The number of new COVID-19 cases in the Boundary was about the same on the latest reporting period as in the previous week.
The BC Centre for Disease Control says between Jan. 30 and Feb. 5, there were 20 new cases in the Grand Forks area (up from 17) and 11 in Kettle Valley (up from nine) for a total of 31.
Region-wide there were at least 413 new cases in our region, although the actual numbers are thought to be a lot higher because testing has reached its limit. Most places were down slightly or held about steady.
Nelson continued to have the highest number of cases, with 133, down from 144 the previous week. Trail had 109 (down from 124), Castlegar 74 (up from 61), Creston 49 (down from 53), Arrow Lakes three (up from two), and Kootenay Lake three (unchanged).
Since the pandemic began, there have been at least 5,268 cases in the region broken down as follows: Nelson 1,778, Trail 1,270, Castlegar 671, Creston 640, Grand Forks 444, Kettle Valley 223, Arrow Lakes 168, and Kootenay Lake 74.