The B.C. government has formally extended the provincial state of emergency, allowing Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, to continue to use extraordinary powers under the Emergency Program Act to support the Province's COVID-19 pandemic response.
Interior Health (IH) is opening a new COVID-19 testing and assessment centre in downtown Kelowna today, providing more access for testing to people who may have been exposed to positive cases in the community.
Interior Health said in a media release Tuesday that the temporary COVID-19 Testing and Assessment Centre is located at Interior Health’s Community Health and Services Centre (CHSC), 505 Doyle Avenue, and open for testing during evening hours, 4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., seven days per week.
RCMP and local search and rescue crews completed another day searching the Kootenay River after a man was swept away Thursday afternoon, while attempting to rescue his dog.
On July 30, shortly before 3:30 p.m., Columbia Valley RCMP received information that a man had been suddenly swept down river after he entered the water in an effort to rescue his dog. The man was recreating with his family near the Canal Flats area when the tragic incident unfolded.
Statement by Interior Health regarding the ongoing COVID-19 situation within the health authority:
July long weekend was a reminder that COVID-19 is still in our communities and can spread quickly if we are not respecting public health guidance, especially around gatherings.
The increases in Kelowna started with a relatively small number of positive cases. The spread from these gatherings shows just how important it is to keep to Dr. Bonnie Henry’s recommendation of fewer faces, bigger spaces.
In a media release Thursday, Interior Health is reporting that there are four (4) additional COVID-19 cases since last report Wednesday, now for a 360 total in region since the start of the pandemic.
Interior Health said previously, the Kelowna cluster investigation counts were based on cases linked to businesses or gatherings in Kelowna, primarily downtown.
Currently IH is seeing more broad community transmission so it is expanding reporting to focus on any cases that are linked to Kelowna during their exposure or infectious period .
The Heat Warning forecasted by Environment Canada for much of BC was expected to cool by Friday.
However, it appears most of the province, including the Boundary, West Kootenay, Slocan/Arrow Lakes and Kootenay Lake will see hot conditions through most of the BC Holiday weekend.
A strong ridge of high pressure remains over the southern interior of British Columbia leading to hot conditions,” the Environment Canada website said.
“On Saturday, temperatures will begin to moderate over parts of the southern interior as the ridge of high pressure shifts east.”
No more going-through-the-Canada/U.S.-border-and-zigzagging-through-the-Great-White-North for Americans after Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is announced Thursday that as of July 31, 2020, at 12:01 am PDT stricter rules and additional entry conditions will be imposed on travellers transiting through Canada to Alaska for a non-discretionary purpose.
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 41 new cases for a total of 3,562 cases in British Columbia. This includes a data correction from yesterday.
"There are 259 active cases of COVID-19 in the province and 3,109 people who tested positive have recovered.
Front line RCMP officers seized large quantities of suspected illicit drugs during the recovery of a motor vehicle taken without the owner’s consent Tuesday morning in Trail, according to RCMP Sgt. Mike Wicentowich.
"On July 28, 2020 at 10:49 a.m., the Trail and Greater District RCMP received a report that a Ford F-350 pickup truck had been taken without the owner’s consent," he said. "The registered owner had reportedly entered into a local business, leaving their vehicle with a passenger inside. When the owner returned the passenger and the vehicle were gone."
July 29, 2020
Everyone deserves access to healthy food. That’s the starting point for Farms to Friends, a new program this summer bringing local organic produce to low income families and seniors in the West Kootenays.
Food security is one of the pillars of West Kootenay EcoSociety’s work, and the idea and funding for Farms to Friends came together quickly for a project that everyone involved is calling a win-win.