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British Columbia confirmed 22 new cases of the novel coronavirus and one new death on Wednesday.

It is the largest single-day jump in new cases since May 8, and comes two weeks after B.C. began Phase 2 of its economic restart plan.

The death reported Wednesday was at the Langley Lodge long-term care facility, where 23 people have lost their lives to COVID-19.

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It brings the total number of confirmed cases in the province to 2,623, more than 85 per cent of whom have recovered.

B.C. has recorded 166 COVID-19 fatalities, and the province continues to monitor 214 active cases of the virus. Thirty-two of those patients are in hospital, seven of them in intensive care.

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Outbreaks at two additional residential care facilities have been declared over, leaving just six ongoing outbreaks in long-term care or assisted living.

Four outbreaks are in the Fraser Health region, while two are in Vancouver Coastal Health region.

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The province is monitoring seven outbreaks in the community.

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