Dr. Henry adds that the total number of cases across the province now sits at 3,881, with 371 active cases and a recovery rate of 85 per cent.
Province-wide, 47 new cases were announced, including one epi-linked case. "But we know where these transmission events are happening and overall the transmission we have seen across B.C.is low and that is because of the measures we have taken".
There are now 386 active cases in B.C., the highest number since mid-May. There are 10 cases among crew members of a USA -registered marine vessel and there is an exposure event at Lions Bay Beach Park. Anyone who was at the park between July 26 and July 31 is asked to limit their time with others, monitor for symptoms and contact 811 to get tested if symptoms appear. There are two new health care outbreaks as of Thursday, both with one case identified in a staff member.
Dr. Bonnie Henry says the cost of keeping schools closed is too high and they can be opened safely.
Henry said earlier this week numerous recent cases are in patients who were exposed in the last two weeks, and that the increase is not unexpected.
His tweet came in response to Health Minister Adrian Dix's claim that he couldn't "imagine being more concerned" than he is now, amid rising numbers of COVID-19 cases across B.C.
The BC Centre for Disease Control says passengers on a Delta flight on July 29 from Seattle to Vancouver and a flight from San Francisco to Vancouver on August 1 may be at risk.
Cases by health region since the start of the pandemic: 1,143 in Vancouver Coastal; 2,045 in Fraser; 146 in Vancouver Island; 385 in Interior; 93 in Northern; and 69 involving people who reside outside of Canada.
This is a developing story.