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The Interior Health Authority has not seen a spike in COVID-19 cases in two weeks. Since May 6, only two new positive cases have been reported bringing the total number to date to 181.

Of those 181 cases, 177 people have fully recovered from the virus and sadly two people have passed away. That leaves two active cases in the region, with one of the patients currently in hospital.

Due to seeing an increase of only two cases in the past two weeks, the demographics of those affected by the virus in the region have not changed since we reported that stats on May 11.

Provincially the most affected age group is 50-59, followed by 30-39. In the Interior, 30-39 is the most affected age-range followed by 40-49 and then 50-59.

In the Interior, 93 men have contracted the virus compared to 88 women. Those figures run counter to the provincial averages which see more women becoming infected. 

 

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- 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:

"Today, we have two new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 2,446 cases in British Columbia.

"There are 325 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and 1,975 people who tested positive have recovered.

"Of the total COVID-19 cases, 45 individuals are hospitalized, 12 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

"Every health region in British Columbia has patients with COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 883 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,196 in the Fraser Health region, 126 in the Island Health region, 181 in the Interior Health region and 60 in the Northern Health region.

"We are saddened to report three new COVID-19 related deaths, one in the Vancouver Coastal Health region and two in the Fraser Health region, for a total of 146 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to the family, friends and caregivers of these individuals, as well as to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic

"There have been no new health-care outbreaks. In total, 14 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and five acute-care units have active cases.

"Public health teams continue to provide support for community outbreaks at the Oppenheimer Group, those in the poultry sector, at the Mission Institution and with those connected to the Kearl Lake plant in Alberta.

"Today is the first day that many businesses can begin to reopen, and we encourage business owners to take it slowly. Just like BC's Restart Plan, being thoughtful and cautious is the way to go.

"This approach will give you, your employees and your customers the confidence that you are doing all you can to keep everyone safe.

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

(Previous numbers in brackets)

New Cases – 2

Total Cases – 2,446 (2,444)

Patients in Hospital – 45 (47)

Patients in ICU – 12 (12)

Recovered – 1,975 (1,966)

New Deaths – 3

Totals Deaths – 146 (143)

Health region breakdown;

Vancouver Coastal – 883 (882)

Fraser – 1,196 (1,195)

Island – 126 (126)

Interior – 181 (181)

Northern – 60 (60)

More to come.

 

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Merritt Flourish Under the Sun

 Recently Merritt City Council adopted the Tax Rate Bylaw for 2020. While the overall 2020 budget can be amended throughout the year, the tax rate is now set in stone.

  • Tax rate is a 5.74% decrease from 2019
  • Late penalty reduced to 5% and only applied after October 1, 2020
  • Discount for paying utilities on-time increases from 10 to 17% (for residential and commercial)

While the Council did adopt a tax rate decrease, the impact on individual Merrittonians will depend on property assessments on which many residents saw increases this year.  

The City has also posted a tax rate calculator to its website to help residents determine their tax bills.

 

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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:

"Today, we are providing case updates for two 24-hour reporting periods: May 16 to May 17, and May 17 to midday today.

"In the first reporting period through May 17, we had eight new cases. In the last 24 hours, we have had a further eight new cases.

"This represents 16 new cases since we reported on Saturday, for a total of 2,444 cases in British Columbia.

"There are 335 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and 1,966 people who tested positive have recovered.

"Of the total COVID-19 cases, 47 individuals are hospitalized, 12 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

"Every health region in British Columbia has patients with COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 882 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,195 in the Fraser Health region, 126 in the Island Health region, 181 in the Interior Health region and 60 in the Northern Health region.

"We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the family and friends of Capt. Jennifer Casey, of the Royal Canadian Air Force. Our thoughts are also with Capt. Richard MacDougall. We wish him a swift recovery from his injuries.

"Canada's Snowbirds bring Canadians together, and the loss that felt by all us is great. We thank the Snowbirds and the Canadian Armed Forces for all that you do, and we stand beside you in sorrow and in strength.

"In addition to this tragic loss, we are saddened to report two new COVID-19 related deaths, one in the Vancouver Coastal Health region and one in the Fraser Health region, for a total of 143 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to the family, friends and caregivers of these individuals, as well as to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

(Previous numbers in brackets)

New Cases – 16 *Day 1-8, Day 2-8

Total Cases – 2,444 (2,428)

Patients in Hospital – 47 (49)

Patients in ICU – 12 (11)

Recovered – 1,966 (1,932)

New Deaths – 2

Totals Deaths – 143 (141)

Health region breakdown;

Vancouver Coastal – 882 (878)

Fraser – 1,195 (1,184)

Island – 126 (126)

Interior – 181 (181)

Northern – 60 (59)

More to come.

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NICOLA BANDS

All year the local school district and the five local first nation communities have been working towards a new local education agreement (LEA).

Recently both sides agreed to the terms however as Superintendent Steve McNiven reported to the board last week, the traditional signing ceremony will have to wait.

“But unfortunately, due to the pandemic we were unable to come together to do a collective signing or a collective celebration,” said McNiven.

The LEA outlines the roles that both the school district and first nation bands play in the education process.

“I do believe it’s important to get this document signed off,” added McNiven.

With the permission of the board, the document will be signed by all parties privately. There is hope that a delayed ceremony and celebration could be held sometime in the fall.

 

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