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Potential COVID-19 exposure warning issued at middle school in Fort St. John

This is the 16th school in northern B.C. flagged for the virus
Bert Bowes Middle School - Fort St. John
Bert Bowes Middle School in Fort St. John, B.C. (via Elizabeth Chi)

Northern Health is warning of possible COVID-19 exposures at Bert Bowes Middle School.

According to a letter sent to parents, the authority cites Nov. 16 as the date students can staff may have come into contact with a lab-confirmed case at the Fort St. John institution. 

It encourages everyone to monitor their symptoms until midnight on Nov. 30, which is the end of the two-week incubation period from the date of exposure.

This is the third School District 60 (SD60) facility flagged for possible exposure to the virus, joining North Peace Secondary and Hudson's Hope Elementary-Junior Secondary.

Bert Bowes is a school for grades seven to nine that, according to its website, enrolls close to 550 students, offers French Immersion and band programs and has roughly 40 staff members, including 25 teachers. 

Since B.C. students returned to the classroom in September, 16 schools in Northern Health's jurisdiction have been listed for COVID-19.

This includes four in Prince George, and are as follows:

  • North Peace Secondary (SD60) - Nov. 10, 12, 13, 16, 2020
  • Chetwynd Secondary (SD59) - Nov. 13, 2020
  • Van Bien Elementary (SD57) - Nov. 9-10, 2020
  • Ron Brent Elementary (SD57) - Oct. 30, 2020
  • Hudson's Hope Elementary-Junior Secondary (SD60) - Oct. 26-Nov. 4, 2020
  • Immaculate Conception School (Diocese of Prince George) - Oct. 21-23, 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
  • Prince George Secondary (SD57) - Oct. 2, 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

As of this publication (Nov. 23), there have been 588 COVID-19 cases detected in northern B.C., including six deaths, 95 active cases, 10 in hospital, eight in ICU and 487 recoveries.

- with files from Matt Preprost, Alaska Highway News

Northern Health Covid Letter - Bert Bowes Middle School Nov 22 2020 by AlaskaHighwayNews on Scribd