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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 18 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 2,507 cases in British Columbia.

"There are 310 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and 2,042 people who tested positive have recovered.

"Of the total COVID-19 cases, 41 individuals are hospitalized, eight 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 888 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,236 in the Fraser Health region, 127 in the Island Health region, 194 in the Interior Health region and 62 in the Northern Health region.

"The discrepancy between new cases and total cases with the Interior Health and Island Health regions reported today are a data consolidation to reflect COVID-19 cases based on where individuals reside, even if they were not in the health authority during their illness.

"Nine of the cases in Interior Health and one case in Island Health are individuals associated with the Kearl Lake outbreak, who completed their self-isolation in Alberta and have since recovered.

"We are saddened to report three new COVID-19 related deaths in the Fraser Health region, for a total of 155 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, and the outbreak at Lions Gate Hospital has been declared over. In total, 14 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and two acute-care units have active outbreaks.

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

"We are finding our new balance between protecting our health and reopening many of the businesses and activities that are important to all of us.

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Darius Sam

100 Miles.

160 Kilometres.

Just shy of four complete marathons.

All in one day.

And all for charity.

On June 13, Merrittonian Darius Sam will be completing a 100-mile ultra-marathon, all in the name of charity.

The 19-year-old joined Roger White to speak about his inspiration to raise funds for the Nicola Valley Food Bank.

“I visited them on Tuesday, and just waiting to get my turn to go in there was a lineup,” began Darius. “I was asking how everybody was doing, and one lady struck my heart, said ‘I’m doing well but I’m hungry.’ That right there sold me on it. I just want to make a difference in the community.”

Darius had a goal of raising $1,000 but the number has already been surpassed.

“I think we can shoot for the stars and reach upwards of $10,000,” added Darius.

As of Friday morning, the Go Fund Me had raised $2,355.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/nicola-valley-food-bank-fundraiser?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=m_pd+share-sheet

 

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aquatic centre

Last week, the Interior Health Authority rescinded a public health order forcing gyms and other personal service establishments to close.

That allowed gyms across the region to begin reopening this week, as long as new safety measures could be implemented.

While Merritt has already seen some of the private gyms open their doors, the City-owned gym at the Aquatic Centre has no firm date to reopen.

“Right now, we’re working at phasing in the reopening of all City Facilities,” said Manager of Communications Will George. “There hasn’t been a set date for reopening.”

City officials are speaking with other municipalities while formulating their plan for Merritt.

Whilst the pool and arena have been shut down, city staff has been able to complete some capital projects at the facilities. In terms of the aquatic centre, the hope is to avoid the usual fall shutdown by completing the necessary work during mandated closure.

 

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WEATHER ALERT SNOW Coquiha

Special weather statement in effect for:

  • Coquihalla Highway - Hope to Merritt
  • Okanagan Connector - Merritt to Kelowna

A weather system over southern BC will bring showers to the region today. Snow levels have lowered to 1200 to 1400 metres this morning and is forecast to rise to near 1700 metres this afternoon.

Snowfall amounts of 5 to 10 cm are expected this morning over highway 3 - Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass and over the Okanagan Connector. Lesser amounts of 2 to 4 cm are possible over Allison Pass and Coquihalla Highway - Hope to Merritt.

Weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.

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Update-

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 12 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 2,479 cases in British Columbia.

"There are 307 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and 2,020 people who tested positive have recovered.

"Of the total COVID-19 cases, 43 individuals are hospitalized, eight 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 887 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,223 in the Fraser Health region, 126 in the Island Health region, 183 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 152 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, and the outbreak at the Windermere Care Centre has now been declared over. In total, 14 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and three acute-care units have active outbreaks.

"The Mountain Institution, a federal corrections facility, has one confirmed case of COVID-19 in an inmate who had recently transferred from the Matsqui Institution. Fraser Health public health teams are investigating and assisting at both facilities.

"The outbreak at United Poultry has been declared over. Public health teams continue to provide support at the remaining community outbreaks, including at the Oppenheimer Group, those in the poultry sector, at the Mission Institution and with those connected to the Kearl Lake plant in Alberta.

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

(Previous numbers in brackets)

New Cases – 12

Total Cases – 2,479 (2,467)

Patients in Hospital – 43 (43)

Patients in ICU – 8 (10)

Recovered – 2,020 (2,001)

New Deaths – 3

Totals Deaths – 152 (149)

Health region breakdown;

Vancouver Coastal – 887 (885)

Fraser – 1,223 (1,214)

Island – 126 (126)

Interior – 183 (182)

Northern – 60 (60)

More to come.

 

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