COVID-19: Three more exposure alerts in British Columbia schools


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British Columbia health officials are reporting three more incidents of COVID-19 exposure in public schools.

Fraser Health says one person infected with COVID-19 attended Harry Sayers Elementary School in Abbotsford on September 14 and 15, while another infected person attended Ten-Broeck Elementary School in Abbotsford on September 17.

Interior Health, meanwhile, issued an exhibition notice for Rossland Summit School, which confirmed only one case on Monday.

Those who may have potentially been exposed to the COVID-19 virus are advised to monitor themselves for common symptoms.

Of the 31 total exposure notices for schools in British Columbia, 21 were in the Fraser Health area, and 15 in the Surrey school district alone.

There have been five school-based exposure incidents at Vancouver Coastal Health, but the health region lists only one, Sentinel Secondary in West Vancouver, from September 14 to 18, on its website.

Parents of students at four other schools in the Vancouver Coastal Health area – Hastings Elementary in Vancouver, McMath Secondary in Richmond, Collingwood Independent in West Vancouver, and West Vancouver Secondary – have received letters revealing an exhibit in these areas. schools, but the VCH says it only issues public exposure notifications when it is unable to directly reach any close contacts in a timely manner. This approach flies in the face of an executive order from Dr. Bonnie Henry, the provincial health official, which says all health regions must post notices for all schools that have had incidents of COVID-19 exposure.

“We expect Vancouver Coastal to buy into what everyone else is doing,” Henry said Monday.

Meanwhile, Interior Health has had three school exposures, Northern Health has had two, and Island Health has yet to issue a school exposure notice.

Despite the exposures, the Department of Health says no outbreaks have been declared in schools in British Columbia because there has been no evidence of transmission of the virus on school property.

Click here for an updated list of school district exposure alerts.

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