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Dr. Bonnie Henry has provided the latest figures of COVID-19 in BC.

(Previous numbers in brackets)

*48 Hours since last report*

New Cases – 63

Total Cases – 1,266 (1,203)

Patients in Hospital – 140 (149)

Patients in ICU –72 (68)

Recovered – 783  (704)

New Deaths – 1

Totals Deaths – 39 (38)

Health region breakdown;

Vancouver Coastal –  586 (554)

Fraser – 450 (424)

Island – 79 (76)

Interior – 128 (128)

Northern – 23 (21)

Dr. Henry did not make any new public health orders.

More to come.

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CKMQ Merritt is committed to keeping the residents of the Nicola Valley up to date with the latest information surrounding the Covid-19 outbreak. Q101 will be updating events and cancellations as they become available. 

Currently postponed or cancelled  as of  7  a.m. April 6. 

  • All City of Merritt Park playgrounds remain CLOSED to the public
  • All School District 58 playgrounds are CLOSED to the public until further notice.
  • The ICS Teen Centre will remain CLOSED until further notice.
  • FIERCE Merritt LGBTQ2+will  again be CANCELLING meetings until further notice.
  • Church services for Crossroads Community Church have been CANCELLED until further notice.
  • Church services for Trinity United Church are CANCELLED until further notice
  • Church service at the Free Evangelical Church have been CANCELLED until further notice.
  • April's start-up for Merritt Youth Soccer has been POSTPONED until further notice.
  • Merritt Girl Guides in person meetings CANCELLED until further notice. 
  • All face-to-face teaching at NVIT is POSTPONED until further notice. For details visit  NVIT.ca.
  • Merritt Centennials office is CLOSED to the public. For more info phone Jared Thomas at 378-3604
  • Activities such as potlucks, luncheons and more at the Merritt Senior Centre have been CANCELLED until further notice.
  • Home Based Business Market scheduled for April 26th has been CANCELLED. 
  • Friday night bingo for Nicola Valley Food Bank held at the Elks Hall CANCELLED until further notice.
  • Wednesday afternoon bingo at the Elks Hall  has been CANCELLED until further notice. 
  • Merritt Centennials Spring Hockey Camp for this weekend has been CANCELLED
  • City Of Merritt Recreational Facilities CLOSED including Merritt Civic Centre, Nicola Valley Aquatic Centre, Nicola Valley Memorial Arena, TNRD Merritt Library, Nicola Valley Courthouse Art Gallery,Visitor Centre at Baillie House.
  • There are NO EVENTS for the remainder of the semester at the NVIT gym
  • Royal Canadian Legion is CLOSED until further notice.
  • All programming with SCHSS has been SUSPENDED until further notice. 
  • Merritt Mom's and Families is CLOSED until further notice and will not be accepting clothes at this time.
  • Nicola Valley Museum and Archives CLOSED until further notice.
  • Merritt City Hall is CLOSED until further notice.
  • NIcola Valley Thunder Lacrosse is SUSPENDING all BCLA sanctioned activities.Online registration will remain open. 
  • Old Time Fiddlers meetings and workshops CANCELLED until further notice. 
  • Home Routes Concerts scheduled for April 22nd, CANCELLED
  • Nicola Valley Community Band Meetings CANCELLED until further notice
  • Merritt Vintage Car Club CANCELLED until further notice
  • Merritt Community Choir Meetings CANCELLED until further notice
  • Nicola Naturalist Society Meetings CANCELLED until further notice
  • Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings CANCELLED until further notice
  • Merritt Quilters Guild Meetings CANCELLED until further notice
  • Merritt Volleyball Association Ladies Volleyfrat for April 24-26 CANCELLED.
  • Shriners Meetings CANCELLED until further notice
  • Navy League of Canada CANCELLED until further notice
  • Bee Keeper Society meetings CANCELLED until further notice 
  • Scw'exmx Child and Family Services 'Feel the Beat' CANCELLED until further notice

        If you have cancelled events to add to the list, email Michael Reeve at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Roger White/Tyler Cronsilver at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 250-378-6133

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Recently, Merritt City Council approved a motion to have staff apply for a grant through the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund for an evacuation planning route grant.

“There is a grant available to help us create evacuation route planning. We felt it was necessary for our community and something that would add value to our overall emergency preparedness plan,” said CAO Scott Hildebrand.

The current plan was created back in 2006.

The motion was passed unanimously.

The grant does provide 100 per cent grant funding for the project, meaning no taxpayer dollars would be needed to complete the work.

 

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Beginning Monday, April 6, 2020, drivers can expect lane closures on Highway 5 to allow for repairs at Carolin Bridge, located approximately 25 kilometres north of Hope.

Crews are continuing the rehabilitation of the 30-year-old Carolin Bridge. Work involves repairing concrete, resurfacing the deck and restoring river protection. Lane closures will be in effect from April 6 through June 30, 2020.

Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction. An additional counterflow lane will be in place over the Easter and Victoria Day long weekends from 8 a.m. Friday until 8 p.m. Sunday, with the extra lane for northbound traffic on Friday and Saturday and southbound on Sunday. To accommodate the long weekend counterflow, it is necessary to reduce the width of the travel lanes from five metres to 3.8 metres.

For the month of June, the additional counterflow lane will be in place on each Sunday for southbound traffic.

Drivers can expect delays of up to 30 minutes and, if possible, should plan to travel outside these peak times:

* Southbound: Fridays 2 - 4 p.m.; Sundays 2 - 6 p.m.; holiday Mondays noon - 6 p.m.

* Northbound: Fridays noon - 4 p.m., or 2 - 8 p.m. on long weekends.

 

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The application process is now open for the Canada Emergency Relief Benefit (CERB). The benefit is the relief promised by the Federal Government for those who have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If approved, Canadians will receive $2,000 a month for up to four months.

To be eligible; (from the Governments website)

  • You reside in Canada
  • You are 15 years old or more when you apply
  • For your first CERB application:
    • You have stopped or will stop working due to reasons related to COVID-19
    • For at least 14 days in a row for the period you are applying for, you will not receive:
      • employment income
      • self-employment income
      • provincial or federal benefits related to maternity or paternity leave
  • For your subsequent CERB applications:
    • You continue to not work due to reasons related to COVID-19
    • For the 4 week period you are applying for, you will not receive:
      • employment income;
      • self-employment income; or
      • provincial or federal benefits related to maternity or paternity leave.
  • You have not quit your job voluntarily

To help with the expected influx of applications, the government is spacing out applications by birth month.

Days to apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit

If you were born in the month of

Apply for CERB on

Your best day to apply

January, February or March

Mondays

April 6

April, May, or June

Tuesdays

April 7

July, August, or September

Wednesdays

April 8

October, November, or December

Thursdays

April 9

Any month

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays

Not applicable

You can apply online through the CRA My Account or over the phone with an automated service, (1-800-959-2019 or 1-800-959-2041).

Full details - https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/benefits/apply-for-cerb-with-cra.html

 

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