The latest B.C. COVID-19 numbers: 4,196 cases, 3,469 recovered, 196 deaths

With 85 new cases of COVID-19 announced on Wednesday, the province has seen its largest jump in cases since March 25, and the third highest ever number of new cases over 24 hours.

Wednesday's statement from the province also noted one additional death, for a total of 196 people in B.C. who have now died to COVID-19.

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The jump in new cases has also added to the province's already high total of active cases, with 531 people across the province now with COVID-19.

The province dipped under 200 active cases in early June and held there until mid-July.

The number of test-positive patients in hospital, however, remains low, with eight hospitalized and five of those in critical care.

Only one of the new cases announced Wednesday was in the Interior Health region, giving the region a total of 394 cases since the pandemic began.

Elsewhere, by health authority, there have been 1,273 cases in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 2,203 in Fraser Health, 150 in Vancouver Island Health, 104 in Northern Health and 72 cases among those who reside outside Canada.

No new community or health-care facility outbreaks were announced on Wednesday.

In total, 3,469 people have fully recovered of the total 4,196 cases to date.

The province also announced that it will hire 500 additional contact tracers.

"We are watching the cases climb, which is concerning. We need everyone to recommit to using the skills we've learned. Keep gatherings small, have a designated 'contact keeper,' limit time with others, maintain physical distance and always stay home if you're feeling unwell," reads a statement released Wednesday afternoon by Health Minister Adrian Dix and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.

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