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12 COVID-19 exposures reported in Thompson Okanagan schools

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January 02, 2021 - 1:15 PM

Thompson Okanagan schools have seen 12 potential COVID-19 exposures in recent weeks.

The Central Okanagan has the greatest number of exposures within Interior Health reporting eight COVID-19 exposures including North Glenmore Elementary with a potential exposure Dec. 17-18, Rutland Senior Secondary on Dec. 16, Kelowna Secondary School on Dec. 16-18, Dr Knox Middle School on Dec. 16-18, Mt Boucherie Secondary on Dec. 18, A.S. Matheson Elementary on Dec. 16, 17, Bankhead Elementary on Dec. 16 and at Immaculata Regional High School Dec. 16.

School exposures are a reflection of COVID-19 in the community and there has been little transmission of the virus in the school setting, said provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry last month. The Central Okanagan currently has the greatest number of COVID-19 cases in the Interior, according to the B.C. Centre for Disease Control.

Rayleigh Elementary in Kamloops also had a potential exposure Dec. 17.

In the South Okanagan, Penticton Secondary School had a potential exposure Dec. 16-18, Osoyoos Secondary School had a potential exposure Dec. 16 and in Keremeos, Similkameen Elementary Secondary had an exposure Dec. 16-18.

Exposures have not been listed since Dec. 18, as classes ended for winter break. Schools reopen after winter vacation Jan. 4. The health authority removes notifications of an exposure after 14 days when the risk of transmission has passed.

When a case of COVID-19 is confirmed, IH public health will work quickly to determine close contacts, and will contact parents or guardians of students who are considered to be at risk, according to the health authority.

For a full list of school exposures in the Interior region visit Interior Health’s website.

 


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