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New COVID cases in the Boundary stand at nine

The Boundary saw at least nine new cases of COVID-19 between May 15 and 21, according to the BC Centre for Disease Control. Six of those were in Grand Forks (unchanged from the previous week) and three in Kettle Valley (up from zero).

For the first time in many weeks, the Nelson area is not the region’s COVID-19 hotspot. There were five new cases in around Nelson, a marked drop from 18 the previous week.

However, Trail had at least 10 new cases, up from six, and this week an outbreak was declared at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital. The Trail Times reports 15 confirmed cases as of Thursday.

Other local communities saw little or no change. Creston had seven (up from six), Arrow Lakes three (unchanged), Castlegar two (down from four), and Kootenay Lake zero (unchanged).

In all, there were at least 27 new cases in the West Kootenay (down from 37) but the totals do not include people who self-test.

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