The first potential COVID-19 exposure in a northern B.C. school has been recorded.
According to Northern Health, École Frank Ross Elementary in Dawson Creek reported a possible exposure to the virus between Sept. 10 and 11.
The Peace River South district (SD59) institution is the 10th in the province under a health authority's public exposure list.
Eight are in Fraser Health and one is in Interior Health.
No other schools in northern B.C. are listed, including those in Prince George.
The following statement was posted on SD59's website by École Frank Ross Principal Shaun Henry:
"To the Ecole Frank Ross Parents, Guardians, and School Community:
Northern Health has made us aware that a member of our school community At École Frank Ross has tested positive for COVID-19.
We are working with Northern Health and are in close communication with the Medical Health Officer.
The safety and well-being of our students, families, and staff remains our highest priority.
Please be reassured that our school will continue to implement the strict protocols and procedures we have in place so that children can continue to attend school as safely as possible."
As of this publication (Sept. 18), there are 241 COVID-19 cases in Northern Health, 33 of which are active, seven are in hospital and six are in critical care.
In the last 2 weeks (Sept. 4-17), Northern Health’s northern interior region, Prince George included, has reported 26 positive COVID-19 tests, a surge of 17 cases compared to 9 in the authority’s previous report (Aug. 28-Sept. 10) | #CityOfPG @PGMatters pic.twitter.com/kJmcMmcvcp— Kyle Balzer (@KyleBalzer) September 18, 2020