Christmas may be over, but the Big White Fire Department is still celebrating.
The January arrival of their one-of-a-kind, 78-foot long Rosenbauer Viper Aerial ladder truck marks the end of a five-year project that started in April 2016.
Crews have now ceremonially pushed Ladder 311 into its own bay in the Big White Fire Station, marking a tradition among firefighters that pays homage to the horsedrawn steam engines that were hand maneuvered into their stations a century ago.
Interior Health is dealing with not one, but two recent COVID-19 19 outbreaks in the region.
Interior Health announced Wednesday an outbreak has been declared at Cariboo Memorial Hospital in Williams Lake and Brocklehurst Gemstone Care Centre, a long-term care home in Kamloops.
Interior Health said at Cariboo Memorial Hospital there is no evidence of patient exposure related to this outbreak, however, four staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.
Tuesday, Interior Health announced it has identified an additional 19 cases of COVID-19 linked to the Big White Mountain community cluster.
The total number of cases identified to date is 162.
“Of the 162 known COVID-19 cases linked to this cluster, 107 reside on Big White Mountain,” Interior Health said in an emailed statement.
“There are currently 29 cases active and on isolation and 133 individuals have recovered.
Tuesday, BC Public Health reported 446 new COVID-19 cases in the province, including 67 in Interior Health.
Interior Health has identified increased COVID-19 activity throughout the 100 Mile House region and has declared a COVID-19 outbreak due to rapid spread in the community of Canim Lake.
Located approximately 40 km from100 Mile House, Interior Health has identified 32 cases of COVID-19 who reside in the region and are linked to Canim Lake.
Sicamous RCMP and the BC Coroners Service continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the unexpected death of a woman early on New Year’s Day.
The victim, who was previously reported to be 65 years of age, has been positively identified as a 64-year-old woman. She was found at approximately 2:30 a.m., suffering from significant injuries, on a private roadway within the Cedars RV and Resort on Luoma Road in Sicamous, BC.
RCMP in Merritt BC is now investigating after a man allegedly discharged a firearm during an apparent neighbour dispute Saturday evening in Kane Valley south of the Nicola Valley city.
On Jan. 9, just before 8 p.m., Merritt RCMP responded to a 9-1-1 emergency call after a Sun Valley resident allegedly fired a non-restricted firearm towards a neighbouring residence during a dispute. The Southeast District Emergency Response Team was immediately deployed to Merritt to assist, while front line officers responded to the scene to assess the situation.
Friday, during a media update, Interior Health has identified an additional seven cases of COVID-19 linked to the Big White Mountain community cluster.
The total number of cases identified to date is 143.
Of the 143 known COVID-19 cases linked to this cluster, 91 reside on Big White Mountain. There are currently 22 cases active and on isolation and 121 individuals have recovered.
Earlier today Bruno Tassone tendered his resignation from his role as Mayor of the City of Castlegar.
Council and staff are processing this news and are committed to ensuring the services residents expect from the City are not disrupted and restoring the City’s full Council complement.
On the day the government announced an increase in COVID-19 new cases in BC — 761 — and Interior Health — 96 — Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry added that a host of social restrictions put into place last year to slow the spread of COVID-19 in B.C. have been extended once again.
Those restrictions, which prohibits gatherings between people who don't live in the same household, with minor exceptions for those who live alone, will now be in place until at least February 5, 2021.
While the entire province of BC is reporting 761 new cases of Covid-19 overnight, with eight new deaths, IHA says this region alone saw 98 new cases., as per the following press release:
"IH is reporting 96 new cases overnight for a total of 4,406.
o Note: a change was announced today to daily reporting, see below**
· 822 cases are active and on isolation.
· Thirty-three people are in hospital; eight of them in ICU.