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Interior Health reports COVID-19 outbreak at West Kelowna Agricultural Business

Interior Health said the business is currently closed to customers.

In a media release Tuesday, Interior Health said it is investigating an outbreak of COVID-19 illness involving a group of temporary foreign workers residing in housing at a West Kelowna agricultural business.

"On March 27, an IH Medical Health Officer placed an order on Bylands Nurseries Ltd. A group of temporary foreign workers residing in on site housing are to remain in quarantine on the property until the Medical Health Officer provides alternate direction," the IH release said.

"This followed confirmation of COVID-19 cases among this group."

RCMP Emergency Response Team deployed to Grand Forks to deal with emotionally distraught woman

Police said the 43-year-old Grand Forks woman was transported to hospital for a full medical assessment.

RCMP said Monday the Southeast District Emergency Response Team was deployed to Grand Forks Saturday evening to assist with the apprehension of an emotionally distraught woman.

RCMP said Saturday, March 28, 2020 at approximately 7:45 p.m. Grand Forks RCMP received a request to respond to a residence in the 2100-block of 68th Avenue to check on the well-being of a local resident.

Police said at the scene frontline officers encountered an emotionally distraught adult woman, who they believed to be armed with a firearm.

Saddle Lake Dam freshet-ready as RDKB tracks 2020 snowpack

The new Saddle Lake Dam Spillway allows reliably management of water levels year-round at Saddle Lake and lower reservoir levels as snow melts from mid-elevation slopes in the Boundary. — RDKB photo

In a media release Friday, the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary said the new Saddle Lake Dam Spillway in Area D / Rural Grand Forks is ready for the 2020 freshet.

The RDKB said the project allows reliably management of water levels year-round at Saddle Lake and lower reservoir levels as snow melts from mid-elevation slopes in the Boundary.

Snowfall warning for Boundary/West Kootenay higher elevations

As much as 20 to 30 cm of snow expected for Kootenay Pass.

Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning Saturday for higher elevation highways in the Boundary/West Kootenay regions.

Environment Canada said an unseasonably cool spring storm will bring a long period of snowfall over the highway passes this weekend with 20 to 30 cm of snow expected for Rogers Pass and Kootenay Pass.

“The Coquihalla Hope to Merritt segment may see 30 to 40 cm,” Environment Canada said.

COVID-19 notification for Save-On-Foods Pharmacy, Columbia Shopping Centre, Kamloops

Interior Health is asking those who visited this pharmacy on March 10, 13, 14, or from March 16 to 21 to self-isolate and monitor for symptoms for 14 days from the time of their visit.

In a media release, the Interior Health (IH) said it has identified a case of COVID-19 at the Save-On-Foods pharmacy in the Columbia Place Shopping Centre in Sahali.

BC Teachers, BCPSEA reach tentative agreement

The tentative agreement covers just over 45,000 teachers represented by the BCTF who deliver education to students in the province's 60 school districts.

In a media release on the BC Government website, it was announced that a tentative agreement under the B.C. government's Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate has been reached between the members of the BC Teachers' Federation (BCTF) and the BC Public School Employers' Association (BCPSEA).

The release said the mandate focuses on improving services for people and ensuring fair and affordable compensation.

Interior Health region now at 62 cases, 186 patients with COVID-19 have recovered

The Province continues to take steps to protect and support British Columbians during this pandemic.

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 66 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 725 cases in British Columbia.

2020 BC Summer Games cancelled due to COVID-19

Maple Ridge has stepped up to host BC Summer Games in 2024.

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.

Nelson Tech Community joins fight against COVID-19

The local tech community has come together to make 1000 face shields for frontline healthcare workers at local hospitals.

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.

Kootenay Boundary Doctors Urge EVERYONE to #STAY-HOME

Kootenay Boundary Doctors said what the public does now will impact the health of everyone in our communities in the weeks and months ahead.

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.