B.C. health officials have identified five new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, and have added four epidemologically linked cases to B.C.'s case total.
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry presented updated case data in a presentation to media on Thursday.
Part of that presentation was the revelation of four new epidemiologically linked cases, including three on Vancouver Island. The data goes back to May 19, but Henry said all of those cases have since recovered.
Of the province's now 2,632 cases, 909 have been in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,334 have been in Fraser Health, 130 in Vancouver Island Health, 195 in Interior Health and 64 in Northern Health.
Six outbreaks at long-term care homes remain active, and cases at long-term care homes, assisted living facilities and acute care centres account for 557 of the province's cases, including 340 residents and 217 staff.
Henry also announced one new community outbreak, at a warming centre in the Fraser Health region, which has produced three cases of COVID-19.
Only two of B.C.'s health regions now have hospitalized patients. There are currently 11 in hospital in the Vancouver Coastal Health region and 15 in the Fraser Health region. Six patients are in critical care.
Among the new data presented on Thursday was a slightly more detailed breakdown of where cases have occurred in the province.
In the Thompson Cariboo Shuswap region of Interior Health, in which Kamloops is the largest city, there has been 65 cases. Per capita, it is the hardest hit region in the Interior, although the Okanagan has seen more cases in total at 97.
In the past two weeks, there were two new cases in Thompson Cariboo Shuswap, one in Okanagan and two in Kootenay Boundary, however all of those cases have since recovered.
The hardest hit region in B.C. is in the Fraser East region with 367 cases and more than 100 cases per 100,000 people.
Henry also outlined the work of public health's contact tracers, who have conducted more than 12,342 investigations to date.
Prior to March 15, public health conducted 1,257 investigations and traced 1,150 contacts and found that people had an average of 10.7 contacts each. The agency reached 99.3 per cent of all contacts and two per cent became secondary cases.
However after March 15, public health conducted 11,085 investigations and traced 8,665 contacts. Of those, it reached 98 per cent and found that 7.4 per cent of those became secondary cases.
It also found that after March 15, people had an average of 3.6 contacts per case, likely due to the restrictions Henry imposed around that time.