There's now a school in almost every corner of northern B.C. that has experienced a potential exposure to COVID-19.
Roosevelt Park Elementary School in Prince Rupert made it 10 today (Oct. 29) as it was added to Northern Health's list, with the authority citing Oct. 21 and 22 as the dates.
The School District 52 (SD52) institution is the fifth elementary and seventh public school in the region recorded by Northern Health.
It currently employs more than 40 teachers and staff, and is the only French immersion school in the coastal city for children in Kindergarten to Grade Five.
Earlier today, Immaculate Conception became the second Prince George school flagged for possible virus exposure.
Should a student or teacher receive a positive COVID-19 test, Northern Heath's school notification process is as follows:
- Contact tracing is initiated to determine how the individual was infected and who they were in close contact with
- We identify and notify close contacts who may be at an increased risk, and advise them to self-isolate and monitor for symptoms for 14 days
- Only Public Health can determine who is a close contact
- Learning groups, friends or other connections may not be determined to be a close contact
- Public Health staff works closely with the school and school district throughout the case and contact management process to maintain close communication with the school community
The other eight schools are:
- Fort Nelson Secondary School (SD81) - Oct. 15-16
- Notre Dame School (Private) - Oct. 13-14, 2020
- Prince George Secondary School (SD57) - Oct. 2, 2020
- Dawson Creek Secondary School - South Peace Campus (SD59) - Sept. 23-25, 2020
- David Hoy Elementary School (SD91) - Sept. 17-18, 2020
- Quesnel Junior Secondary School (SD28) - Sept. 10-11, 15-18, 2020
- Nak’albun Elementary School (Independent) - Sept. 16-18, 2020
- Ecole Frank Ross Elementary School (SD59) - Sept. 10-11, 2020
As of this publication, there have been 406 positive tests for COVID-19 in the north, 29 of which are active with one person in hospital (ICU), three deaths and 374 recoveries.