(View Royal Elementary School/Google Photos by Mohammad Mehdi)

Four schools in the Greater Victoria School District have reported COVID-19 exposures in the past 24 hours that date back a week.

On Tuesday night, SD61 announced that there had been COVID-19 exposure warnings for at least four different schools on southern Vancouver Island.

Notification letters were sent out to parents, staff, and guardians.

Here’s a breakdown of where and when the exposure occurred:

  • Strawberry Vale Elementary experienced a potential COVID-19 exposure on April 26th.
  • View Royal Elementary experienced a potential COVID-19 exposure on April 23rd.
  • Central Middle School experienced another potential COVID-19 exposure on April 20th, 21st, 23rd, and 26th.
  • Margaret Jenkins Elementary experienced a potential COVID-19 exposure on April 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd and 26th.

Island Health is completing contact tracing to identify any individuals that need to self-isolate or self-monitor for symptoms.

If an individual may have been exposed, Island Health will contact them directly.

At the moment, there are 16 ongoing exposure or cluster outbreaks in schools across Vancouver Island.

Outbreaks, exposures, and clusters are removed after two weeks from their exposure dates.

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 the 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.

There are currently 263 active COVID-19 cases in the Island Health region.

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