In the USA 8300 deaths
New stats from BC
1203 cases – 704 of those have recovered
128 cases in the Interior Health area
as at 6pm Saturday
Social distancing is already getting wearisome. I am just getting to the end of my two weeks isolation and it looks like there are many more weeks ahead of us. As social beings, we do not do too well from being apart as we are used to reaching out to others for comfort and safety.
The telephone and social media keep us connected but not in the usual way of getting together for a coffee, and we are going to have to learn how to cope without a physical connection.
There are however some of our friends who are benefiting from us being confined to our homes, these are our pets who are loving the joy and intimacy of having their two legged friends stay home for days on end. I own a six year old Bichon/Shitzu cross and a three month old kitten. They think they have gone to Heaven having me available non stop and they both want to sit very close to me or even on me.
Whenever I move I trip over one furry body or another, going the few steps to the kitchen is hazardous as the kitten winds her way to and fro between my feet and the dog bumps into the back of my legs, should I stop moving.
Several weeks ago I made the mistake of giving my kitten a few drops of cream when I poured my coffee, big mistake!!! Now, every time I go to the fridge to put cream in my coffee, there is the loud wailing of distress that emits from my little, furry friend as she tries to get my attention and a few drops of cream in her dish. As I drink several cups of my addiction each day, I get the cream from the fridge fairly often. Cream is not particularly good for cats so instead I give her a tiny amount of cottage cheese. I’m not sure if this is healthy for her but should not pile on the weight as would cream. Coffee with cream is my breakfast, but she eats breakfast in addiction to treats, so can imagine her ballooning into a furry soccer ball if not restricted.
This togetherness is most noticeable when I take a trip to the bathroom. The three of us take the trip through my bedroom and into the ensuite, whenever need dictates. The dog quietly sits by my feet but the cat amuses herself by unrolling the toilet paper and clawing it into shreds. Shutting the door in their faces is not a good idea as the howling from the cat, combined with the door scratching from the dog, makes for a somewhat stressful experience.
Having lived through several years of having four pre-schoolers, I am used to leaving the bathroom door open. A closed door would immediately result in one of the four emitting a loud scream, which would indicate a terrible accident, either a bad fall resulting in a bleeding wound or a kidnapper taking them from the family nest. My hurriedly completed trip would usually find that the scream was uttered because one of the other three would not share the much coveted red crayon. It was much easier on the nerves to forgo the privacy of a closed door and leave it open, this way the complainant could come in and tearfully report the incident and have “she who could solve all problems” make things better.
In most homes mommy is the chief care giver, she is the kisser of boo-boos, the remover of spiders, the distributor of cookies and hugs and the solver of all problems, so having her locked away for a few minutes can be scary to young minds. Because of my experiences with my toddlers, I am more lenient with my furry kids and put up with their clingy behaviour.
What will happen to their anxieties once this quarantine is lifted and life goes back to the new normal? Maybe we will have to get the services of pet psychiatrists to help with separation anxiety of our pets. Who knows?
It is going to take many months for us to get back to the world we knew and I believe that separation is going to be a long term condition. Our pets need us and we need them for the joy of a comforting body in the same room as us. However, I find I am talking more and more to my pets and less to human friends. If this situation goes on for several months I wouldn’t be surprised to hear my furry friends talking back to me, after all I do feel like I am entering the Twilight Zone and it is probably only a matter of time before I cross over into the unknown.
Time: 1:05 am Saturday
Location: Pit area east of OIB office and south of Health Centre
One duty truck, one command vehicle, one tender and two pumpers on scene
Two police units
Not known cause – but the burn pile might have been burning for some time even though the picture indicates it is very green. Fire Department applied sufficient water to extinguish.
(Celebrating 110 years of Scouting in the South Okanagan)
In the late 1940s and early 50s Scouting was beginning to show significant growth in the South Okanagan, and Oliver was no exception. The late Carleton MacNaughton had successfully passed leadership of 1st Oliver Troop to Cy Overton, a former successful product of the Scouting movement in Oliver. Across Canada new Groups were starting, and Scouts Canada decided the time was right to organize their own National Scout Jamboree, rather than sending youths to large gatherings elsewhere in the world. The stage was set.
We are indebted to one former Scout from this era, who is responsible for the single largest and most extensive donation of archival materials to arrive at any of our area museums. The John Boone collection represents a snapshot in time of everything than a Scout would have done in that era, everything that he would have seen, touched or done. Every scrap of paper that was used in the program is in the collection.
A complete uniform is part of the collection, along with many official Scout items of the era, such as a parka. The viewer might exhibit a wry smile upon looking at the badges sewn on the shirt. Some are stitched with precision, while others are somewhat haphazard. One can only guess which were attached by John and which were sewn by his Mother. There is a large section of photos, big and small, clearly identifying the date, the location and the people.
The variety of old documents is amazing. There are slips of paper (examiner forms) for every badge on the uniform. None of these have shown up yet in any of our other museums. In 1949, Boone was able to attend the first ever Canadian Scout jamboree, attended by 2500 Scouts from across Canada. It was held on the Connaught Ranges near Ottawa, and a large contingent of Scouts attended from the South Okanagan. The Boone collection identifies every attendee from the area along with an excellent range of memorabilia and documents. One item is unique, a Scout belt stamped with the logo of CJ49, a rarity among collectors of Scouting artifacts.
In 1951, with support from strong leadership, Boone achieved King’s Scout status, the highest award in Scouting. He was encouraged to take part in various Leadership programs being offered for the older youths in the rapidly expanding area. In 1954 Boone was Camp Leader at the International Camporee, a successful smaller scale International gathering that was run every year with Troops participating from Washington State and the southern interior of B.C. . The collection includes registration forms from every Troop participating in this Camporee, along with an extensive photo collection. Shortly after this, Boone left Scouting and Oliver to attend university and pursue a successful career in the medical profession.
The Scouting community is grateful to John Boone for carefully storing everything from his Scouting years, and for donating them to the Oliver & District Heritage Society more than sixty years later. A visitor can immerse himself in the era by taking the time to travel through the collection. The Boone collection will likely be a centrepiece of the Scouting display this summer at the Oliver Museum as we celebrate 110 years of Scouting in the District. Thank you, John!
Gerry Lamb copywrite
Colour photo by Gerry Lamb, with permission from John Boone
Black and white photo courtesy Oliver & District Heritage Society (Boone collection)
Dr. John Boone is the son of Harvey and Elsie Boone
Exposure to general public very low from case of COVID-19 at Okanagan Correctional Centre
Interior Health is actively following up on any individuals who had contact with an inmate at Okanagan Correctional Centre who has tested positive for COVID-19.
Interior Health’s Medical Health Officer is confident that the risk of exposure to the general public is low. The patient is receiving appropriate care, with necessary infection control precautions in place. Individuals in custody who may have been exposed are all being monitored; there are currently no signs of illness beyond the first patient. An investigation into any contacts or potential sources is underway.
OCC reports that all visits to the institution have been restricted since March 12 and any new inmates who entered the facility were isolated for 14 days.
Public Health is working with BC Corrections and the Provincial Health Services Authority to identify any individuals who may have had contact with the inmate. Follow up will occur to ensure they were or are not symptomatic and that appropriate self-isolation instructions are followed if indicated.
In accordance with the process established by Public Health, any individuals who may have had contact with the patient are being contacted directly, to ensure they are not symptomatic and that they have the resources to self-isolate for 14 days after last contact.