Three more schools in Nanaimo have reported COVID-19 exposures while three others have updated their alerts as clusters.
The schools which reported new exposures are:
- Brechin Elementary School, with a potential exposure date on February 1
- Nanaimo District Secondary School, with a potential exposure date on January 28
- Learning Alternatives John Barsby site, with potential exposure dates January 28 and 29, and February 1
Three other schools are now being reported as COVID-19 clusters. A cluster means two or more cases of the virus have been confirmed within a 14-day period, with evidence of transmission occurring within the school.
The schools which have now reported clusters are:
- Rock City Elementary School, with potential exposure dates January 26 to 29 and February 1
- Bayview Elementary School, with potential exposure dates January 25, 27, 28 and 29, and February 1 and 2
- Qwam Qwum Stuwixwulh School on Snuneymuxw First Nation, with a potential exposure date on January 28
School District 68 says that general notification letters have been sent to families by email. Contact tracing by Island Health is either completed or underway at each of the incidents.
Several schools in the mid-island area have reported COVID-19 exposures in the past weeks.
In cases of school exposures, the health authority performs contact tracing to identify individuals who came in close proximity to a confirmed case of COVID-19.
Individuals who receive a letter or phone call from Island Health through contact tracing are asked to self-isolate and monitor for symptoms for 14 days.
Those who do not receive communication from Island Health can continue to attend classes as normal.