World News – CA – Second COVID-19 Exposure Reported at New West Secondary


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Families have just received early notification letters from the school and Fraser Health alerting them that someone in the NWSS school community has tested positive for the virus This person was at school in October 14, 15 and 16

It has been barely a month since the first exposure was reported; in this case, the affected person was in school Sept 15, 16 and 17

As in the previous case, Principal Murray McLeod’s letter reports that the person who tested positive is self-isolating at home with support from public health

In accordance with COVID-19 health protocols, Fraser Health takes the lead in school exhibits Health authority is currently conducting contact tracing to determine who, if any, was in contact with the affected person at NWSS while she was infectious Health officials will determine if anyone in the school is a close contact who needs to self-isolate

Other staff and / or students may be asked to self-monitor for symptoms while continuing to attend school

« If the Fraser Health Authority does not contact you, it has been determined that your child is not at risk of developing COVID-19, » McLeod’s letter states

Everyone should continue to attend school and have regular daily health checks, in accordance with school policies, unless instructed otherwise by Fraser Health

School and health officials do not provide further details on the person who tested positive, for reasons of confidentiality

Dr Bonnie Henry, in her October 22 press briefing, noted that as of that date, 213 school exposures had been reported across BC – but the vast majority of these did not lead to the transmission within schools

Some of the reports involved « groups », meaning more than one confirmed school person at the same time

The first outbreak reported in a BC stage at Kelowna Anse-au-sable School was reported last week; epidemic means transmission of COVID-19 is known to have occurred at school

« While this is clearly not what each of us wants to see, it is not unexpected, as we know COVID-19 is still circulating in our communities, and we know that is reflected in what is happening in our school communities too, says Henry

« While it is concerning that we have an epidemic, what is positive in my opinion is that we have monitored all exposure events, and have had very little transmission in schools. , and public health has worked with school communities across the province to keep this going « 

Henry reiterated in his October 26 briefing that there has always been only one school outbreak

New Westminster has yet to see any clusters or epidemics so far; exposures were only limited to single reported cases

Aside from the NWSS cases, two exposures have also been reported at Fraser River Middle School, and one at Lord Tweedsmuir Elementary and Queensborough Middle School

School, Fraser Health, British Columbia

World news – California – Second COVID-19 exposure reported at New West Secondary



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