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Ron Brent Elementary 'member' tests positive for COVID-19, third Prince George school flagged for exposure

There are now 11 northern B.C. schools on the authority's alert
Ron Brent Elementary School. (via Hanna Petersen, PrinceGeorgeMatters)

Ron Brent Elementary has been added to Northern Health's list for COVID-19 exposure.

According to an update in conjunction with the authority, a member of the Prince George school's community recently tested positive for the virus with Oct. 30 cited as the exposure date.

This marks the second School District 57 (SD57) institution and third local school marked for COVID-19.

Ron Brent's full statement is as follows:

School District No. 57 (Prince George) has been made aware by Northern Health that a member of our school community at Ron Brent Elementary School has tested positive for COVID-19.

The district is working with Northern Health and the Medical Health Officer and are following their guidance.

Any individual deemed to be at risk of exposure will be contacted directly by Northern Health.

Please be reassured that our schools 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. 

The safety and well-being of our students, families, and staff remains our highest priority. 

For any COVID-19 related questions, please contact the Northern Health Online Clinic at 1-844-645-7811.

The other 10 schools that have been listed for potential COVID-19 exposure since the virus reached Northern Health are as follows:

  • Roosevelt Park Elementary School (SD52) - Oct. 21-22, 2020
  • Immaculate Conception School (Independent, Diocese of Prince George) - Oct. 21-23, 2020
  • Fort Nelson Secondary School (SD81) - Oct. 15-16, 2020
  • 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

Should a student or teacher receive a positive COVID-19 test in any case, 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