The updated numbers released Friday, in a written statement from Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix, marked the second straight day with fewer than 600 reported cases - a small glimmer of hope following a six-day stretch in which B.C. averaged 675 cases a day, setting several new one-day records.
Broken down by health region, the new cases equate to 148 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 294 in the Fraser Health region, 17 in the Island Health region, 31 in the Interior Health region, and 25 in the Northern Health region.
Of the active cases, 217 are in hospital, 59 of whom are receiving intensive care.
Currently, 10,002 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases and 17,477 people who tested positive have recovered. One more person died, bringing B.C.'s death toll from COVID-19 to 321.
Since the pandemic began, B.C. has recorded a total of 25,474 cases of COVID-19.
Henry and Dix also announced three new outbreaks of the coronavirus in health-care facilities, at Agecare Harmony Court Care Centre in Burnaby, Discovery Harbour Care in Campbell River and Youville Residence in Vancouver.
This means the original orders regarding social gatherings, namely that they are only allowed within your immediate household, now apply to the entire province.
"We are all feeling the strain of COVID-19", Henry added.
High-risk indoor group fitness activities, including high intensity interval training, hot yoga and spin classes are suspended as well. It is not about community boundaries, it is about only going where we really need to right now.