Friday’s update, given by Dr Bonnie Henry’s press release, said more people had not died from the virus since Thursday’s update.
The death toll remains at 195.
Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix say the update brings the total number of British Columbia cases to 3,934 patients who have tested positive or who are epidemiologically linked to positive cases since the start of the pandemic.
Among the cases reported on Friday, three were linked to the ear.
British Columbia health officials announced a total of 293 confirmed cases as of Friday afternoon alone.
“Like a wildfire, COVID-19 has the potential to quickly burn out of control and we need to put out those outbreaks,” Dix and Henry said in the Friday statement.
Henry said earlier this week that many recent cases have involved patients exposed in the past two weeks and the increase was not unexpected.
Several of the cases are linked to small gatherings, travel and workplace exhibits, she said.
She added that the days following the August long weekend could lead to future spikes as people who attended BC Day rallies could spread the virus without knowing it.
“In all of these cases, the common factors are really the same: It’s about what we do when we are in close contact with people. ”
There are currently 386 active cases in British Columbia, the highest number since mid-May. Eleven of them are currently hospitalized, and four patients require intensive care.
The rest are recovering at home, officials said.
“Today, more than 1,500 people in our province are self-isolating, unable to leave their homes unless it is to seek medical care, because they have COVID-19 or have been exposed to high risk for the virus, ”Dix and Henry said. .
“Along with our increased interactions, there is a need to make sure that we are taking the necessary steps to protect ourselves and those around us… Now is not the time to relax and let our guard down. ”
Health officials say 3,353 are considered recovered.
Earlier today, a new outbreak at a health care facility was announced in the Fraser Health Region, bringing the total number of outbreaks in long-term care, assisted living and nursing homes to six. acute care.
Among the confirmed cases in British Columbia, Fraser Health recorded the highest number.
As of Friday, 2,069 cases were known to be in the health authority area. A further 1,167 cases were reported in the Vancouver Coastal Health coverage area, and 147 in the Island Health region.
There were 389 in the domestic health sector and 69 in the northern health sector.