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Kootenay/Boundary sees increase in new COVID-19 cases

Nelson has eight COVID-19 cases while Castlegar and Trail have four and Grand Forks three. — BCCDC image

Like the rest of the province, Interior Health is also seeing an increase in new COVID-19 cases.

Ending of April 3, 2021 the BC Centre of Disease Control Geographic Distribution map shows an influx of new COVID-19 cases, with the Windermere region in the East Kootenay topping the Kootenay/Boundary with 24.

Revelstoke, in the Columbia region, is listed with 25 new COVID-19 cases.

Fernie has 13 COVID-19 cases while Creston and Nelson each reporting eight.

Castlegar, Trail and Grand Forks report four, four and three, respectively with Kootenay Lake checking in with two COVID-19 cases.

Kettle Valley, Arrow Lakes and Kimberley each have zero COVID-19 cases.

In the Thompson/Okanagan regions, Central Okanagan (Kelowna area) has 214 while Kamloops has 48 and Vernon 33.

South Okanagan has 15 COVID-19 cases.

Wednesday, in a media release, Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer said the province recorded 997 new cases, including eight epi-linked cases, for a total of 106,985 cases in British Columbia.

There were 356 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 465 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 67 in the Island Health region, 91 in the Interior Health region, 18 in the Northern Health region.

Dr. Henry said there are currently 3,766 confirmed COVID-19 cases that are variants of concern in our province.

“Additional whole genome sequencing has not been completed since the last report,” Dr. Henry said.

“Of the total cases, 266 are active and the remaining people have recovered. This includes 2,837 cases of the B.1.1.7 (U.K.) variant, 51 cases of the B.1.351 (South Africa) variant and 878 cases of the P.1 (Brazil) variant.”

“The COVID-19 pandemic has proven to be ever changing, and we are also continuing to evolve and adapt our pandemic response,” Dr. Henry added.

“As part of this, we are actively monitoring and screening for all of the virus strains to understand how they may impact us and what additional action may be required to keep our communities safe.”

Tuesday, the province reported 1,068 new COVID-19 cases and more than 1,000 each day over Easter Holiday weekend.