The latest B.C. COVID-19 numbers: 3,336 cases, 2,888 recovered, 189 deaths

Of the 34 new cases announced in B.C. on Wednesday, 13 were in the Interior Health region, which has now seen 304 cases in total and 101 new cases since July 7

There are now 70 cases stemming from multiple COVID-19 exposures in Kelowna in late June and early July, with many cases requiring contact tracing for 20 to 30 people.

Of the 34 new cases announced in B.C. on Wednesday, 13 were in the Interior Health region, which has now seen 304 cases in total and 101 new cases since July 7.

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There are now 285 active cases in B.C., with 17 in hospital and three patients in critical care.

The recent uptick, which Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has called "concerning," has led to new public health orders, tightening restrictions around how bars and night clubs can continue operating.

The new guidelines include no liquor self-service, no dancing, designated seating for patrons and changes to requirements for events.

Henry said new cases related to Kelowna exposures have required contact tracing for between 20 to 30 people, leading to more than 1,000 in the province now required to self-isolate due to potential exposure.

"I don't believe it's because we've opened too soon," Henry said when asked if the province is moving too quickly through its restart plan.

"We've proven we know how to do this, and now each of us needs to do our piece to make that happen," she said.

Henry reminded people to practice safe physical distancing and to visit outside rather than inside, noting that people should choose quieter spots if they visit the beach or lake and to keep away from other groups.

In all, there have been 3,362 cases of COVID-19 in B.C. as of Wednesday. By health region, there have been 1,049 in Vancouver Coastal Health, 1,742 in Fraser Health, 141 in Vancouver Island Health, 304 in Interior Health, 69 in Northern Health and 57 cases among those who reside outside Canada.

With no new deaths announced Wednesday, B.C.'s tally stands at 189 dead and 2,888 fully recovered.

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