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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.

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. 

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