With 78 new cases of COVID-19 identified over the past 24 hours, the province has recorded its fifth highest daily new case count since the pandemic began.
The total follows Wednesday’s third-highest count of 85 and continues a recent spike in new cases in B.C.
By health authority, there have now been 2,242 cases in Fraser, 1,306 cases in Vancouver Coastal, 398 cases in Interior (an increase of four cases), 150 cases in Island, 106 cases in Northern and 72 cases among those who reside outside Canada.
No new deaths were reported on Thursday, with the total COVID-19 death count in B.C. remaining at 196.
Data presented by Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry on Thursday showed increased infection rates among the 20-29 and 30-39 age groups during the third phase of B.C.'s restart plan.
"This is, again, related to some of the social events," she said, noting the figure also includes some workplace exposure events and health care workers.
A number of those cases belong to the Kelowna cluster, which has slowed significantly since the end of July.
The province now has 578 active cases, with nine people in hospital and four of those in critical care.henry
A total of 3,500 people fully recovered of the 4,274 confirmed cases since the pandemic began.
Henry also reported a new outbreak at Okanagan Correctional Centre, with three staff infected as health officials continue to investigate. That facility, located north of Oliver, had its first outbreak declared over on April 20.