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Fort St. John's North Peace Secondary school added to list of potential COVID-19 exposures

There are now 15 northern B.C. schools alerted for the virus
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North Peace Secondary School in Fort St. John, B.C. (via William Stodalka)

Northern Health is warning of possible COVID-19 exposures at another major high school this month.

Today (Nov. 20), North Peace Secondary in Fort St. John was added to the authority's list of potential exposure, and may have been in contact with a lab-confirmed case on Nov. 10, 12, 13, and 16.

Students and staff are asked to monitor for symptoms until midnight on Nov. 30.

It's the second member of School District 60 (SD60) flagged for the virus, joining Hudson's Hope Elementary-Junior Secondary from Oct. 26 to Nov. 4.

North Peace is also the 15th Northern Health-region school since students returned to the classroom with a lab-confirmed infection.

A letter was sent to parents and staff regarding the situation.

"Every school in B.C. has a COVID-19 safety plan in place. In this circumstance, the safety plan was followed precisely - and because of this, the risk of additional cases is very low," wrote Northern Health Medical Health Officer Dr. Raina Fumerton.

"We recognize that learning of a potential exposure to COVID-19 may cause concern for families, and we hope to address some of those concerns with the following information."

Covid Letter - North Peace Secondary School - Nov 20 2020 by AlaskaHighwayNews on Scribd

Four Prince George schools have been flagged for COVID-19 exposure since students went back to the classroom in September:

  • Van Bien Elementary (SD57) - Nov. 9-10, 2020
  • Ron Brent Elementary (SD57) - Oct. 30, 2020
  • Immaculate Conception School (Diocese of Prince George) - Oct. 21-23, 2020
  • Prince George Secondary (SD57) - Oct. 2, 2020

Ten other northern B.C. schools are listed as well:

  • Chetwynd Secondary (SD59) - Nov. 13, 2020
  • Hudson's Hope Elementary-Junior Secondary - Oct. 26-Nov. 4, 2020
  • Roosevelt Park Elementary (SD52) - Oct. 21-22, 2020
  • Fort Nelson Secondary (SD81) - Oct. 15-16, 2020
  • Notre Dame School (Private) - Oct. 13-14, 2020
  • Dawson Creek Secondary - South Peace Campus (SD59) - Sept. 23-25, 2020
  • David Hoy Elementary (SD91) - Sept. 17-18, 2020
  • Quesnel Junior Secondary (SD28) - Sept. 10-11, 15-18, 2020
  • Nak’albun Elementary (Independent) - Sept. 16-18, 2020
  • Ecole Frank Ross Elementary (SD59) - Sept. 10-11, 2020

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry also implemented new public health orders yesterday.

You can read and easily follow each new order in the post below.

- with a file from Matt Preprost, Alaska Highway News

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