Vancouver Coastal Health adds seven more COVID-19 school exposures

Nov 11 2020, 3:42 pm

Vancouver Coastal Health is reporting new COVID-19 exposures at seven schools in Richmond, Vancouver, and North Vancouver.

In Richmond, one school was added to the list of institutions with reported virus cases. HJ Cambie Secondary School had exposure from November 2 to 6.

Vancouver saw five schools with potential exposures, including one independent school.

Eric Hamber Secondary School had a virus exposure from November 2 to 5, West Point Grey Academy had one from November 5 to 6, and Weir Elementary School saw an exposure between November 2 and 3.
St. John’s School reported a second round of exposures from November 2 to 3, after previously reporting October 26 to 28 as potential exposure dates.
Killarney Secondary School, which previously saw an exposure from October 29 to 30, reported potential exposure dates from October 26 to November 1. VCH did not specify if the dates of the first outbreak have been extended or if these new dates reflect additional cases.
Like Richmond, North Vancouver only had one school added to the list of schools with coronavirus cases.
Lynnmour Elementary School reported potential virus exposure dates of November 3 to 4.

Exposures mean someone came to school in the days before receiving a positive COVID-19 test result – it does not mean that there has been confirmed transmission in schools.

Contact tracers are notifying close contacts directly, and anyone who doesn’t receive a call from public health can go to school as normal.

“All schools in the Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) region have robust safety plans in place,” according to VCH’s website. “Schools are considered a controlled environment because they include a consistent grouping of people, such as a class setting.”

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