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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.

Air Canada suspends all flights in/out of West Kootenay Regional Airport

Air Canada has temporarily suspended all flights in and out of the West Kootenay Regional Airport until at least March 31, 2020.

Last week, Air Canada said travelers heading to and from Vancouver will temporarily be routed through Calgary between April 1-30, 2020 and the daily schedule for flights to and from Calgary would remain the same.

As a result of COVID-19, Air Canada is facing uncertainty and has had to make further adjustments to its schedule which resulted in the cancellations of all flights in and out of Castlegar until at least March 31, 2020.

Avalanche Canada Shutting Down Forecasting for the Season

Plewman and Old Glory from summit of Elgood; photo by Sara Golling

Avalanche Canada will issue its final forecast for the season on March 28, which is about a month earlier than normal. The final three-day forecast will remain in effect until March 30.

Avalanche Canada’s forecasts rely primarily on data from a network of avalanche professionals across western Canada. The early closure of backcountry operations due to the Covid-19 pandemic has cut off much of that data stream, so the warning service is no longer receiving enough information to issue accurate forecasts.

Rec Site cabins closed

Enjoy the trees, avoid the cabins -- for now. Photo by Sara Golling

The District Recreation Officer for Trails and Recreation Sites BC  has ordered that all day use shelters, overnight-use cabins, and other facilities that would make it difficult for users to observe the two-metre social distancing measures, be closed until further notice.

That means that everyone out exercising in the Rossland Range Recreation Site must stay out of the cabins during the COVID-19 emergency. 

UPDATED: KERPA Makes Urgent Call to the Community for N95 Masks

KERPA supports a volunteer emergency physicians to attend the most critical 911 calls in Nelson and surrounding area as seen in this accident near Taghum.

Morrison Insulation in Castlegar donated six cases of 95 masks, making a total of 1,000 masks donated to support Emergency Services so far. However, the need continues, and donations will be most welcome.

Previous coverage:

Dr. Nicholas Sparrow of Kootenay Emergency Response Physician Association is making an urgent call to the community for the donation of N95 surgical masks, as emergency responders face unprecedented demands on skills and equipment in the face of the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Castlegar home invasion leads to local man being held in custody

On March 20, at approximately 2 a.m., a Castlegar resident was awakened from his sleep after hearing noises inside his residence. The home owner got out of bed to investigate and encountered an unknown male suspect inside his house. The home owner verbally confronted the suspect who immediately fled from the home.

BC Transit implements changes to enhance social distancing for drivers, passengers during COVID-19 pandemic

Customers will not be required to pay fares in all BC Transit communities for 30 days for all systems including conventional, community, and handyDART.

BC Transit, the Province of BC, our local government partners including West Kootenay Transit — which includes Nelson and Trail Transit as well as Arrow & Slocan Lakes Community Service — are continuing to work to ensure we have service on the road for customers that need to get to work, including health care facilities, and going out for groceries or other needs.

In a media release, BC Transit said it is implementing rear door boarding, where available, across the province to enhance social distancing for drivers and passengers.

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.