One lane has now reopened.
A serious accident has closed the Coquihalla between Merritt and Kamloops.
A two-vehicle collision has shut down the southbound lanes near the Inks Lake Exit.
One patient has been transported by helicopter from the scene and is reported to be in critical condition.
The accident occurred around 2 pm.
More to come
Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, and Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia:
"Today, we are reporting 538 new cases of COVID-19, including nine epi-linked cases, for a total of 24,960 cases in British Columbia.
"There are 6,929 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. Currently, 217 individuals are hospitalized with COVID-19, 59 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.
"There are 9,977 people under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases and 17,207 people who tested positive have recovered.
"We have had 178 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 309 in the Fraser Health region, 12 in the Island Health region, 28 in the Interior Health region, 11 in the Northern Health region and no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.
"There has been one new COVID-19 related death, for a total of 321 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"We have four new health-care facility outbreaks at Cottage-Worthington Pavilion, Langley Memorial Hospital, The Residence at Clayton Heights and Windermere Care Centre.
"There has been one new community outbreak at JGC Fluor BC LNG Joint Venture, a contracted site of the LNG Canada plant and project in Kitimat.
UPDATE on IH numbers:
New restrictions can be found here - https://q101.ca/news/15848-new-covid-19-restrictions-imposed
Dr. Bonnie Henry has provided the latest COVID-19 figures in BC.
(Previous numbers in brackets)
New Cases – 538
Total Cases – 24,960 (24,422)
Active Cases – 6,929 (6,861)
Patients in Hospital – 217 (209)
Patients in ICU – 59 (58)
New Deaths – 1
Totals Deaths – 321 (320)
Health region breakdown of new cases
Vancouver Coastal – +178
Fraser – +309
Island – +12
Interior – +28
Northern – +11
Outside Canada – +0
More to come.
Further Details -
All indoor or outdoor events as defined in our Gathering and Events order are prohibited. This includes religious, cultural or community events, with the exception of baptisms, funerals and weddings. These may proceed with up to 10 people including an officiant if a COVID-19 safety plan is in place. There are to be no associated receptions of any kind in any venue.
There are to be no social gatherings at residences with anyone other than those who reside there. People who live alone must host no gatherings, but can continue to see one or two of the same members of their core pandemic bubble at home.
Group physical activities
Businesses, recreation centres or other venues that organize or operate indoor group spin classes, hot yoga and high-intensity interval training will stop for the fall and winter.
Guidance on other physical activities done with a group indoors will need to follow updated guidance that is being developed.
Sports activities can continue, but there is to be no travel outside of communities for games or competitions, and no spectators are allowed. League organizers should continue planning for 2021 with today's modifications in mind.
All businesses and worksites must conduct active daily screening of all on-site workers using their COVID-19 safety plans.
Workers and customers must wear masks in indoor public and retail spaces (except when eating or drinking), and in workplace common areas, including elevators, hallways, group or break rooms, kitchens and customer counters.
Office-based employers should temporarily suspend their efforts to safely get employees back to their workplace and support work-from-home options wherever possible.
All non-essential travel outside of one's community is strongly discouraged. People travelling to stay with immediate family members should ensure they do not host or participate in any social gatherings.
Dr. Bonnie Henry and public health officials in BC have released several new public health orders.
Two weeks ago, Dr. Henry announced public health orders within the Fraser and Vancouver Coast regions, today those orders have been extended by two weeks, until midnight on December 7th, and will apply to the entire province.
- No social gatherings outside of your household group
- Events and community gatherings, even with less than 50 people are cancelled
- Places of worship to not hold services for the next two weeks
- Curtail all recreational and social travel within the Province
- Travel for sports in suspended
- Indoor sports are suspended for two weeks
- Limo services are ordered to stop operating
There is also now a requirement that customers and staff in all indoor retail and public spaces wear a mask.
The reasoning behind the move from Dr. Henry to reduce social interactions around the province.
More to come
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After not receiving an entry into last week’s Masters, Merritt’s Roger Sloan is set to be back on course today for the first round of the RSM Classic in Georgia.
Sloan is one of seven Canadians in the field this week, along with Corry Connors who’s coming off a top-10 finish at Augusta.
Sloan enters this week’s event coming off his best finish of the season at the beginning of the month in Bermuda, where the Merrittonian finished tied for 16th.
With lots of season left to play, Sloan does find himself within the FedEx Cup’s top 125, currently at 110. Any golfer who finishes in the top-125 and makes the playoffs receives a tour card for the next season.
So far this year, Sloan has earned just over $100,000.
Sloan tees of this morning at 7:30.
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A key promise of the BC NDP’s election platform was a COVID-19 relief benefit payment to all families and individuals across the province.
The campaign promise was that every family in BC meeting the income requirements would receive $1,000, while individuals would get $500.
Yesterday Premier John Horgan addressed when British Columbians could be seeing those cheques arrive.
“We’re pretty confident that should we get through the legislative session quickly, in a week or so. We’ll be able to get those deposits done shortly thereafter,” began Horgan. “We’re targeting Christmas of course. But I think at this extortionary time I think British Columbians will just be happy to have access to the funds, whether it comes on December 24, or the 5 of January.”
Horgan also stated that due to previous relief packages and tax information held by the Province, the cheques will be mostly distributed through direct deposit and British Columbians do not have to sign up for the benefit at this time.
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