British Columbia reported 234 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, the ninth consecutive day the province has added more than 200 cases to its total.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix also reported one new death, bringing B.C.’s death toll to 262. The person who died was a senior who became infected at a small birthday party with fewer than 10 attendees, Henry said.

Thursday’s briefing took place in Surrey, reflecting that the bulk of B.C.’s new cases have been recorded in the Fraser Health region.

“Many of the new cases we have today are directly linked to gatherings in our homes and elsewhere, and are now resulting in community transmission of COVID-19 across the province,” Henry said.

The number of people in isolation due to possible exposure continued its upward climb, reaching a new record of 5,714.

Henry urged people to stick to small groups, with a preference to immediate family only and to gather outdoors in an area such as a restaurant with a COVID-19 safety plan in place.

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