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Interior Health declares outbreak at Sunnybank Retirement Home in Oliver

Interior Health has declared an outbreak at Sunnybank Retirement Home long-term care in Oliver.

Four staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. All individuals in close contact with these individuals are in self-isolation and monitoring for symptoms.

Sunnybank Retirement Home is operated by Interior Health and has 51 publicly funded long-term care beds. Interior Health will continue to monitor the situation, while implementing additional infection control and preventive measures.

Interior Health identifies increased COVID-19 activity in Revelstoke region, additional cases linked to Big White Mountain

Interior Health is reminding all Revelstoke area residents to maintain their efforts to prevent community transmission.

Interior Health said Tuesday that there has been increased COVID-19 activity in the Revelstoke region as well as identifying an additional 25 cases of COVID-19 linked to the Big White Mountain community cluster.

In Revelstoke, Interior Health is reminding all residents to maintain their efforts to prevent community transmission.

“There is no specific source for the new cases,” the Interior Health media release said.

Kimberley Resident Retiring After $1 Million Lotto 6/49 Win

Retired police officer Jeremy Irons of Kimberley is ready to ride off into the retirement sunset after winning the $1 million Lotto 6/49 Guaranteed Prize for the draw on December 26, 2020.

While Jeremy Irons has loved his career in public service, the Kimberley resident is ready to ride off into the retirement sunset after winning the $1 million Lotto 6/49 Guaranteed Prize for the draw on December 26, 2020.

Irons, who was a police officer until 2003 when he moved to Kimberley with his wife and became an animal protection officer, says he’s still having a hard time believing his win is real.

BC Hockey cancels 2021 Cyclone Taylor Cup, KIJHL still looking at restart to season

BC Hockey said health and safety of all participants and communities as the reason for cancelling the Cyclone Taylor Cup and Coy Cup tournaments.

In a prepared statement Tuesday, the BC Hockey has announced the cancellation of the 2021 Cyclone Taylor Cup and 2021 Coy Cup.

The Cyclone Taylor Cup is BC Hockey’s Junior B Championship which features league winners from the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL), the Pacific Junior Hockey League (PJHL), the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL) along with a host team.

KIJHL teams include the Nelson Leafs, Grand Forks Border Bruins and Castlegar Rebels of the Murdoch Division.

Interior Health adds Creekside Landing in Vernon to list of COVID-19 outbreaks in region

Interior Health declared the outbreak after two residents and two staff tested positive for COVID-19.

Interior Health said in a media release Sunday that an outbreak has been declared at Creekside Landing in Vernon, with two residents and two staff testing positive for COVID-19.

Interior Health said all individuals in close contact with the individuals are in self-isolation and monitoring for symptoms.

“The family of the residents who tested positive for COVID-19 have been contacted directly,” Interior Health said.

Interior Health continues to take steps to protect the health of all staff, individuals in care and families at long-term care homes.

New Year's Day Winter Storm Alert for Highway 3, Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass

Environment Canada said snow has developed over the Kootenay Pass early (Friday) morning with total snowfall accumulations of up to 50 cm possible through midday Sunday.

Environment Canada has issued a Winter Storm alert New Year’s Day for Highway 3, including the Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass.

Environment Canada said drivers can expect to see hazardous winter conditions over the next couple of days as a series of disturbances will move across the BC Interior bringing significant snowfall to many mountain passes.

“Snow has developed over the Kootenay Pass early (Friday) morning with total snowfall accumulations of up to 50 cm possible through midday Sunday,” Environment Canada website said.

Interior Health COVID-19 Update: 10 deaths, 239 new cases since Dec. 24

Interior Health president and CEO Susan Brown said she is deeply saddened to report the deaths of 10 more people in the region.

Interior Health announced Tuesday that there are 10 deaths and 239 new COVID-19 cases to report following the Christmas Holiday break.

In a media release, Interior Health president and CEO Susan Brown said she is deeply saddened to report the deaths of 10 more people in the region.

“Our sincere condolences go to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives to COVID-19 and, as well, to the caregivers who looked after them,” said Brown, adding the holiday count brings the total to 28 in Interior Health.

FortisBC warns customers of spikes in energy use with colder than average winter predicted

With a colder than average winter expected, FortisBC said monitoring use and taking steps to avoid heat loss are key to managing energy costs. — Submitted photo

FortisBC is reminding customers to to pay attention to energy use to reduce seasonal spikes with colder temperatures forcasted as the calendar flips 2021.  

FortisBC said in a media release with most of the population spending more time in their homes as a result of COVID-19 safety measures, customers need to watch energy use with La Nina temperature cycle is forecasted this winter and coldest part of the year typically occurring in January.

First COVID-19 U.K. variant case identified in B.C.

B.C.'s provincial health office said the individual, who resides in the Island Health region, returned to B.C. from the U.K. on flight AC855 on Dec. 15, 2020, developed symptoms while in quarantine and was immediately tested.

Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer (PHO), and Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, have issued the following joint statement announcing the first confirmed case of a person in British Columbia infected with the COVID-19 variant first identified in the United Kingdom:

"B.C. has identified the first case of a person in B.C. infected with the COVID-19 U.K. variant. The individual, who resides in the Island Health region, returned to B.C. from the U.K. on flight AC855 on Dec. 15, 2020, developed symptoms while in quarantine and was immediately tested.

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