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More COVID-19 exposures at NWSS, Urban Academy in New West

Eight of School District 40's 12 schools have seen COVID-19 exposures in 2021/22
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New Westminster Secondary School has been added to the COVID-19 exposures list for a case or cases on Oct. 13, 15, 18, 19 and 20.

New Westminster Secondary School and the independent Urban Academy are back on the COVID-19 exposures list.

Both schools have seen recent COVID-19 exposures, according to the Fraser Health school exposures website. Two recent postings were added for New Westminster Secondary School: one for Oct. 15 and 18, the other for Oct. 13, 19 and 20.

Because the site lists exposures only by date, it is not clear whether those are two separate cases or whether more dates were added to the initial exposure. There may also be more than two exposures involved; at least one of those dates (Oct. 18) saw a separate self-monitoring letter issued on Oct. 22, as confirmed in the B.C. School COVID Tracker database.

Urban Academy also saw another exposure Oct. 18 and 19.

An "exposure" means that someone who has since tested positive for COVID-19 was in the school during their potentially infectious period on the date or dates in question, and that other people may be at risk of having come in contact with the virus. Health officials do not publish the number of cases involved, so it's not known whether the dates involve one person or multiple cases. The public information also does not list whether cases involve staff or students, or both.

So far in the 2021/21 school year, eight of the New Westminster school district's 12 schools have seen exposures.

 

COVID EXPOSURES IN NEW WESTMINSTER SCHOOLS

Here’s what has transpired in the 2021/22 school year so far in New Westminster:

  • École Qayqayt Elementary: Sept. 8 (reported by B.C. School COVID Tracker; predated change to Fraser Health notifications)
  • École Qayqayt Elementary: Sept. 20, 21, 22 (reported by B.C. School COVID Tracker; predated change to Fraser Health notifications)
  • Urban Academy (independent): Sept. 22, 23, 24 (reported on Fraser Health site Sept. 29)
  • Herbert Spencer Elementary: Sept. 21 (reported on Fraser Health site Oct. 1)
  • Lord Kelvin Elementary: Sept. 24 (reported on Fraser Health site Sept. 29)
  • Lord Tweedsmuir Elementary: Sept. 21, 22, 23, 24 (reported on Fraser Health site Oct. 1; B.C. School COVID Tracker confirms this is at least three separate cases)
  • New Westminster Secondary: Sept. 22, 23, 24 (reported on Fraser Health site Oct. 3)
  • Lord Kelvin Elementary: Sept. 22, 23, 28 (dates added on Fraser Health site Oct. 3)
  • New Westminster Secondary: Sept. 28 (date added on Fraser Health site Oct. 4)
  • Urban Academy (independent): Sept. 27, 28 (dates added on Fraser Health site Oct. 1)
  • Glenbrook Middle School: Sept. 25, 26, 28, 29, Oct. 1 (listed on Fraser Health site Oct. 7)
  • École Qayqayt Elementary School: Sept. 27, 28, 29, Oct. 1 (dates added on Fraser Health site Oct. 7)
  • Skwo:wech Elementary School: Sept. 23, 24, 27, 28, 29 (listed on Fraser Health site Oct. 7)
  • École Qayqayt Elementary School: Oct. 4,5 (listed on Fraser Health site Oct. 9; B.C. School COVID Tracker confirms this is at least two separate exposures)
  • New Westminster Secondary: Oct. 4, 5, 6 (dates added on Fraser Health site Oct. 9)
  • École Qayqayt Elementary School: Oct. 5, 6, 7, 8 (dates not yet added on Fraser Health site; B.C. School COVID Tracker confirms at least two separate exposures involving this date range, with emails sent Oct. 11)
  • École Qayqayt Elementary School: Oct. 6, 7, 8, 11, 12 (separate case from above; one full class sent into isolation)
  • Fraser River Middle School: Oct. 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15 (reported on Fraser Health site Oct. 19)
  • Lord Kelvin Elementary School: Oct. 14, 15 (reported on Fraser Health site Oct. 20)
  • New Westminster Secondary School: Oct. 15, 18 (added on Fraser Health site Oct. 22)
  • New Westminster Secondary School: Oct. 13, 19, 20 (added on Fraser Health site Oct. 23)
  • Urban Academy (independent): Oct. 18, 19 (added on Fraser Health site Oct. 24)

 

WHERE TO FIND OUT ABOUT NEW WESTMINSTER SCHOOL EXPOSURES

Fraser Health

New Westminster school exposures will be listed at Fraser Health’s school exposures webpage.

 

B.C. School COVID Tracker

This parent-run database uses information provided directly by parents and verified by official health authority letters. There's a searchable database online.

 

Exposure Watch

This site, created by New Westminster parent Gabriel Bauman, provides a listing of COVID-19 "hotspots" in B.C. schools, as well as a search function to find out school-specific information. Parents can also sign up for exposure alerts and report exposures. (Note that the listings may include both confirmed and unconfirmed exposures; they are identified as such, with confirmed exposures including documentation.)

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