After 16 other schools were notified earlier this week of potential COVID-19 exposure, the Surrey School District has now notified the families of students at 19 more schools about potential exposure to the virus.
The schools include:
- Earl Marriot
- LA Matheson
- Fraser Heights
- North Surrey
- N. Surrey LC
- Clayton Heights
- Sullivan Heights
- Crescent Park
- Henry Bose
- Berkshire Park
- James Ardiel
- Prince Charles
- Rosemary Heights
- Martha Currie
In each case, a letter from the school district has been sent home with students to alert families.
“The intent of this letter is to provide early notification of an individual confirmed to have COVID-19 at your child’s school,” the letter states. “Public health is following up on this exposure. Receiving this letter does not mean you have been exposed to COVID-19. Cases have been isolated, and there is no direct exposure risk at this time.”
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On Thursday, BC health officials announced 538 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the province to 24,960.
During a live update, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said that broken down by health region, the new cases equate to 178 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 309 in the Fraser Health region, 12 in the Island Health region, 28 in the Interior Health region, 11 in the Northern Health region, and no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.
Currently, 217 individuals are hospitalized with COVID-19, 59 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.
There are 6,929 active cases of COVID-19 in the province and 9,929 people who are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.
Health officials also announced one new COVID-19-related death, for a total of 321 deaths in British Columbia.
A total of 17,207 people who tested positive have now recovered.