Health officials have announced an additional two deaths and 20 cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours in B.C.
With two more deaths in the province, a total of 173 people have now died in the province. The deaths announced Thursday occurred at long-term care homes in the Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health regions.
One new case reported on Thursday was a teacher in the Fraser Health region. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said no students were exposed and that when the decision was made for in-class instruction to resume, cases such as these were expected and prepared for. The new case is the second involving a school worker.
Of the province's now 2,869 cases since the pandemic began, 179 cases are active, with 15 people in hospital and seven of those in critical care.
By health authority region, there have been 1,504 cases in Fraser Health, 970 cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, 199 cases in Interior Health, 131 cases in Vancouver Island Health and 65 cases in Northern Health.
There remain eight active outbreaks, including five at health-care faciltiies and two in communities.
A total of 2,517 people have now fully recovered.
Responding to a question about the NHL reportedly no longer considering Vancouver as a possible hub city, Henry said she was "disappointed," but reitered that the province would not compromise its priorities of the health of people and players in the province.
"We made that very clear. We also made it very clear we would absolutely partner with the NHL to make sure the health of the players and the people in British Columbia, if Vancouver was a hub city, would be paramount, as well," she said.