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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 536 new cases, including six epi-linked cases, for a total of 59,608 cases in British Columbia.

"There are 4,624 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. There are 362 individuals currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 74 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.

"Currently, 7,303 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases and a further 52,605 people who tested positive have recovered.

"Since we last reported, we have had 102 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 253 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 21 in the Island Health region, 115 in the Interior Health region, 45 in the Northern Health region and no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

"To date, 69,746 people have received a COVID-19 vaccine in B.C.

"There have been seven new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 1,038 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

(Previous numbers in brackets)

New Cases – 536

Total Cases – 59,608 (59,072)

Active Cases – 4,624 (4,810)

Patients in Hospital – 362 (360)

Patients in ICU – 72 (76)

New Deaths – 7

Totals Deaths – 1,038 (1,031)

Vaccines Administrated – 69,746 (63,430)

Health region breakdown of new cases

Vancouver Coastal – +102

Fraser – +253

Island – +21

Interior – +115

Northern – +45

Outside Canada – +0

More to come.

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Interior Savings

For the eighth year running, Interior Savings is again offering awards of $1000 to 1,000 students through its Million Dollar Bursary Program. Yet, so far, they have only received about 500 applications.

Merritt students have received $83,000 over the past seven years of the program.

With many feeling the financial pinch due to the pandemic, the Credit Union is determined to make one final push to reach local students in need of help with tuition.

Applying for the program is easy. There are no lengthy essays, references, or high academic grades needed. To qualify, applicants simply need to be 17 to 24 years old, use their Interior Savings account regularly, and provide proof of enrollment and tuition payment to a designated post-secondary institution.

While you need to be a member of the Credit Union to qualify, it’s not too late to join.

“There’s still time for students to become an Interior Savings member to qualify for a bursary and to take advantage of the benefits membership offers, including one-on-one financial coaching, a share of our profits and a free account for youth,” said Interior Savings CEO, Kathy Conway.

 

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roger sloan

Merritt’s own Roger Sloan is back on Tour this weekend at the Sony Open in Hawaii.

It will be Sloan’s first appearance in 2021 and first tournament in over a month following a missed cut in early December.

Prior to the missed cut, Sloan was playing some of his best golf making three straight weekend cuts and finishing in the top-32 at each event.

So far this season, Sloan has made four of six cuts and earned $156,339.

The 33-year-old Merrittonian is currently 107th in the FedEx Cup standings. Any golfer in the top 125 at the end of the year secures a tour card for the following season.

Sloan tees off this morning at 10:50 am.

 

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IH Drug Alert Jan 13

KAMLOOPS — Interior Health (IH) has added a fifth drug alert for tainted drugs in Kamloops. The alert comes after four similar messages were fanned out Friday (Jan. 8).

In the fifth alert distributed Wednesday (Jan. 13), IH describes a pink or reddish substance sold as “Down”.

The drug, tested at ASK Wellness, contains caffeine mannitol, fentanyl and benzodiazepines.

Those who take the drug may experience prolonged sedation with a high risk of overdose.

The Wednesday alert remains in effect for one week, until Jan. 20.

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city merritt council

Mayor Linda Brown put forward a motion to City Council this week to return their cost of living raises for 2021.

“This is one that I’m looking at because we’ve had a number of decreasing tax revenues in the City, business is suffering, there is decreasing income all around us, individuals are losing their jobs due to COVID-19. This is a way to show our support and recognize those who are having difficulty,” said Brown.

Mayor and Council, per the remuneration bylaw, are entitled to a yearly cost of living raise based on the consumer price index.

“I fully support this. This year has been rather challenging for businesses and people in the community. I think there are going to be some challenges for this council as we look at our budget moving forward,” said Coun. Tony Luck.

“If we're expected to reduce expenses we need to look at ourselves first and find ways to be cost-effective. I definitely support this,” added Coun. Adam Etchart.

The unanimous vote to return the funds is technically non-binding and each individual councillor will still have to speak directly to payroll to have the raise returned.

 

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