Four more COVID-19 exposures in Kamloops schools

Parents of students attending Valleyview secondary and Marion Schilling elementary — schools that are 1.5 kilometres apart in Valleyview — received letters on Jan. 24 regarding the exposures. Exposures also took place at Sa-Hali secondary between Jan. 18 and Jan. 20, and at Summit Elementary between Jan. 18 and 21.

There have been four more COVID-19 exposures in Kamloops schools, including two at Valleyview secondary and Marion Schilling elementary — the very same schools that were the location of the most recent exposures.

A member of each of those schools has tested positive for COVID-19, with the exposure at Valleyview occurring on Jan. 20 and the exposure at Marion Schilling happening on Jan. 21.

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Positive cases were also uncovered at Sa-Hali secondary and and at Summit elementary, with exposure occurring at Sa-Hali between Jan. 18 and Jan. 20, and at Summit between Jan. 18 and 21.

School District 73 said it learned of the exposures on Sunday, Jan. 24, and informed parents of the four schools via email that afternoon.

No further transmission has been found in the SD73 schools as of yet, accoridng to the district.

In letters to parents, it is stated those who have tested positive — the letters do not specify if they are students, teachers or other staff — are self-isolating at home.

Interior Health is undertaking contact tracing to determine who may need to self-isolate. Those at the school considered close contacts will be notified by the health authority.

There have been more than a dozen school exposures in the district this school year, with most having ended. The most recent exposures before those cited in this weekend’s letter were at Marion Schilling elementary on Jan. 14, South Kamloops secondary on Jan. 12 and Jan.13, Valleyview secondary on Jan. 11 and Juniper Ridge elementary on Jan. 11.


—This story was updated Monday, Jan. 25, with information provided by School District 73 regarding recent COVID-19 exposures at schools in Kamloops.

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