There were 30 new COVID-19 cases in the Boundary between Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, according to the BC Centre for Disease Control.

That was compared to 15 the previous week. Prior to that, no part of the West Kootenay/Boundary had hit double digits in several months.

Overall, there were 303 new cases in our region, up from 110 the previous reporting period.

There were 22 new cases in Grand Forks (up from 14) and eight in the Kettle Valley (up from one).

Trail was by far the hotspot with 121 new cases, compared to 26 the week before. Nelson had 69 (up from 31), Castlegar had 33 (up from 28), Creston had 29 (up from two), the Arrow Lakes 17 (up from eight), and Kootenay Lake four (up from zero).