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New Boundary COVID cases down by almost half

New COVID-19 cases in the Boundary dropped by nearly 50 per cent from Feb. 6 to 12, new statistics from the BC Centre for Disease Control suggest.

The true figures are believed to be significantly higher, because testing capacity has reached its limits, but these minimum totals may provide some indication of the general trend.

They show 14 cases in Grand Forks, down from 20, and two cases in Kettle Valley, down from 11, for a total of 16.

In the West Kootenay there were a total of 283 new cases in the region, down from 372 the week before.

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Nelson had the most with 99, compared to 133 the week before. Trail had 84 (down from 109), Castlegar 54 (down from 74), Creston 34 (down from 49), and Arrow Lakes two (down from three).

Kootenay Lake was the only area to see an increase, rising from three to eight.

Since the pandemic began, Grand Forks has a minimum of 444 cases and Kettle Valley 223.

Nelson has had at least 1,778 cases, Trail 1,270, Castlegar 671, Creston 641, Arrow Lakes 168, and Kootenay Lake 74.

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