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Today, Fraser Health is providing the following information about COVID-19 outbreaks in our region.

Schools:

Fraser Health declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Timothy Christian School in Chilliwack on February 13, 2021, after 35 COVID-19-positive cases were identified among staff and students.

Timothy Christian School, an independent school, voluntarily closed on February 4, 2021. Students at the school transitioned to remote learning due to staff needing to isolate because they had COVID-19 or were in close contact with people who had COVID-19, such as colleagues and household contacts. Fraser Health Public Health is working with the school on a plan to return to in-school instruction, which is expected to be as early as February 22, 2021.

In a school environment, if a student or teacher receives a confirmed positive COVID-19 test result, Fraser Health Public Health follows a rigorous protocol:

  • Contact tracing is initiated to determine how the individual was infected and who they were in close contact with in order to advise for self-monitoring or isolation.
  • Public Health staff works closely with the school throughout the case and contact management process to maintain close communication with the school community.

For more information about COVID-19 school exposures in the Fraser Health region, please visit fraserhealth.ca/schoolexposures.

Daycares:

Fraser Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at SFU Childcare Society in Burnaby after 24 COVID-19-positive cases were identified among staff and children.

SFU Childcare Society serves children 0-5 years of age and has one before-and-after school program. The outbreak is affecting five of the daycare’s classes. The remainder of classes are unaffected and are able to continue operating. Fraser Health is reviewing infection control measures while the daycare is in operation for classes unaffected by the outbreak.

In a childcare environment, if a staff member or child receives a confirmed positive COVID-19 test result, Fraser Health Public Health follows a rigorous protocol:

  • Contact tracing is initiated to determine how the individual was infected and who they were in close contact with in order to advise for self-monitoring or isolation.
  • Public Health staff works closely with the childcare provider throughout the case and contact management process to maintain close communication with the childcare community.

It is critically important for people living in the Fraser Health region to use the COVID-19 assessment tool and get tested as soon as you have COVID-19-like symptoms, even mild ones. Please don’t wait, and book or drop by one of our collection centres which are operated in partnership with local Divisions of Family Practice. People living in the Fraser Health region can find information about test collection centres by visiting Fraser Health’s website.

To book a COVID-19 testing appointment, complete a COVID-19 test booking form

For more information about COVID-19, please visit fraserhealth.ca/covid19.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Fraser Health Media Line: 604-613-0794

media@fraserhealth.ca


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