According to the BC Centre of Disease Control weekly map detailing cases in specific areas of the province — April 11-17 — the Heritage City is the hotspot for COVID-19 cases in the Kootenay Boundary.
The BCCDC Geographic Distribution of COVID-19 by Local Health Area of Case Residence map shows Nelson topping the count for the past week with 20 cases.
The week prior, the Heritage City has 13 new COVID-19 cases.
Windermere, in the East Kootenay, dropped from 34 to 14 while Kimberley saw an increase to 17 cases.
Cranbrook reported 15 cases while Fernie had four, Golden three and one in Creston.
In the West Kootenay, Trail reported 12 while Castlegar and Grand Forks had four and three, respectively.
Kettle Valley and Kootenay Lake each had one case while Arrow Lakes reports zero cases.
Rosemont Elementary continues to be reported on the BCCDC website with a public school exposure in SD8 Kootenay Lake — potential exposure on April 8-9 & 12-13.
There has also been a potential exposure reported at J.V. Humphries in Kaslo on April 8-9.
In Kootenay Columbia District, J. Lloyd Crowe reported an COVID-19 exposure on April 9 & 13.
There were no reports of exposures in SD 51 Boundary.
Wednesday, BC reported 862 new COVID-19 cases, for a total of 121,751 cases in the province.
There were 200 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 557 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 25 in the Island Health region, 54 in the Interior Health region, 26 in the Northern Health region and no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.
Sadly, seven more people died from COVID-19.
The Public Health office said of the active cases, 483 individuals are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 — a new high — including 164 of whom are in intensive care.
The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.
The surge is putting pressure on front-line healthcare workers said Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix in a prepared email statement Wednesday.
"This is the result of our individual and collective actions from two weeks ago,” Dr. Henry and Dix said.
What we do today will determine how we fare two weeks from now.”
"It is the small, simple things we do every day that make a difference – washing our hands, wearing a mask, staying away from others and not travelling if we do not need to,” they added.
“And the time to do that is now."
On the vaccine front, 1,456,946 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-SII COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 88,335 of which are second doses.
"For each person who gets vaccinated, we are all safer,” Dr. Henry said.
“When your turn comes up for one of the three vaccines, it is your turn to go. We strongly urge you to book your appointment as soon as you can. This is one of the important ways for you to do your part.
The province said people 30 years and older are now eligible to register for a vaccine in our age-based program on the Get Vaccinated website. People aged 40 and up are also now eligible to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine at their local pharmacy or through special clinics in 13 high-risk communities.
The variant case count in BC on the BCCDC website.