B.C. health officials have announced 155 new cases and one further death due to COVID-19 over the past 24 hours.
A new community outbreak in the Interior Health region has also been announced, at the Tim Hortons restaurant in Merritt at 3340 River Ranch Rd. The location had been temporarily closed prior to the outbreak being reported by the province.
The Interior Health region had three new cases reported on Friday, now totalling 590 since the pandemic began.
Elsewhere in the province there have been 4,036 cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, 5,884 in Fraser Health, 240 in Vancouver Island Health, 350 in Northern Health and 89 among those who reside outside Canada.
The death announced on Friday is the province's 251st.
There are now 1,513 active cases of COVID-19 in B.C., with 72 people in hospital and 26 of those in critical care. Another 3,713 people — an all-time high — are under active public health monitoring due to exposure to confirmed cases.
To date, 9,387 people have recovered of now 11,189 confirmed cases.
Interior Health investigating Tim Hortons cluster
Interior Health says it is conducting contact tracing related to a cluster of cases at the Merritt Tim Hortons on River Ranch Road, but that there has been "no COVID-19 exposure to the general public."
"All confirmed cases are isolating and contact investigation is underway. There is no risk to the general public," reads a notice sent to media Friday afternoon.
The owner has closed the location voluntarily and is co-operating with Interior Health.
As a result of the outbreak, Interior Health says it will increase testing capacity in Merritt, but said testing is not required for anyone who does not have symptoms of COVID-19.
Those involved can use the province's self-assessment tool, online at bc.thrive.health/covid19.