A secondary school in northwestern B.C., and an independent school in Surrey are the first in the province to close due to staff shortages since the Omicron wave began.
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.
B.C. health officials reported 819 people in hospital with COVID-19 on Monday, including 99 in intensive care, as the province recorded 22 more deaths from the disease and 5,625 new cases over the weekend.