Arm of Shuswap Lake.
This algal bloom was first detected on July 22, 2020. At this time, on-site environmental testing indicates this bloom is primarily non-harmful green algae with very low numbers of cyanobacteria or blue-green algae and the risk to the public remains low.
Scott Weatherford’s crash course in rural post-secondary began when he was appointed to the Selkirk College Board of Governors in 2017. Ivy League educated, the chief executive officer of Fruitvale’s ATCO Wood Products jumped at the chance to help strengthen the region through governance work at the board table.
After two years as the vice-chair, Weatherford has now shifted to the role of Chair and will help lead Selkirk College through the challenges of moving forward in these pandemic-riddled times. He’s enthusiastically up to the task.
The BC Wildfire Service is responding to a suspected human-caused wildfire, Stirton Road (N11005), near the community of Kimberley. The fire is approximately two hectares in size and is being actively actioned by initial attack and unit crews, with aerial support from air tankers, and ground support from the Kimberley fire department.
In a media release Saturday, RCMP said the Underwater Recovery Team located the body of the 35-year-old man who went missing after swimming in the Slocan River earlier this week.
RCMP said the man’s body was recovered in the same area he was last observed.
Criminality is not suspected in the drowning of the man and the drowning is being investigated by BC Coroners Service,” said Cpl. Jaime Moffat of the Slocan RCMP in the media release.
Trail RCMP are reporting a busy August long weekend, and reminding the public that there are rules around the use of fireworks
Police are urging anyone with information about a series of arson fires to come forward.
Over the August long weekend, the Trail and Greater District RCMP and Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue responded to a series of what they believe to be deliberately set fires in the area of Marsh Creek Road in Fruitvale, BC.
Crews responded to fires in that general area on July 31 at 5:07 p.m., on Aug. 1, at 4:45 p.m., and on Aug. 2, at 6:26 p.m.
The Trail RCMP detachment commander is warning the public that it is unnacceptable to sell your family members online, for real or in jest.
"On Aug. 1, 2020, the Trail and Greater District RCMP received a call a local resident, with concerns after one of her family members was reportedly trying to sell her online through a social media platform for $50,000," said RCMP Sgt. Mike Wicentowich, Trail's top cop.
"Investigators spoke to the 21-year-old woman’s family member, who claimed it was only a joke and immediately removed the social media post.
In a media release Thursday, BC Transit, in alignment with TransLink and other transportation agencies, are proceeding with mandatory use of face coverings on buses in BC Transit communities across the Province as of August 24, 2020.
Accommodations will be permitted for children under the age of 5 and those that cannot wear a face covering for health reasons.
The Slocan Lake RCMP is asking anyone who may have witnessed a drowning in the Slocan River on the evening Aug. 5 to contact them.
On August 5, 2020 at approximately 5:40 pm, Slocan Lake RCMP responded to a complaint of a person drowning in the Slocan River, roughly 1.5 km North West of Winlaw, BC.
A 35-year old man was swimming with an acquaintance when he went under and did not resurface.