(Kwalikum Secondary School, May 2020/Facebook)

Another COVID-19 exposure alert has been issued on Vancouver Island for a secondary school in Qualicum Beach.

According to the Island Health school exposures notice website, students and staff at Kwalikum Secondary School, located at 266 Village Way, may have been exposed to COVID-19.

A statement from School District 69 says one member of the school community tested positive for the virus, and their last date of attendance is November 19.

The exposure alert is in place for November 18 and 19.

At the moment, there are seven ongoing exposure or cluster outbreaks in schools across Vancouver Island, two of which are in Victoria.

Alerts for cluster outbreaks at Dover Bay Secondary school and John Barsby Secondary school have been removed from the Island Health site as it has now been two weeks since they were first issued.

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.

Island Health says staff or students who see the exposure alert notice should not assume they have been exposed to the virus.

Close contacts of the person(s) who tested positive for COVID-19 will be identified and contacted by public health officials.

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