Construction site shuts down due to COVID-19 exposure; 32 new cases in Island Health

The Victoria Customs House construction site has shut down temporarily after a confirmed COVID-19 exposures.

The Vancouver Island Construction Association confirmed the exposure at the downtown Victoria site.

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Infected individuals and their immediate contacts are now isolating, and the site is temporarily closed to undergo additional cleaning and sanitation measures.

The dates of potential exposure were March 15, 16 and 17.

The construction association is advising anyone who came into close contact with tile setters, electricians or plumbers to self-isolate.

B.C. reported 737 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, including 32 in the Island Health region.

The province also reported two new COVID-19-related deaths, for a total of 1,421, and 68 new cases of variants of concern, bringing the total to 1,200 cases.

The Island Health region now has 242 active cases, and 2,867 since the start of the pandemic.

According to health officials, 490,022 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., including 87,139 second doses.

Lansdowne Middle School has had another COVID-19 exposure, with potential exposure dates of March 10, 11 and 12 at the site’s north campus.

The Greater Victoria School District site also registered an exposure on March 3, 4, 5 and 9.

Five of the seven listings for Vancouver Island school exposures are in the capital region, with four in the Greater Victoria School District. The other local case is at the Sooke School District’s Lakewood Elementary School, which was found to have an exposure on March 12.

Other cases on the list are at the Campbell River School District’s Penfield Elementary with a Monday exposure, and the Nanaimo-Ladysmith School District’s Cedar Elementary with a March 8 or 10 exposure.

Island Health is conducting contact tracing, and any individuals who might have been exposed will be contacted directly by the health authority.

Schools around the province are currently on spring break.

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