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Kelowna elementary school has COVID-19 exposure

November 05, 2020 - 3:03 PM

Springvalley Elementary is the latest Kelowna school to report a person has tested positive for COVID-19.

Interior Health has confirmed a “member of the of the Springvalley Elementary School community” is self-isolating at home with support from local public health teams, according to a Central Okanagan school district media release.

The school district doesn’t say if the person who tested positive is a student, parent or member of the staff.

“The safety and well-being of students, families, and staff remains our highest priority,” the district said in the release. “Central Okanagan Public Schools will continue 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.”

The school district is working with Interior Health to find out if any additional actions are required and support the school community. The district doesn’t say what those additional actions might entail.

"We know this is a challenging time for parents and children alike, and we remind everyone to carefully consider any plans, parties or sleepovers for children as these activities could lead to other school exposures, " Interior Health's chief medical health officer Dr. Albert de Villiers said in a media release. "Our public health teams continue to urge everyone to keep their social contacts small. Help us keep schools open and COVID-19 cases down among youth so children can continue with in-class learning."

Earlier today, a case of COVID-19 was reported at Okanagan Mission Secondary in Kelowna.

Virus exposures have also happened at Kelowna Secondary School, St. Joseph Elementary School and École de l’Anse-au-sable.

The outbreak at École de L’Anse-au-sable was declared over today.

— This story was updated at 4:12 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020 with new information from Interior Health.

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