Nine schools on Vancouver Island have each reported a COVID-19 exposure over a week-long period in January.
Schools in Chemainus, Crofton, Lake Cowichan, Duncan, Nanaimo, View Royal, Esquimalt, Shawnigan Lake and Parksville reported cases of the virus between January 25th to yesterday, January 31st.
Crofton Elementary School reported that an individual who tested positive in the community attended the school on January 25th and 27th.
Just north of Crofton, an exposure was reported in Chemainus Secondary School, with potential exposure dates from January 25th to 28th.
In Duncan, Cowichan Secondary School reported an exposure on the same potential dates.
Contact tracing at these three schools has been completed by Island Health.
A second exposure was reported at Lake Cowichan School, a week after an earlier case at the school. The new incident had potential exposure dates from January 25th to 28th.
The fifth school in this week long period to report a COVID-19 exposure was Bayview Elementary School in Nanaimo. Potential exposure dates for this case were January 27th and 29th.
Island Health says they are still working to complete contact tracing at Lake Cowichan School and Bayview Elementary School.
Woodwinds PASS Alternate School in Parksville listed their exposure dates as January 20th, 21st and 22nd.
Shawnigan Lake School similarly said their dates of exposure were January 18th to 20th.
Ecole Macaulay Elementary School’s exposure dates were January 20th to 22nd.
The ninth school during last week to report an exposure was View Royal Elementary School, whose exposure date was listed as January 27th.
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.
The health authority says those who do not receive communication can continue to attend school as normal.