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Interior Health declares Salmo COVID-19 community cluster contained

In a media release Friday, Interior Health said a total of 25 COVID-19 cases were connected to the cluster in the Salmo region extending south from Nelson.

More than a month since the first case was reported, Interior Health has declared the COVID-19 community cluster in the broader Salmo area contained.

Interior Health said a total of 25 COVID-19 cases were connected to the cluster in the Salmo region extending south from Nelson.

“I’d like to thank local elected officials, family physicians, public health, clinic staff, businesses and residents for working hard to limit the spread of COVID-19 once this cluster was identified,” ,” said Interior Health president and CEO, Susan Brown.

UPDATED: Missing Winlaw boy located

Slocan Lake RCMP would like to thank those that assisted with the investigation.

RCMP said in a media release Friday that a Winlaw boy reported missing on Thursday, December 3, 2020 has been located.

"RCMP is pleased to confirm that the 12-year-old boy reported missing was located last night safe and sound," the media release said.

"Slocan Lake RCMP would like to thank those that assisted with the investigation."

Public assistance requested in locating missing Winlaw boy

Slocan Lake RCMP said in a media release Thursday police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating a missing 12-year-old Winlaw boy.

Interior Health reports fourth death due to COVID-19

The individual who passed away at Mountainview Village in Kelowna, is a man in his 80s. —Screenshot photo

Interior Health reported Thursday that there has been another death due to the coronavirus COVID-19.

Interior Health said the individual, the fourth to pass away from COVID-19, is a man in his 80s.

“We are saddened to report the fourth COVID-19 related death has occurred in Interior Health since the beginning of the pandemic,” Susan Brown, president and CEO, Interior Health said in a media release Thursday.

“Today, the first long-term care home resident in Interior Health to contract COVID-19 has passed away at Mountainview Village.”

Canadian Armed Forces assist Midway RCMP to rescue officer, prisoner in distress

A pair of rescuers converse with the RCMP vehicle and Comorant SAR helicopter in the background following the rescue of a suspect Tuesday evening near Midway. — RCMP photo

RCMP said a pair of Canadian Armed Forces search and rescue aircraft were dispatched, Tuesday night, from 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron from 19 Wing Comox, to assist in the long line rescue of a front line RCMP officer and his prisoner who led the officer on a foot chase into a deep ravine.

RCMP said on December 1, 2020 shortly after 3 p.m., Midway RCMP responded to a report of a break and enter in progress to a property located in the 1600-block of Fish Lake Road.

A message from CBT's President and CEO

Johnny Strilaeff -- photo courtesy of Columbia Basin Trust

Season’s Greetings!

On behalf of the Board and staff at Columbia Basin Trust, I’d like to send gratitude and heartfelt thanks to you this holiday season. ­

This past year brought immense challenges. The COVID-19 pandemic changed our reality, and the ongoing impacts continue to influence all aspects of our lives.

New 1-800 number expanded to improve access to community care

The number to connect to community health-care services seven days is 1-800-707-8550.

Interior Health is making it easier for people in the Kootenay Boundary regions to access and navigate home and community care and chronic disease management services.

The new service is also being made available in the Cariboo Chilcotin and Central Okanagan.

The central number was launched as a pilot project in South Okanagan on Sept. 8, 2020.

Selkirk College Saints switch focus from ice to community

Selkirk College Saints players with some of the 1,500 individual food items they collected as part of the team’s annual food drive. Along with $900 in cash donations, the student-athletes will provide both the Selkirk College Student Food Bank and other regional food banks with much-needed resources for December. — Submitted photo

In the same week that the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020-2021 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, student-athletes on the Selkirk College Saints found brightness through focus on community leadership.

UPDATED: Revelstoke COVID-19 community cluster grows to 46 cases

Interior Health said of the 46 total cases, 32 are currently active – and many of the new cases are associated with previously confirmed cases.

Interior Health said Tuesday a total of 46 cases are now associated with a COVID-19 community cluster in Revelstoke and the surrounding area.

In a media release, Interior Health said of the 46 total cases, 32 are currently active – and many of the new cases are associated with previously confirmed cases.

“As contact tracing continues, Interior Health’s priority is to ensure that anyone exposed is self-isolating and all close contacts are identified and receive follow-up from public health,” the Interior Health media release said.

Weekend report goes from bad to worse — 2,354 new COVID-19 cases in BC, 212 Interior Health

Currently Interior Health has 490 cases are active and on isolation with 15 people in hospital and five in ICU.

BC is seeing a horrendous increase in new COVID-19 cases, not only throughout the province, but also in Interior Health as Monday the region reported 212 reports since Friday.

The spike in Interior Health comes the same day the province reported 2,354 new cases of COVID-19, including 10 epi-linked cases, for a total of 33,238 cases in BC.

The 2,354 new cases include 277 historical cases from the Fraser Health region, reconciling a data lag from earlier this month.

There have been 46 new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 441 deaths in British Columbia.

BC Transit moves to mandatory face covering policy

BC Transit is asking the public to wear a face covering for their entire transit journey.

In a media release, BC Transit said it is updating the mandatory face covering policy to align with the mandatory mask order implemented by the Province of BC.

BC Transit said it is required that customers are wearing face covering when on board a BC Transit vehicle.

The order from the Province of BC also requires customers waiting at covered bus stops to be wearing a face covering. To ensure everyone’s safety and compliance with the new order, BC Transit is asking the public to wear a face covering for their entire transit journey.

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