School District 61

Multiple schools in the Greater Victoria area are reporting COVID-19 over the weekend.

Since Friday, there have been COVID-19 exposure warnings for at least three different schools on southern Vancouver Island.

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

  • Colquitz Middle School experienced a COVID-19 exposure on April 19th. This is the second case identified at the school so far this month.
  • Northridge Elementary School experienced a COVID-19 exposure on April 19th.
  • Cedar Hill Middle School experienced a COVID-19 exposure on April 19th and 20th.

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 12 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.

As of this publication, there are 8,842 active cases in BC with 354 of those cases being in the Island Health region.

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