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New provincial measures aimed at slowing spread of COVID-19

The new provincewide orders focus on three areas: social gatherings, workplaces and group physical activities.

B.C.'s provincial health officer issued a host of new orders as the province looks to bring the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) following days of record new cases.

In a media release Thursday, Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, announced sweeping new measures to control COVID-19, including mandatory masks in indoor public and retail spaces and restricting social gathering to household members only for everyone in the province.

Interior Health reporting Salmo COVID-19 community cluster

Interior Health said the majority of these 23 new COVID-19 cases are linked to several social events that occurred in Salmo.

Interior Health said in a media release Thursday, the investigation into community cluster of COVID-19 cases in the broader Salmo areareveals in the past 14 days, there have been 23 cases identified in the region extending south from Nelson.

Interior Health said the majority of these cases are linked to several social events that occurred in Salmo.

However, at this time Interior Health said there is no evidence of widespread transmission in any communities and an outbreak has not been declared.

Selkirk College Honours Excellence in Instruction

The Selkirk College Faculty Association Standing Committee on Professional Excellence (SCOPE) Awards recognized outstanding contributions to post-secondary education in the region at the annual event that honoured (L-R)Tim Thurston, Jane Green and Leesa Dean. — Submitted photo

Selkirk College awarded excellence in instruction by Leesa Dean, Jane Green and Tim Thurston at a recent celebration held outside at the Mir Centre for Peace arbour on the Castlegar Campus.

The Selkirk College Faculty Association’s Standing Committee on Professional Excellence (SCOPE) Awards annually recognizes outstanding instructors who inspire students and each other through work in the classroom, on campus and in the community. Nominations are accepted each spring.

UPDATED: Tree falling against power pole cause of major disruption to hydro, internet

North Shore Fire Department quickly extinguished the fire, but the damage causes outage to Nelson Hydro power and Shaw internet customers for most of Tuesday. — Submitted photo

Nelson Hydro released the cause of the fire to a power pole at approximately one mile north of the Big Orange Bridge in November that knocked out the internet to parts of the West Kootenay and power to the North Shore.

A Nelson Hydro spokesperson said the fire started after a tree fell against the pole before contacting the primary phase.

Nelson Hydro said the tree then broke off the glass and landed on the cross arm.  

“Being as wet as it was this started to track down the pole and started a pole fire,” Nelson Hydro said.

Op/Ed: Masks and COVID-19: one of the important layers to protect yourself, your community

Provincial Health Officer for the province of BC, Dr. Bonnie Henry said wearing a mask will never eliminate all risks, but it is a significant part of the layers of protection that can help protect us.

British Columbians have been nimble in adapting their individual actions to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our communities over the last ten months, and it has had a big impact.

Our actions have helped keep our hospitals, schools and workplaces open - and protect the ones we love.

Interior Health continues COVID-19 cluster in Village of Salmo

Interior Health said at this time, there is no evidence of widespread transmission in the community and an outbreak has not been declared.

As the province continues to set records with new COVID-19 cases, and Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry pleads with the public to work together for a slowdown, closer to home Interior Health continues to investigate the cluster of cases in the Village of Salmo.

In a media release Friday, Interior Health said the initial investigation reveals the cases appear to a result of recent gatherings within the village.

Kootenay Lake Angler Incentive Program October winner announced

Dena Steenson requested gift certificates for Jones Boys Marina, one of the program sponsors.

Dena Steenson was the lucky winner of the $1,000 gift certificates during the October draw of the Kootenay Lake Angler Incentive Program the BC Wildlife Federation said in a media release.

Steenson and her partner, who keep their boat at Fishhawk Marina in Crawford Bay – where 110 entries were received this month, consider themselves “die-hard” fishers, fishing twot to four times a week, estimating about 70 days on the water so far this year.

UPDATED: Another Snowfall Warning for Boundary, West Kootenay

Kootenay Pass is expected to receive total accumulations of 15 to 20 cm are expected before the system moves east Sunday evening. — DriveBC photo

Environment Canada has issued another Snowfall Warning for Boundary, West Kootenay Sunday, including Highway 3 Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass with total amounts of 15 to 20 cm is expected.

“A strong frontal system moving in from the Pacific will bring snow to parts of interior British Columbia (Sunday),” the Environment Canada website said.

“Snow will become heavier for Highway 3 - Hope to Princeton via Allison Pass and Highway 3 - Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass this morning.

Interior Health investigates cluster of COVID-19 cases in Salmo

Interior Health said the investigation in the Village of Salmo is ongoing with active cases self-isolating and public health following up with any close contacts.

Interior Health said Tuesday staff is investigating a cluster of COVID-19 cases in the greater Salmo area after it was confirmed by the village that nine (9) cases have been confirmed.

“The investigation is ongoing, so we are unable to provide a specific number at this time,” Interior Health said in an emailed statement.

“Identified active cases are self-isolating and public health is following up with any close contacts to ensure they are receiving appropriate guidance and follow-up.”

Face coverings now mandatory in City of Nelson buildings, facilities

Mayor John Dooley, wearing a face mask, said it has become clear we need to take additional steps to ensure the safety of the public and our staff as they do business in our buildings. — Submitted photo

The City of Nelson has decided to adopt a “face-covering or mask” policy inside city-owned buildings and facilities.

In a media release Tuesday, the City of Nelson said the decision to move to the next level of response in our COVID-19 Safety Plan was due to the increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases in the immediate region.