Archives for July 15, 2021
79.4% (3,681,088) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have
received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and
48.6% (2,253,818) received their second dose.
In addition, 80.5% (3,481,176) of all eligible adults in B.C. have received their first dose and
51.9% (2,246,289) received their second dose.
B.C. is reporting 54 new cases of COVID-19 today
There are currently 650 active cases of COVID-19 in the province.
63 individuals are currently in hospital and 12 are in intensive care.
The new/active cases include:
* 19 new cases in Fraser Health
* Total active cases: 168
* 9 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health
* Total active cases: 258
* 20 new cases in Interior Health
* Total active cases: 161
* 1 new case in Northern Health
* Total active cases: 28
* 5 new cases in Island Health
* Total active cases: 29
* 0 new cases of people who reside outside of Canada
* Total active cases: six
In the past 24 hours, one new death (Vancouver Coastal Health) has been reported, for an overall total of 1,761.
“Any help to increase the supply of domestic farm workers at the Loose Bay work camp is appreciated. The facility improvements look good, the residents are co-operating and it is altogether a good scene, with a safe and clean place for workers to stay with all of the facilities in place.”
Karla Kozakevich, chair, Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen –
“Fruit trees and vines are an essential component of our economy in the South Okanagan, and we consider our domestic temporary workers a crucial and appreciated resource in maintaining that part of the food supply system. In providing seasonal accommodations at Loose Bay Campground, we can assist our farmers in a meaningful way. This support from the Province will allow us to make improvements that will help keep our agricultural workers safe, comfortable and available for service, not only during the COVID-19 protocols, but for many years into the future.”
VICTORIA – Fresh fruit from the Okanagan and Creston Valley will continue to be on the tables of British Columbians this year, as support for work camp accommodations for seasonal fruit pickers has been extended through the 2021 harvest season.
The B.C. government is investing $652,000 so work camps meet COVID-19 health and safety requirements in Loose Bay (Oliver) and Summerland. These work camps have modified their operations, infrastructure and layout to protect worker, employer and public health, and hired an on-site co-ordinator to conduct and implement COVID-19 safety training and protocols, as well as supporting daily health checks.
“This funding will help provide a safe, secure workforce for the harvest of Okanagan cherries and apples,” said Pinder Dhaliwal, president, BC Fruit Growers’ Association. “The youth workers who come from Quebec and other provinces, including B.C., will be able to camp in a COVID-19 safe environment, and the industry appreciates the provincial contribution to help keep the farm-worker campsites open at the Oliver, Summerland and Creston locations during these times of COVID-19, helping us to ensure the harvest of our amazing B.C. cherries and apples.”
The 2021 extension follows a $422,000 investment as part of the Province’s COVID-19 response in 2020. Last year, there were no COVID-19 cases at any organized work camps. The ongoing efforts are a partnership between the B.C. and local governments, Interior Health and the B.C. Fruit Growers Association, to support the safe harvest of B.C. crops, as well as the province’s agriculture sector, economy and food security.
Stage 2 Water Use Restrictions are now in effect for Town of Oliver Water System customers. This includes properties within the:
– Town of OIiver
– Portions of RDOS Electoral Area ‘C’
Under Stage 2, residents are asked to restrict their irrigating to two days a week using even and odd house numbering as a guideline. This applies to all In-Town and Rural water customers that use domestic groundwater and surface (canal) water for irrigation. By being waterwise now and making small adjustments we can help safeguard that we will have enough water for our summer water needs.
Odd Numbered Houses – Wednesday and Saturday
Even Numbered Houses – Tuesday and Friday
At this time agricultural customers (farm status) may continue to water to maintain the health of their crops but are being asked to voluntarily reduce consumption by an additional 20% (total 30%), by monitoring for leaks and reducing watering during the heat of the day if possible.
EOC Update: Evacuation ORDER due to the Brenda Creek wildfire in Electoral Area H July 15, 2021 4:30am
Published: July 15, 2021
Pursuant to the Emergency Program Act, an Evacuation ORDER has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) due to immediate danger to life safety due to the Brenda Creek wildfire, south of Brenda Mine wildfire, in Electoral Area “H”.
Central Okanagan Search & Rescue and RCMP will be expediting this action.
Check RDOS website for a complete list of evacuated homes and locations.