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Coroner’s inquest into death of Peter DeGroot postponed

DeGroot, 45, was shot by police during an exchange of gunfire following a four-day manhunt in the Slocan Valley in October of 2014.

The BC Coroners Service has postponed the inquest into the death of Peter John De Groot, in response to the provincial public health measures currently in place to help contain the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The inquest was scheduled to begin on May 19, 2020, at the Rossland Courthouse.

The BC Coroners Service will reschedule the inquest once all COVID-19 public health measures are no longer required.

BC government suspends K-12 schools indefinitely

Student at South Nelson Elementary in Nelson will not be returning after the BC government decided to suspend schools indefinitely. — The Nelson Daily photo

Students from K-12 in province will receive extended time away from the classroom after Premier John Horgan announced Tuesday that BC elementary and secondary schools in the province will be closed indefinitely due to COVID-19.

Most students had been away from school since Friday due to Spring Break Holiday. The government said any schools not on spring break have been told to suspend classes indefinitely.

Minister of Education Rob Fleming said the COVID-19 pandemic is evolving quickly and is having an impact on BC, which forced the government to act to protect students.

RED closed; closure includes ski touring, snow machines

UPDATED map provided by Red Mountain Resort

UPDATED:  RED Mountain Resort and Whitwater are both closed for the season.

RED is closed for lift skiing -- and also for ski touring and all forms of motorized access.  The area closed to skin-assisted wanderers, snow machines and other motorized vehciles, is shown in the attached map.  RED explains:

"As a reminder, the area is closed to motorized vehicles and ski touring. Avalanche control terminates at season end and staff and equipment continue to work in the Controlled Recreation Area.

Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort decides to close due to COVID-19

Pools will be closed to the public on Tuesday, March 17 and the hotel and restaurant will be closed to all guests effective Sunday, March 22.

Add the popular tourist attraction north of Nelson on Kootenay Lake to the businesses suspending operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort, located approximately 50 kilometers north of the Heritage City, has decided to close the resort until the end of April.

“After careful consideration of growing concerns regarding the Covid-19 Pandemic, management and ownership of Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort announce the closure of the resort until at least until the end of April,” the media release said.

UPDATED: Both Red Mountain, Whitewater Ski Resorts Closing for the Season

The decision to cease operations at Whitewater Ski Resort was made Sunday due to the novel coronavirus COVID-19. Red Mountain also decided to close effective March 17th for the remainder of the season.

Monday, Red Mountain Resort in Rossland said it will "suspend all operations effective March 17th for the remainder of the season."

The statement read:

"After thorough consideration of the dynamic nature of Coronavirus Covid-19 and recommendations by Federal and Provincial Health Authorities, RED Mountain Resort has decided it will suspend all operations effective March 17th for the remainder of the season. 

WestJet passenger from Vancouver to Kelowna tests positive for COVID-19

WestJet said guests in the affected rows of WS3326 (rows 10-16) are considered close contacts and may be at risk of exposure of COVID-19 and individuals should self-isolate for 14 days after arrival in Canada and monitor for symptoms.

Anyone flying from Vancouver to Kelowna Tuesday, March 10 on WestJet flight 3326 should be aware that a passenger has tested positive for COVID-19 a WestJet release said Sunday.

WestJet has been advised by the Public Health Agency of Canada that a guest who flew on from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) to the Kelowna International Airport (YLW) has tested positive for COVID-19.

WestJet has standard procedures in place for dealing with illness and is working with PHAC, BC Centre for Disease Prevention, the Vancouver Airport Authority and Kelowna Airport.

UPDATED: IH patient testing positive for COVID-19 in 'stable condition'

Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer confirmed more new COVID-19 cases in BC during a media conference Saturday afternoon in Vancouver.

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”.

Interior Health offers precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Anyone who thinks they may need to be tested for COVID-19, should call 811 or contact their local clinic or family doctor where they will be assessed by a series of questions.

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.

UPDATED: KIJHL CANCELS remainder of 2019/20 season

The decision was made after the KIJHL was advised by Hockey Canada and BC Hockey this (Friday) morning that the 2019/20 hockey season will not resume at a later date.

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.