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By Contributor on Thursday Mar 26 2020

Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, is using extraordinary powers under a state of provincial emergency to keep British Columbians safe, maintain essential goods and services, and support the Province’s ongoing response to novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

“B.C. is in a strong position to effectively respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Farnworth. “Informed by the direction of the provincial health officer, we’re taking these critical steps to keep our communities safe, goods moving and essential service workers supported.”

By Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Mar 26 2020

A local woman is telling her COVID-19 story in an attempt to underscore that a) the virus is, in fact, in our community and b) young, healthy people are not immune.

Kit LaTigre is in her 30s, and now is in self-quarantine at her home. Her COVID-19 diagnosis is a ‘presumptive positive’ – her recent travels, combined with the fact that she’s exhibiting all the symptoms, are enough for authorities to consider her positive without putting other patients and LaTigre herself at greater risk by making her come in for testing.

By Contributor on Wednesday Mar 25 2020

To reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of British Columbians, the 2020 BC Summer Games that were scheduled for July 23-26 in Maple Ridge have been cancelled.

“Keeping British Columbians safe and healthy is our top priority. Through conversations with leadership at the BC Games Society, it became clear that there was no viable path forward to host the Games this year and that they must now be cancelled,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture.

By Contributor on Wednesday Mar 25 2020

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:

“We are announcing 42 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 659 cases in British Columbia.

“One additional residential care home now has a confirmed case – a health-care worker at the Broadway Pentecostal Lodge in the Vancouver Coastal health region. Public health officials are providing support to implement outbreak protocols.

By Bruce Fuhr on Wednesday Mar 25 2020

The last pandemic came in 1918 when the Spanish flu spread throughout the globe, affecting approximately one-third of the world’s population.

The best advice healthcare professionals gave at the time was the same as the coronavirus — COVID-19, practice social distancing, wash your hands and stay home if you feel sick.

However, those simple instructions cannot stop the spread and destruction caused by COVID-19 once the coronavirus has affected the population.

By Contributor on Wednesday Mar 25 2020

With businesses closing their doors in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the need for business supports is urgent. As a non-profit community economic development organization, Community Futures Central Kootenay is committed to helping businesses and communities through this crisis. Staff have been monitoring government announcements, curating business resources, hosting business round tables, expanding the business loans program, and providing free business advice to business owners.

By Castlegar Source on Wednesday Mar 25 2020

The RCMP Veterans’ Association is warning members of COVID-19 related scams/frauds, and offering trusted resources to access, in a press release issued Wednesday.

The letter reads as follows:

Fraudsters are trying to profit from consumers’ fears, uncertainties, and misinformation. These scammers are exploiting the crisis to facilitate fraud and cybercrime.

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) has updated its list of known COVID-19 related scams.

By Contributor on Wednesday Mar 25 2020

This is an urgent message regarding COVID-19 from the Kootenay Boundary Division of Family Practice, a not for profit organization representing all the Family Doctors and Nurse Practitioners in Kootenay Boundary.

The physicians and nurse practitioners of Kootenay Boundary Communities are on the frontlines in the battle against COVID-19. This crisis is unlike anything we have experienced in our lifetime. We are working flat out to be there for our patients and their families.

Doctors cannot do this alone.

By Contributor on Tuesday Mar 24 2020

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau and Premier Horgan:

By Contributor on Tuesday Mar 24 2020

The COVID-19 situation in British Columbia is continually evolving and the information below is current as of 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2020.


  • Total confirmed cases in B.C.: 617
  • New cases since March 22, 2020: 145 (March 23 - 67; March 24 - 78)
  • Hospitalized cases: 59
  • Intensive care: 23
  • Deaths: 13
  • Recovered: 173

Confirmed cases by region: