For the third week in a row, there were no new COVID-19 cases diagnosed in Castlegar.
The latest data released by the BC Centre for Disease Control shows that for the week of Jan. 17-23 there were no new cases in town. It also shows there were no new cases in Nelson, Salmo, Grand Forks, Arrow Lakes and Creston and just one new case in Trail.
The cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases from January through December 2020 for Castlegar was 18, Nelson/Salmo had 53 and Trail had 16.
The Kootenay Boundary health service area saw four new cases for the week of Jan. 22-28, 2021 and seven new cases for the week of Jan. 8-14, 2021 bringing the total cases since Jan. 1, 2020 to 200.
The Kootenay Boundary region continues to have one of the lowest COVID-19 positive rates in the province.
There has been a recent spike in the East Kootenay health service area however, primarily centered around Fernie. For the week of Jan. 22-28, 2021 the region had 61 new positive cases, bringing their total cases to 348. As of Jan. 29, The Fernie cluster had reached 91 cases.
The BCCDC only updates cumulative health service area (Kootenay Boundary region) figures monthly and local health area (city) numbers weekly, but one week behind.