(Alberni District Secondary School/Google Photos)

A sixth school on Vancouver Island now has an ongoing COVID-19 exposure alert in place.

According to Island Health, members of the school community at Alberni District Secondary School in Port Alberni may have been exposed to the virus on November 12 and 13.

This same school also recorded Vancouver Island’s very first school exposure of COVID-19 back in September.

Five other school exposures or clusters have been reported on the Island so far this week in Nanaimo and Ladysmith and all have ongoing alerts.

An ‘exposure’ is defined by Island Health as a single person with lab-confirmed COVID-19 infection who attended school during their infectious period.

A ‘cluster’ means two or more individuals with lab-confirmed COVID-19 infection attended school during their infectious period. These cases may be linked to school-based transmission.

There are also ongoing outbreaks at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital where five staff members tested positive for the virus, and at Tsawaayuus Rainbow Gardens long-term care home in Port Alberni where one staff member tested positive for COVID-19.

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