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Six Terrace schools report COVID-19 exposures

COVID-19 exposures have been reported at both Skeena Middle School and Veritas Catholic School in Terrace. The exposure at Vertias occurred on Nov. 30, and the Northern Health lists COVID-19 exposures at Skeena Middle School on Dec. 4 and Dec. 7.
Skeena Middle School
Skeena Middle School and Veritas Catholic School have both reported COVID-19 exposures. File Photo/Terrace Standard

COVID-19 exposures have been reported at both Skeena Middle School and Veritas Catholic School in Terrace.

The exposure at Vertias occurred on Nov. 30, and the Northern Health lists COVID-19 exposures at Skeena Middle School on Dec. 4 and Dec. 7.

Northern Health does not publicly release details about school exposures, such as the number of cases associated with the exposure.

Several other schools in Terrace have had COVID-19 exposures.

The first exposure took place between Nov. 23 and Nov. 26 at Centennial Christian School. The second exposure was at Suwilaawks Community School between Nov. 27 and Nov. 30. The third exposure happened between Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at Uplands Elementary School. The fourth exposure — Caledonia Secondary School’s second — took place Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and Dec. 2, according to a letter on the the Coast Mountains School District 82 website.

There have been numerous school exposures elsewhere in the Northern Health Authority.

The Northern Health website outlines how the public health authority responds to school exposures. Public health officials perform contact tracing to determine who came into close contact with the infected person. Close contacts are then advised to self-isolate for 14 days.

Public health officials will directly contact parents of children who may be involved in a school exposure. Parents are not required to take any action unless directed by public health officials. Parents who are not contacted by public health officials should continue to send their children to school, the Northern Health website states.