The number of new COVID-19 cases in the Boundary was down a bit to kick off 2022, according to the latest figures from the BC Centre for Disease Control.
There were 21 new cases in Grand Forks between Jan. 2 and 8, compared to 22 the week before, and five in Kettle Valley, down from eight.
The situation was not as encouraging in the West Kootenay, which saw a couple of areas with significant increases.
The greatest jump was in Nelson, which led the region with 184 new cases, compared to 69 during the previous reporting period. Trail was also up substantially, with 178 new cases compared to 121 a week earlier.
But other parts of the region were either close to their previous totals or actually declined.
Castlegar had new 40 cases (up from 33), Creston 30 (up from 29), Arrow Lakes eight (down from 17), and Kootenay Lake four (unchanged).
Overall there were 470 new cases in our region, compared to 303 the week before.