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COVID-19 exposure at elementary school in Sicamous

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January 12, 2021 - 11:24 AM

The North Okanagan-Shuswap school district has reported a potential COVID-19 exposure at an elementary school in the Shuswap.

Parkview Elementary School in Sicamous confirmed in a letter to parents and staff Jan. 8, that an individual from within the school community tested positive for COVID-19. The individual affected was present at the school on Jan. 6.

Citing privacy reasons the school district and Interior Health does not release details of whether the affected person was a student or teacher.

This appears to be the first COVID-19 exposure in the North Okanagan-Shuswap school district this year. The school district did report a potential exposure at Eagle River Secondary in Sicamous Jan. 6, but following further investigation by Interior Health determined that there had not been an exposure.

READ MORE: Potential COVID-19 school exposures recorded in three biggest Okanagan cities

Interior Health says if a school member is confirmed positive for COVID-19 contact tracing begins to determine how the person was infected and who they were in close contact with. These individuals are then notified and advised to self-isolate and monitor for symptoms for 14 days.

One week after pupils went back to school there have been multiple exposures in schools across the Interior Health region.

- Correction: This story was updated 9 a.m. Wednesday, January 13, 2021, to clarify that this appears to be the first exposure this year.

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