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COVID-19 cases confirmed at three Central Okanagan schools

Okanagan Mission Secondary
November 18, 2020 - 5:06 PM

New cases of COVID-19 have been reported at schools in the Central Okanagan school district today.

The school district says in a media release issued today, Nov. 18, there has been one case of COVID-19 reported at three different schools: Mount Boucherie Secondary School, Okanagan Mission Secondary and Casorso Elementary.

All three people 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, according to the release.

Central Okanagan Public Schools continues to work with Interior Health to determine if any additional actions are required, and to support ongoing communication to the school communities. The district asks those with any COVID-19 symptoms to stay home.

In the Central Okanagan, 13 schools have had possible COVID-19 exposures within the last two weeks.

“Schools are a reflection of what's happening in our community,” Dr. Bonnie Henry said at a press conference this week.

“So we're looking at what measures can help us reduce risk in our communities and therefore protect our schools… we can see that transmission rates are less in schools than they are in other parts of our communities. (It is) also incredibly important for families and for children to have in-person in class, but we're looking at all of our options there are a whole bunch of things that are happening.”

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