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Snowfall warning in effect for:

  • Coquihalla Highway - Hope to Merritt

Snowfall with total amounts of 15 to 25 cm is expected.

A vigorous frontal system moving across BC will bring heavy snow to Coquihalla Highway - Hope to Merritt tonight.

Precipitation has already started as rain and will change to snow later this evening. Total snowfall amounts of 15 to 25 cm are expected before the snow tapers off to a few flurries late Wednesday afternoon.

Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.

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

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School District 58 Nicola-Similkameen is informing parents of students at Merritt Secondary School of a second positive case of COVID-19.

“An additional member of the Merritt Secondary community has tested positive for COVID-19. They are self-isolating at home with support from local public health teams,” reads the release from Superintendent Steve McNiven.

Exposure is stated to have occurred on January 6 and 7.

“Only the health authority can determine who is a close contact. If you are contacted by the Interior Health Authority, please follow their advice. If you are not contacted by the Interior Health Authority, it has been determined that your child is not at risk of developing COVID-19,” added McNiven.

The second positive case follows the confirmation of a case on Sunday.

“The safety and well-being of our students, families, and staff remains our highest priority. Please be reassured that Merritt Secondary will continue to implement the strict protocols and procedures we have in place so that children can continue to attend school as safely as possible,” said McNiven.

Despite two positive cases now being confirmed by the district, as of Tuesday evening, the Interior Health Authority has not added Merritt Secondary to their list of school exposures.

More to come.


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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 446 new cases, including 10 epi-linked cases, for a total of 58,553 cases in British Columbia.

"There are 5,045 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. There are 368 individuals currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 72 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.

"Currently, 7,238 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases and a further 51,144 people who tested positive have recovered.

"Since we last reported, we have had 96 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 223 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 14 in the Island Health region, 67 in the Interior Health region, 46 in the Northern Health region and no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

"To date, 62,294 people have received a COVID-19 vaccine in British Columbia. Our focus is to ensure we safely deliver the vaccines as quickly as possible to B.C. communities, using all available supply.

"There have been nine new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 1,019 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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The Merritt RCMP has released details into a stabbing incident in Lower Nicola which resulted in one victim being transported to hospital in Kamloops.

“On January 10, 2021, Merritt RCMP responded to the Rocky Pines IR in Lower Nicola for a complaint of an assault. Police arrived to find that one of the two combatants had multiple stab wounds,” said Cpl. Derrick Francis.

The most serious injury was a stab wound to the abdomen.

“The injuries required immediate transport to the Royal Inland Hospital and emergency surgery. The victim remains in hospital,” added Francis.

The suspect was arrested at the scene and taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Charges will be forwarded for consideration by the Crown.


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Mongos in Merritt has announced that they are temporally closing their restaurant following a positive case of COVID-19.

The employee, who last worked on Wednesday, January 6, received a positive COVID-19 test resulting in the restaurant shutting down. All other staff members are said to be symptom-free.

Mongos has stated that the doors will remain closed until they get a definitive answer from the Interior Health Authority on re-opening.

Interior Health takes care of all contact tracing of positive cases and will only publish a release on the case if they aren’t able to contact all possible contacts of the individual. As of Tuesday morning, no release has been published by Interior Health with regards to the positive case.


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