COVID-19 transmission among BC students increases during school breaks: Dr. Henry

Apr 15 2021, 3:13 pm

Most cases of COVID-19 among students and staff in BC are acquired outside of school in their household or community, said Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry on Thursday.

And when transmission occurs within the school, “it is usually limited to one or two additional cases.”

Henry shared this data during a press conference on Thursday where she touched on the effect school has in driving COVID-19 transmission.

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She reiterated that while COVID-19 cases in schools reflect community transmission, school transmission does not appear to be a major driver of community transmission.

And in the cases of both the winter and spring break periods this year, Henry said, “We saw an increase in cases in the community during those holiday seasons.”

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This, she said, is what led to increased exposure events in schools once classes were back in session.

Overall, though, the infection rate among school-aged children is still relatively low, “compared to their proportion of the population.”

More to come…

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