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Boundary sees drop in new COVID-19 cases

The number of new COVID-19 cases in the Boundary was down to six last week.

The BC Centre for Disease Control figures cover Feb. 27 to March 5 and show three new cases in Grand Forks (down from four) and three in Kettle Valley (down from seven).

In the West Kootenay there were 73 new cases overall, down from 111. Every community was either down or unchanged from the previous week.

The greatest drop was in Trail, which had 21 new cases, down from 42.

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Nelson had 30 cases (down from 33), Castlegar 14 (down from 18), Creston seven (down from 15), Arrow Lakes one (unchanged), and Kootenay Lake zero (down from two).

Since the pandemic began, there have been at least 667 cases in the Boundary (444 in Grand Forks and 223 in Kettle Valley).

In the West Kootenay there have been a minimum of 4,620 cases, broken down as follows: Nelson 1,778, Trail 1,270, Castlegar 671, Creston 641, Arrow Lakes 168, and Kootenay Lake 74.

However, the true totals are believed to be much higher because in recent months not everyone has been able to get tested.

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