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WEATHER ALERT SNOW Coquiha

  • Coquihalla Highway - Hope to Merritt

Snowfall with total amounts of 20 to 25 cm is expected.

An upper trough over the BC Interior will send a stream of moisture across the Coquihalla Highway from Hope to Merritt. Overnight 5 to 10 cm of snow has fallen and a further 10 to 15 cm of snow is possible by early this evening.

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

 

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The Chief Medical Health Officer (MHO) at Interior Health (IH) has issued an order for all fitness centres, gyms, yoga studios, or similar personal training facilities whether indoors or outdoors to close as of April 2, 2020.

The Chief MHO has determined that gatherings of people at these facilities constitute close personal contact, which promotes the transmission and increased spread of COVID-19. Fitness centres and gyms are encouraged to adopt virtual training and support as an alternative to gatherings at facilities.

The Order expires on May 30, 2020, and is subject to revision, cancellation, or extension by Interior Health’s MHO.

 

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The Merritt RCMP and Cpl. Brock Hedrick has released a statement following the first week of 24-hour policing within the City, and their response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are still seeing higher than normal numbers of Break & Enters (especially to businesses) and thefts from vehicles all across the city. The Merritt RCMP is asking that you ensure no valuables are left in unattended vehicles,” wrote Hedrick.

He also stressed the importance of the public reporting suspicious activity when it happens. 

“Police continue to receive reports of suspicious activity in some cases hours or days after the incident. This late reporting makes it incredibly difficult or in some cases impossible for police to act on the information. If you see something, please call the police immediately,” added Hedrick.

Cpl. Hedrick confirmed that the detachment would be helping the City of Merritt Bylaw Officer with concerns in relation to compliance with anti-COIVD-19 measures.

“In relation to the COVID-19 Pandemic the Merritt RCMP are noting, for the most part, people are maintaining social distancing and are treating each other with care and respect,” said Hedrick.  

“Please be kind to one another, maintain social distancing and together we will get through this difficult time. We all play a part in keeping our community safe,” concluded Hedrick.

 

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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:

"We are announcing 55 new cases, for a total of 1,121 cases in British Columbia.

"Every health region in British Columbia has patients with COVID-19: 525 are in the Vancouver Coastal health region, 386 are in the Fraser Health region, 72 are in the Island Health region, 121 are in the Interior Health region and 17 are in the Northern Health region.

"In the last 24 hours, we are saddened to report six deaths in the Vancouver Coastal, Fraser and Island health regions. There have been 31 COVID-19 related deaths in British Columbia. The majority have been residents of long-term care. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones.

"A new community outbreak of COVID-19 has been detected with an inmate in a correctional centre in the Interior Health region. BC Corrections has implemented response protocols and the inmate has been isolated.

"The Provincial Health Services Authority, which is responsible for health care in B.C.'s correctional centres, is working with the Interior public health team to investigate and undertake contact tracing.

"There have been no new reported cases in long-term care and assisted living facilities in the last day.

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

(Previous numbers in brackets)

New Cases – 55

Total Cases – 1,121 (1,066)

Patients in Hospital – 149(142)

Patients in ICU – 68 (67)

Recovered – 641 (606)

New Deaths – 6

  • 3 Vancouver Coastal, 2 Vancouver Island, 1 Fraser

Totals Deaths – 31 (25)

Health region breakdown;

Vancouver Coastal – 525 (497)

Fraser – 386 (367)

Island – 72 (72)

Interior – 121 (114)

Northern – 17 (16)

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

There is a new outbreak within Interior Health at the Okanagan Correctional Centre, an inmate not a staff member.

More to come.

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To ensure B.C.'s most vulnerable - including people on income or disability assistance and low-income seniors - do not encounter additional barriers during the COVID-19 crisis, the Province is implementing a series of temporary supports and supplements.

"We are putting in place measures that complement the federal crisis measures to support our most vulnerable populations and ensure they do not fall deeper into poverty as a result of COVID-19," said Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction. "This is a stressful time for everyone, but for those struggling to put food on the table at the best of times, it is important that we ensure there are no additional barriers to get what they need to keep themselves and their families safe and healthy."

For people in B.C. currently receiving income assistance or disability assistance, the Province will temporarily exempt federal employment insurance benefits, including the new $2,000 Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). These payments will be fully exempted for the next three months so people receiving income assistance and disability assistance in B.C. will benefit from these new emergency federal support programs, without any reductions to their monthly assistance payments.

For everyone on income assistance or disability assistance who is not eligible for the emergency federal support programs, including the CERB, the Province will provide an automatic $300-monthly COVID-19 crisis supplement for the next three months. This supplement will also be provided to low-income seniors who receive the B.C. Senior's Supplement and recipients of income assistance or disability assistance who reside in special care facilities.

These interim measures further complement government's $5-billion COVID-19 Action Plan to provide income supports, tax relief and direct funding for people, businesses and services.

 

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