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Central Okanagan continues to see highest number of COVID-19 school exposures in region

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May 22, 2021 - 2:49 PM

Central Okanagan Public Schools continues to have the highest number of COVID-19 school exposures out of any school district in the region.

The school district saw eight schools with potential exposures within the last two weeks, according to Interior Health and the school district.

Central Okanagan Public Schools issued press releases stating May 21, Interior Health confirmed exposures at Springvalley Elementary and Rutland Senior Secondary. On May 19, exposures were also confirmed at Pearson Road Elementary, Springvalley Elementary, Rutland Middle School and Rutland Senior Secondary. May 18 also saw COVID-19 exposures at George Elliot Secondary and RSS.

The recent exposures have not all been added to Interior Health’s public school exposure list which includes: Kelowna Secondary School with a potential exposure May 10 and 11, RSS with potential exposures May 10 to 14, and 17 to 18, Pearson Road Elementary with potential exposures May 10 to 14, George Elliot Secondary with exposures May 14 and 17, RMS with exposures May 10 to 14, Okanagan Mission Secondary with potential exposures May 10, 11 and 13 and Pearson Road Elementary with potential exposures May 13 and 14.

Those who test positive for COVID-19 are self-isolating at home with support from local public health teams. Interior Health follows up with anyone potentially exposed to a confirmed case directly through contact tracing.

Central Okanagan Public Schools continues to implement the strict health and safety protocols and procedures that are in place so students and staff can continue to attend school as safely as possible.

In the South Okanagan, only two schools had exposures, at Osoyoos Elementary, May 12 to 14 and at Penticton’s Princess Margaret Secondary, May 10 to 12.

In Kamloops, there have been three schools with exposures, Sa-Hali Secondary had potential exposures May 10 to 14 and 17, 18, Beattie Elementary on May 17 and Brocklehurst Middle School with potential exposures May 13 to 14, 17 and 18.

Coldstream had one school exposure at Lavington Elementary, May 14.

There were 58 new COVID-29 cases in the Interior Health region yesterday, May 21 and 420 in B.C. as a whole. Of the new cases, 240 were in the Fraser Health region, 84 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, seven in Vancouver Island Health region and 31 in the Northern Health region.

READ MORE: 420 new COVID-19 cases in B.C.; 58 in Interior Health

 


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