Fraser Health announces three school closures due to COVID-19 cases

Nov 15 2020, 1:46 am

Three schools in the Fraser Health region will close for two weeks due to COVID-19 cases.

In a release, Fraser Health confirmed that Cambridge Elementary School in Surrey, Jarvis Elementary School in Delta, and Al-Hidayah School in New Westminster are dealing with a number of COVID-19 cases, prompting their closures.

A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at Cambridge Elementary School after seven cases were identified.

“As a precautionary measure to respond to this outbreak, Fraser Health has advised the Surrey School District to close Cambridge Elementary School for a two-week period to break any chains of COVID-19 transmission that may be present at the school,” notes Fraser Health.

Jarvis Elementary and Al-Hidayah School will “functionally close” due to staffing challenges resulting from managing the clusters.

So far, six cases have been identified at Jarvis and eight at Al-Hidayah

Fraser Health says it follows “rigorous protocol” if a student or teacher tests positive for COVID-19 including:

  • Contact tracing is initiated to determine how the individual was infected and who they were in close contact with in order to advise for self-monitoring or isolation
  • Public Health staff works closely with the school and school district throughout the case and contact management process to maintain close communication with the school community

More information about COVID-19 school exposures in the Fraser Health region can be found here. 

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