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Interior Health updates COVID-19 numbers

Interior Health said there are 130 cases linked to Kelowna since June 26 under this new classification.

In a media release Thursday, Interior Health is reporting that there are four (4) additional COVID-19 cases since last report Wednesday, now for a 360 total in region since the start of the pandemic.

Interior Health said previously, the Kelowna cluster investigation counts were based on cases linked to businesses or gatherings in Kelowna, primarily downtown.

Currently IH is seeing more broad community transmission so it is expanding reporting to focus on any cases that are linked to Kelowna during their exposure or infectious period .

Drug Alert for Nelson Area — ANKORS

There have been recent reports of overdose associated with the use of this substance in the Nelson area.

ANKORS (AIDS Network Kootenay Outreach and Support Society) in Nelson has issued at Drug Alert for the Heritage City.

The Drug Alert, issued Wednesday, July 28, 2020, comes after extremely toxic drugs have led to overdoses in the community.

“Extremely toxic concentrations of fentanyl in light yellow pebble — overdoses reported,” the ANKORS press release said.

"There have been recent reports of overdose associated with the use of this substance in the Nelson area."

For Your Safety:

Hot temperatures expected to roll through weekend — Environment Canada

Most British Columbians will be taking to the water to cool off this holiday weekend as temperatures continue to soar during this heat wave.

The Heat Warning forecasted by Environment Canada for much of BC was expected to cool by Friday.

However, it appears most of the province, including the Boundary, West Kootenay, Slocan/Arrow Lakes and Kootenay Lake will see hot conditions through most of the  BC Holiday weekend.

A strong ridge of high pressure remains over the southern interior of British Columbia leading to hot conditions,” the Environment Canada website said.

“On Saturday, temperatures will begin to moderate over parts of the southern interior as the ridge of high pressure shifts east.”

Tighter rules for Alaska-bound travellers transiting through Canada to Alaska

The border crossing at Nelway will not be accepting Americans transiting through Canada to Alaska for a non-discretionary purpose.

No more going-through-the-Canada/U.S.-border-and-zigzagging-through-the-Great-White-North for Americans after Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is announced Thursday that as of July 31, 2020, at 12:01 am PDT stricter rules and additional entry conditions will be imposed on travellers transiting through Canada to Alaska for a non-discretionary purpose.

Nelson Police Board responds to West Kootenay People for Racial Justice

Nelson Police Board said as a Board, we acknowledge that systemic racism is wide-spread in our society, including the justice system.

In response to the July 21, 2020 presentation by West Kootenay People for Racial Justice, the Nelson Police Board issued the following statement:

As a Board, we collectively believe in the inherent dignity of every person and are committed to our mission in providing independent civilian oversight, governance and strategic leadership to the NPD in order to reflect the needs, values, and diversity of our communities.

COVID-19 notification for Liquid Zoo in Kelowna, 23 new cases in BC

IH said people who visited Liquid Zoo, 74 Lawrence Ave. in Kelowna, from July 15-18 are asked to self-monitor closely for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days and to get tested if they begin to exhibit symptoms.

COVID-19 notification for Liquid Zoo, Kelowna

Interior Health said in a media release Tuesday that further testing of individuals has identified an additional location in Kelowna where individuals may have been exposed to COVID-19.

Interior Health said individuals who visited Liquid Zoo, 74 Lawrence Ave. in Kelowna, from July 15-18 are asked to self-monitor closely for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days and to get tested if they begin to exhibit symptoms.

Decorative globe, sun's rays blamed for Fairview deck fire

Nelson Fire & Rescue said the fire was contained to the exterior of the house in Fairview. — Nelson Fire & Rescue photo

Nelson Fire & Rescue said a decorative globe concentrating the sun’s rays onto the wooden railing was the cause of a small fire in Fairview Sunday afternoon.

In a media release, Nelson Fire & Rescue responded to the fire at 3:25 p.m. after it was reported that flames and smoke coming from a Fairview house. 

“The fire originated on the deck, burning parts of the wooden railing, as well as some extension to the wooden siding and trim,” Nelson Fire & Rescue said in the release.

Grand Forks RCMP outlast border jumper, make arrest after two-plus hour water chase

A Washington State man decided to try to use the Kettle River to make his escape after illegally entering Canada Friday, July 24. — RCMP photo

BC RCMP officers in Grand Forks arrested a Washington State man, who led police on a two and a half hour float chase, down the Kettle River Friday.

"This was an exceptional response from many involved including the Grand Forks and Midway officers who tracked the male for 2.5 hours, the Grand Forks Fire Department, BC Emergency Health Services and local search and rescue personnel," said Sergeant Darryl Peppler. 

UPDATED:Remains of missing Alberta man located near Yahk

RCMP said at this time here is no evidence to suggest that criminality was involved in Mr. White’s sudden death.

Creston RCMP and the BC Coroners Service are now investigating after the remains of a missing Lethbridge Alberta man were located in the Moyie River late Monday morning.

Lewis White was last seen on July 23, 2020 in Lethbridge Alberta. He was travelling to a destination in BC, however he never arrived as scheduled. His motor vehicle was located on July 26 near the small community of Yahk, situated in southeastern British Columbia.