81 Exposures in Metro Vancouver in Last 2 Weeks – –

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81 Exposures in Metro Vancouver in Last 2 Weeks – –


VANCOUVER – As new cases of COVID-19 continue to decline in British Columbia, exposures to the coronavirus in metro Vancouver schools are becoming less common, but they still happen.

Currently, 81 schools in the Lower Mainland are listed on exhibit websites operated by Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health.

This is a slight decrease from the number of active exhibitions in local schools at the same time last week, but a significant drop from the number seen in mid-May.

Schools are added to health authority lists when a member of the school community tests positive for COVID-19 and was in school during their infectious period. Letters are being sent home to all members of the school community informing them of the exposure, and health officials are directly contacting those who were close contacts of the infected person.

A school remains on the list for up to 14 days after its most recent exhibition date.

As of Friday, 60 of the 81 schools on the local listings were in the Fraser Health area, while the remaining 21 were in Vancouver Coastal Health.

That’s a decrease of 10 schools from the previous week in Fraser Health and a decrease of three in Vancouver Coastal.

The drop in school exposures comes as the number of active COVID-19 cases in British Columbia and the seven-day moving average for new cases decline to levels not seen since October.

The province is set to enter Stage 2 of its restart plan – which will allow for larger outdoor gatherings, recreational trips and later liquor service, among other things – next week.

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