The Nelson Daily reached out to the Ministry of Health Saturday following the afternoon news conference in Vancouver updating the public on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) that announced that one of the nine new cases confirmed was in the Interior Health region.
The nine new cases brought the total cases in the province to 73.
Ministry staff would not confirm where the patient lives in the IH region, only that the person was in “stable condition”.
During a media briefing Friday in Vancouver, Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said there have been 11 new cases of COVID-19 detected in BC — including three administrative staff members at Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver — bringing the total in the province to 64.
Five of the new cases announced Friday are related to travel to Iran, Egypt, the Philippines and Mexico and one has been linked to the ongoing outbreak at Lynn Valley Care Centre in North Vancouver.
All of the 11 new cases are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region.
In a media release Friday, the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) announced the cancellation of the remainder of the 2019/20 postseason, as well as the 2020 Cyclone Taylor Cup in 100 Mile House.
The release said remaining teams still participating in the KIJHL playoffs — Nelson Leafs, Beaver Valley Nitehawks, Kelowna Chiefs, 100 Mile House Wranglers, Princeton Posse, Revelstoke Grizzlies, Kimberley Dynamiters and Columbia Valley Rockies — will cease all on-ice operations and end their seasons.
In response to recommended best practices for public gatherings by BC Public Health Officials to help slow the spread of COVID-19, groups and agencies throughout the West Kootenay have decided to postpone public engagements for the foreseeable future.
The Columbia Basin Trust was the first to cancel public engagements earlier in the week when the organization decided to postpone two events scheduled for this past week in Salmo and Trail.
You have been tested for COVID-19, and your health care provider has decided it is safe for you to go home.
Your next steps are to:
1. Stay at home and avoid contact with others (self-isolate). When you cough and sneeze, it is easy for germs like COVID-19 to spread from person to person.
2. Wait for a health care provider to call you with your test results.
Construction is underway on nine new affordable rental homes for families and seniors in Trail through a partnership between the Government of B.C., the Columbia Basin Trust and the Lower Columbia Affordable Housing Society.
"These new homes will give more people in Trail a safe and affordable place to call home,” said Katrine Conroy, MLA for Kootenay West, on behalf of Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “Our government will continue to work in partnership to deliver more affordable homes for families and seniors throughout the Kootenay region.”
The BC River Forecast Centre has released the latest Snow Survey and Water Supply Bulletin, showing higher than normal levels for both the Boundary and West Kootenay snowpacks. The Boundary snowpack is at 134 per cent of normal, which is a six per cent increase since the last bulletin issued on February 1, 2020.
BC Hydro would like to notify the public that the Arrow Lakes Reservoir flow change schedule for this weekend has been revised to accommodate the ongoing guidewall repairs at the Hugh L. Keenleyside Dam. The revised schedule is as follows:
Hours after the National Hockey League announced it has put a pause on the season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League followed with news the Junior B League has indefinitely suspended the 2019/20 playoffs due to ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19.
News of the decision was announced on the KIJHL website Thursday afternoon.
“The KIJHL continues to communicate with B.C. Hockey, who is taking direction from health authorities,” the announcement on the KIJHL website said.
New Democrat MLAs Katrine Conroy and Michelle Mungall are welcoming nearly $2 million in provincial grants to assist communities in the Southeast Fire Centre in preparing for wildfires.
“This is a great opportunity for rural communities to develop solutions that work for them,” said Conroy, MLA for Kootenay West. “These grants will help people in the Kootenays take a proactive approach to preparing for wildfires.”