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Kootenay Boundary COVID-19 cases on downward trend

The Geographic Distribution of COVID-19 by Local Health Area of Case Residence map, for May 2-8, 2021, is released every Wednesday.

New COVID-19 cases in Kootenay Boundary have decreased according to the release Wednesday of the B.C. Centre of Disease Control website of the Geographic Distribution of COVID-19 by Local Health Area of Case Residence map.

The map, one of the many graphics on the BC Centre of Disease Control website, shows the highest numbers of COVID-19 cases in Golden (12) and Nelson (10).

The Geographic Distribution of COVID-19 by Local Health Area of Case Residence map, for May 2-8, 2021, is released every Wednesday.

Cranbook is listed with seven COVID-19 cases while Creston and Windermere, each has six and Fernie five. Kimberley has zero reported cases.

In the West Kootenay, Arrow Lakes reports six COVID-19 cases while Castlegar and Trail each report four.

In the Boundary Region, both Grand Forks and Kettle Valley report zero cases.

From April 25-May 1, 2021, Golden had 16 cases and Nelson and Cranbrook each had 15.

Wednesday, BC reported 600 new COVID-19 cases as the active caseload dropped below 6,000 for the first time since March.

The rolling seven-day caseload for the province increased to 612 per day.

Most of the cases continue to be reported in Fraser (394) and Vancouver Coastal (150) health regions.

Interior Health reported 39 new COVID-19 cases while Vancouver Island had eight and Northern Region nine.

Warning for members of the public not paying COVID-19 tickets

Wednesday, the province is looking to have people not paying COVID-19 fines possibility be unable to obtain or renew a B.C. driver’s licence or vehicle licence under proposed introduced legislation.

If passed, proposed amendments to the Motor Vehicle Act will extend “refuse to issue” (RTI) restrictions to fines issued under the Emergency Program Act and COVID-19 Related Measures Act. RTI will apply to all outstanding fines issued under these acts and will be applied retroactively. People with outstanding fines will receive notice of the RTI from ICBC ahead of their driver’s licence expiry and vehicle license renewal. These amendments will come into force on July 1, 2021.

British Columbians will still have payment options available to them:

People with COVID-19 fines are able to request the court lower the fine if they lack the means to pay.

Repayment arrangements can be requested and will be considered by ICBC depending on financial and hardship needs.

RTI decisions can also be appealed to the superintendent of motor vehicles to be reviewed on any grounds including hardship.