The latest deaths also bring the death toll in the province to 200.
Gustafson said the most recent victims were both residents of long-term care homes in the Fraser Health area, which stretches from Burnaby to Hope.
“Our sincere condolences to all of those who lost friends and loved ones during the COVID pandemic,” she said.
However, British Columbia has also seen a significant increase in COVID-19 recoveries, with 96 people having been cleared of the disease since Wednesday’s update.
This drops the number of active cases in the province from 798 to 780.
The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 also remains fairly stable and low. Officials said there were 11 people in the hospital on Thursday, an increase from their previous update. This total includes four people in intensive care or intensive care units.
But while much of the recent surge in cases has involved younger people in their 20s and 30s, Gustafson said officials are now “seeing a slight increase” in infections involving people between the ages of 40 and 60. .
“We are closely monitoring this trend because we know that the risk of serious illness increases with age,” she added. “And the two new deaths in long-term care facilities reflect of course the vulnerability of this population to serious illnesses from COVID-19[FEMININE”[FEMININE »
Officials also announced a new community outbreak at a Loblaws Inc. distribution center in Surrey, where nine people have already tested positive.
“Fraser Health’s public health teams are on hand to manage this cluster,” said Gustafson.
The health authority said the warehouse was operating at its normal capacity and noted that there was “no demonstrated evidence” that COVID-19 is a foodborne illness.
In more positive news, Gustafson said all cases associated with the outbreak in Haida Gwaii are considered fully recovered.
However, the epidemic has not been declared over, and health teams are still monitoring any new infections that may appear.
Gustafson and Dix had no new outbreaks to report in healthcare settings, although authorities are still battling eight existing outbreaks in long-term care homes and assisted living facilities, as well as one in a nursing home unit. acute care.
As cases increase in British Columbia, Dix noted that the province is increasing its testing capacity, with increased staffing and increased hours at several sites in the Lower Mainland.
A new testing center has already opened in Vancouver, with more coming to North Vancouver, Surrey and Fraser Northwest “in the coming weeks,” Dix said.