COVID-19 Comes Back with a Vengeance in Grand Forks
Grand Forks is BC's hot spot for new COVID-19 infections.
A record 17 new cases were detected last week, only Surrey and the Central Okanagan had more.
The Grand Forks area had only one new infection listed during the previous seven-day period, but Interior Health disclosed exposures June 23 and 24 at Grand Forks Secondary School.
The area had only three cases in all of 2020, but the Grand Forks health jurisdiction which includes Christina Lake was up to 66 total cases from the beginning of the pandemic and the end of June.
No new cases were reported by the B-C Centre for Disease Control between June 27 and July 3 in Trail, Castlegar, Nelson, Creston, Kootenay Lake, Arrow Lakes and the Kettle Valley.
The coronavirus is still present in communities across the border from the West Kootenay-Boundary.
The Northeast Tri County Health District reported six new cases over the past two weeks in Republic Wash., about 60km south of Grand Forks.
The Colville area had seven new infections in the past 14-days, with five in and around Kettle Falls and just one each in Chewelah and Northport.
The district said the lone new case found as of Tuesday was in Stevens County.
It took three tries, but Trail's Lauren Bay-Regula has her Olympic medal. The Canadian Women's Softball team beat Mexico 3-2 in the Bronze medal game during a driving rain in Yokohama, Japan.
The Port Moody B-C native was selected fifth overall late Friday afternoon by the Columbus Blue Jackets after a tremendous freshman season at the University of Michigan.
Nelson's Jubilee Manor had one patient and two staff members with infections as of Thursday afternoon according to Interior Health. Visitors are not being allowed into The I-H-A long-term care facility with 39 private rooms.
Residents from 142 properties near the Trozzo Creek wildfire northeast of Winlaw are returning home, but 32 residences remain evacuated. The newest evacation order invovles properties from Midge Creek to Next Creek on the west shore on the south arm of Kootenay Lake in Kootenay Lake Provincial Park.
Trail Mayor Lisa Pasin said transperency is paramount given the cost of the investigation and aftermath of the complaint filed by outgoing Chief Administrative and Financial Officer David Perehudoff against Councillor Robert Cacchioini. She was disturbed by the debate leading to the decision.
Over 500 more properties have been evacuated because of raging West Kootenay wildfires fanned by high winds. Meanwhile residents from 122 Boundary properties evacuated because of the Nk'Mip Creek wildfire near Osoyoos have the option of going to the Jack Goddard Memorial Arena in Grand Forks.
Over 170 properties in Fauquier and north to Grassy Point are evacuated. The B-C Wildfire Service has also pulled most of its crew off the 32-hundred hectare Octopus Creek wildfire to keep them safe.
The B-C Wildfire Service is watching four wildfires of note in the West Kootenay-Creston Valley with residents of seven properties evacuated and another 520 properties on evacuation alert.
A dozen fire fighters from Rossland, Warfield and Trail had the late Saturday night fire under control in about 45 minutes, but warn the consequences could have been much worse.