B.C. health officials say 534 people are now in hospital with COVID-19 — more than at any other time during the pandemic — with 102 in intensive care, as the province reported seven more deaths from the disease and 2,554 new cases on Thursday.
On Monday evening, the Vancouver School Board voted seven-to-two to begin the school closure process for Queen Elizabeth Annex. It’s the fourth time since 2008 the small elementary school has been put forward for closure.
An order set to expire at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday was updated so that it remains in effect until Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry addresses the matter in a press briefing on Tuesday afternoon, B.C.'s health minister said.
An elementary school in the city of Armstrong, in B.C.'s Interior, will remain closed this week as teachers refuse to work due to a high number of students not wearing masks amid a surge of COVID-19 cases.