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New Boundary COVID cases hold steady

The number of new COVID-19 cases in the Boundary was about the same in the latest reporting period,  but the West Kootenay saw another spike.

The latest figures from the BC Centre for Disease Control, covering Jan. 9 to 15, indicate Grand Forks had 23 new cases, up from 21 the week before, and Kettle Valley had one, down from five.

Regionally, Nelson had the sharpest jump, recording 232 new cases compared to 184 the week before.

Trail was next highest with 138 new cases, although that was actually down from 178 from Jan. 2 to 8. Castlegar had 69 new cases (up from 40). Other parts of our region held steady or were down slightly.

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Creston had 27 new cases (down from 30), Arrow Lakes three (down from eight), and Kootenay Lake three (down from four).

The total number stood at 496, up from 470.

The true numbers, however, are thought to be three to four times higher, as local testing has reached capacity.

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