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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 are providing case updates for three 24-hour reporting periods. In the first reporting period from June 26 to June 27, we had 10 new cases. In the second reporting period from June 27 to June 28, we had 14 cases. In the last 24 hours, we have had a further two new cases.

"This represents 26 new cases since we reported on Friday, for a total of 2,904 cases in British Columbia.

"There are 153 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and 2,577 people who tested positive have recovered.

"Of the total COVID-19 cases, 18 individuals are hospitalized, five of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

"Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 979 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,529 in the Fraser Health region, 131 in the Island Health region, 200 in the Interior Health region and 65 in the Northern Health region.

"There have been no new COVID-19 related deaths for a total of 174 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"There have been no new health-care facility outbreaks. In total, five long-term care or assisted-living facilities and one acute care facility have active outbreaks.

"There has been one new exposure event at Brandi's Exotic Show Lounge in the Vancouver Coastal Health region. Public health teams are actively contact tracing and have issued an alert for anyone who may have been at the premises June 21, 22, 23 and 24 between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m.

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

(Previous numbers in brackets)

New Cases – 26 *Day 1-10, Day 2-14, Day 3-2

Total Cases – 2,904 (2,878)

Active Cases - 153(159)

Patients in Hospital – 18 (17)

Patients in ICU – 5 (5)

Recovered – 2,577 (2,545)

New Deaths – 0

Totals Deaths – 174 (174)

Health region breakdown;

Vancouver Coastal – 979 (969)

Fraser – 1,529 (1,514)

Island – 131 (131)

Interior – 200 (199)

Northern – 65 (65)

More to come.

 

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Engaging youth to work on community service projects so they can help their communities "build back better" from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic is the goal of a new $5-million Youth Community Partnership program.

"We recognize that COVID-19 continues to dramatically impact young people's prospects for work, which they typically use to leverage future job prospects or to pay for their education or training," said Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. "Now, more than ever, young people are looking for ways to support themselves, while giving back to their communities. Engaging in safe, physically distanced local projects is an incredible opportunity for young people to acquire new skills, earn money, and contribute to building back an even better B.C."

Communities around B.C. can apply to fund a community service project of their choosing - like trail building, beach clean-up or invasive species removal, upgrading local parks or working for a local charity. In turn, they provide skills and work experience to young people who are unemployed, between 15-29 years of age, through the project. These young participants will benefit by applying the work-related skills and experience they gain on various projects in further education, employment, or future careers.

"I encourage communities around B.C. to take advantage of the Youth Community Partnership program," said Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction. "These grants will help youth build their skill sets, gain work experience, and help rebuild their communities as the province begins economic recovery from COVID-19."

Local governments, non-profit community, and environmental organizations, employer associations, chambers of commerce, and Indigenous communities are encouraged to apply.

"Our youth are the future of our Nations," said Robert J. Dennis, Sr., Chief Councillor of Huu-ay-aht First Nations. "Opportunities like this not only give us a chance to rebuild our communities following COVID-19 but allow us to invest and build capacity in the next generation of leaders. Students face an uncertain future in the wake of this pandemic and participating in this innovative program will give them an opportunity to do something positive while gaining skills they can use in their education path or in a future career."

Applicants can receive grants of up to $10,000 per youth for projects running up to 16 weeks. The youth then receive a training stipend of up to $2,000 per four-week period (to a maximum of $8,000) for work between June and October 31.

 

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Recently, Councillor Travis Fehr made a notice of motion regarding diversity and inclusion in the City of Merritt.

“Council to direct staff to investigate the adoption of a visual symbol of diversity and inclusion for the City of Merritt,” said Fehr.

As per procedure, the motion will be on this week’s council meeting agenda for a full debate from the Council.

The meeting will be held online at 7 pm on Tuesday.

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More than 100 local governments and First Nations communities have been approved to receive their share of $4.2 million in provincial emergency preparedness funding.

This funding is part of the nearly $69.5-million Community Emergency Preparedness Fund (CEPF), designed to help communities prepare for, and respond to, disasters.

This investment through the CEPF will support emergency support services (ESS), which provide short-term, essential supports to British Columbians impacted by disasters. It will also support emergency operations centres (EOC), equipment, and emergency training at the community level.

Through the program the City of Merritt applied to complete an update of the current evacuation route planning, however, the funding was not approved by the province.

“We will take the application we had and look for other funding resources because the City sees this as a priority,” said Will George.

The current evacuation route plan was created back in 2006.

 

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Environment Canada has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for the Nicola Valley area this afternoon as a low pressure system moving into the area from the north making conditions ripe for thunderstorm activity today.

The threat of isolated heavy downpours delivering upwards of 15-mm-of-rain over a short period of time will exist this afternoon.

This is of particular concern as heavy downpours can cause localized flooding, flash floods and water pooling on roads. 

Showers and thunderstorms will threaten the area for the next 24 hours with another 10-mm-of-precipitation expected overnight into Sunday morning.

Keep listening to Q101 for more details or check out the road conditions anytime at https://weather.gc.ca/myprofile/index_e.html

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