COVID-19 exposures reported at Mount Douglas Secondary, Vic High

COVID-19 exposures have been found at Mount Douglas Secondary School and Victoria High School.

The possible time of exposure at Mount Doug is Tuesday, while Vic High’s is Tuesday or Wednesday. Vic High classes are being held at the former S.J. Willis Education Centre while the Fernwood school undergoes a seismic refit and expansion.

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Other local schools with a COVID-19 exposure in the past two weeks are Arbutus Middle School, Belmont Secondary School, Oaklands Elementary School, Cedar Hill Middle School and Oak Bay High School. Dunsmuir Middle School was found to have a COVID-19 cluster.

An exposure in a school to the presence of a lab-confirmed case or cases of COVID-19 during the communicable period, while a cluster is two or more confirmed cases during a 14-day period, along with evidence of transmission.

Island Health does contact tracing in schools, and students can continue to attend classes unless notification is received.

A surge of COVID-19 exposures at schools in the capital region has generated reports of lowered attendance, with Greater Victoria School District superintendent Shelley Green saying students have been starting to return.

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