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Vernon sees spike in school exposures; Central Okanagan has most

June 06, 2021 - 8:00 AM

The Central Okanagan continues to see the highest number of COVID-19 school exposures in the Interior, but the North Okanagan is not far behind.

Central Okanagan Public Schools announced, June 4, exposures at George Elliot Secondary, Glenrosa Middle School and Kelowna Secondary School.

Individuals with COVID-19 are self-isolating at home, with support from local public health teams. Interior Health also follows up with anyone potentially exposed to a confirmed case directly through contact tracing, according to the school district.

Within the last two weeks, school exposures were also reported by the health authority at five Central Okanagan schools, including: Rutland Secondary School, with potential exposures May 25 to 28, Davidson Road Elementary, with a potential exposure May 31, KSS with an exposure June 1, Immaculata Regional High, May 25 and Heritage Christian School from May 25 to 28.

In Vernon, school exposures were reported at five schools, including: W.L. Seaton Secondary, May 25, Clarence Fulton, May 25 to 27, Vernon Secondary School, May 28, Harwood Elementary, May 26 to 28 and Kalamalka Secondary, May 31.

In contrast, the South East Kootenay school district has only seen two exposures within the last two weeks, at T.M. Roberts Elementary in Cranbrook, May 25 to 27 and at Ecole Isabella Dicken Elementary in Fernie, May 27 and 28.

There is only one school in Kamloops with recent exposures, at NorKam Secondary, May 25 and 26.

There are 379 active COVID-19 cases in the Interior Health Authority, as of June 4.

The Central Okanagan has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the Interior, with 155 reported between May 23 to 29. Vernon has the second highest number of cases, with 57 cases reported between those dates. Kamloops only has 20 cases, according to the B.C. Centre for Disease Control.

READ MORE: Only 183 new COVID-19 cases in B.C.; 30 in Interior Health


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