With the provincial government announcing the COVID-19 numbers spiking to 236 cases over the weekend in BC, Interior Health announced that three staff members at the Okanagan Correctional Centre (OCC) in the Oliver area have tested positive for COVID-19.
Interior Health said the individuals are in isolation at home and being supported by Interior Health as we perform contact tracing to identify anyone who may have been exposed to COVID-19.
“There is no evidence of community transmission, and we are closely monitoring the situation,” the IH media release said.
Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Réka Gustafson, B.C.'s deputy provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia:
"Today, we are providing case updates for three 24-hour reporting periods. In the first reporting period from Aug. 14 to 15, we had 100 new cases; Aug. 15 to 16, we had 88 new cases, and in the last 24 hours, we have had a further 48 new cases.
The BC RCMP Southeast District Major Crime Unit has assumed carriage of a homicide investigation into the death of an Enderby man.
On Aug. 11, shortly before 5 p.m., North Okanagan Rural RCMP was notified by hospital officials of a man in critical condition, after being transported to hospital for medical care earlier that morning from a property along George Street in Enderby.
A trip to the Marble Canyon in Kootenay National Park ended in tragedy for an Alberta couple, on Sunday, after a woman fell into the water and sadly couldn’t be saved by onlookers.
On Aug.16, shortly after 6 p.m. (MT) Columbia Valley RCMP received a report of a fatal water incident, and a water rescue underway at Marble Canyon in Kootenay National Park. Police have been told that a woman was being photographed when she suddenly lost her footing, slipped and was swept away by the current of the river. An associate of the woman attempted to rescue her, he was also swept away.
Interior Health has issued a Drug Alert for Nelson, Salmo, Castlegar and Trail after after drug checking services tested several samples of "down" found to be contaminated with highly toxic levels of fentanyl and benzodiazepines.
The drug description is “purple, blue, pink pebbly substance sold as down” the Interior Health release said.
Anyone with drugs that want them tested can do so at ANKORS, located at 101 Baker Street in Nelson.
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Regional District of Central Kootenay Regional Fire Chief Nora Hannon said investigators continue to probe a fire that caused extensive damage to a pair of buildings and a neighbour’s shed Thursday afternoon at the PRT Nursery in Harrop.
“The cause of the fire remains under investigation,” Hannon told The Nelson Daily Friday.
“We’re still investigating to determine the damage to the two structures lost at PRT and the outbuilding at the neighbouring property,” Hannon added.
Trail City Council recently met with the Sergeant from the Trail RCMP to discuss concerns associated with public safety throughout the community, including Trail’s downtown core and neighbourhoods. At the meeting a number of options were discussed to determine if enforcement could be enhanced for the remainder of the summer. Trail Council in consultation with the RCMP have decided to activate semiweekly downtown and public spaces foot patrols until the end of September 2020.
Interior Heath issued a DRUG ALERT Thursday for the Grand Forks area after two samples believed to be DOWN tested positive for the presence of BENZODIAZAPINES
- Yellow down containing benzo’s, fentanyl, caffeine, erythritol
- Purple down containing benzo’s, fentanyl, caffeine, erythritol
Everyone using drugs are reminded of the overdose prevention tips and community resources as noted below.
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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 78 new cases, for a total of 4,274 cases in British Columbia.
“There are 578 active cases of COVID-19 in the province and 3,500 people who tested positive have recovered.
Regional District of Central Kootenay fire crews from North Shore, Beasley Fire Rescue and Crescent Valley worked feverously to bring a fire at the PRT Harrop Nursery under control.
Crews responded to a report of a fire at the PRT Harrop nursery shortly before 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon.
Initial reports had the fire starting in a building beside the nursery. Black smoke could be seen from across the West Arm of Kootenay Lake and from neighbouring Balfour and Kokanee Park Provincial Campground.