The latest B.C. COVID-19 numbers: 2,694 cases, 2,344 recovered, 167 deaths

There has not been a new case in the Interior Health region since May 27, and no active cases in the region since June 3

B.C. health officials have identified 14 new cases of COVID-19 in the province in the past 24 hours.

That brings the total number of infected in B.C. to 2,694.

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Of those, 917 have been in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,386 in Fraser Health, 130 in Vancouver Island Health, 195 in Interior Health and 66 in Northern Health.

There has not been a new case in the Interior Health region since May 27, and no active cases in the region since June 3.

The province also hit its sixth straight day with no news deaths due to the disease. In all, 167 have died due to COVID-19 since it first emerged in B.C. in January.

With 2,344 now recovered, there are 183 active cases, with 13 in hospital and five of those in critical care.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry had no new outbreaks to announce. Five outbreaks remain active in long-term care centres/assisted living facilities and six are active in communities.

One community outbreak, with a cluster of cases linked to the Kearl Lake work site in Alberta, could be declared over next week, Henry said.

Henry also discussed recent revisions to public health orders regarding restaurants. She said rather than a blanket 50 per cent capacity limitation, the limit will now account for additional patio space.

The revised order also clarifies the use of barriers, puts restrictions on self-serve areas and buffets and calls upon restaurants to identify choke points where people may congregate.

During Thursday's briefing, a distraught Henry also expressed her dismay for the death toll of B.C.'s other provincial health emergency — the opioid crisis.

In May alone, there were 170 overdose deaths and over the past three months, 401 have died by overdose.

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