Today, Fraser Health is providing information regarding COVID-19 school exposures to variants of concern throughout our region.
Fraser Health is working closely with the Surrey School District to manage COVID-19 exposures at North Surrey Secondary, Frost Road Elementary, Princess Margaret Secondary, A.J. McLellan Elementary, Woodward Hills Elementary, and Sullivan Heights Secondary Schools. In addition, Fraser Health is working with the Burnaby School District to manage a COVID-19 exposure at Marlborough Elementary, and with the Coquitlam School District to manage exposures at Archbishop Carney Regional and École Maple Creek.
Two classes at North Surrey Secondary are already isolating and will remain in isolation until March 12th.
One class at Frost Road Elementary is already isolating and will remain in isolation until March 11th.
One class at Princess Margaret Secondary is already isolating and will remain in isolation until March 4th.
Two classes at Woodward Hills Elementary are already isolating and will remain in isolation until March 5th.
One class at Marlborough Elementary is already isolating and will remain in isolation until March 3rd.
Mass testing of affected classrooms was also initiated at North Surrey Secondary, Frost Road Elementary, Woodward Hills Elementary, Princess Margaret Secondary, and Marlborough Elementary Schools. Rapid testing was used as part of mass testing initiated at Princess Margaret Secondary and Marlborough Elementary in response to exposures of variants of concern.
Following an in-depth assessment, only those staff and students who have been identified as close contacts for the cases at Archbishop Carney Regional, A.J. McLellan Elementary, École Maple Creek and Sullivan Heights need to be tested and have been contacted. The schools will remain open.
As these are variants that are new to our communities and more easily transmissible, Fraser Health is working to identify any further connected variant cases to ensure immediate isolation and case management to prevent further transmission.
The variant strains can transmit more quickly and easily but do not interfere with the effectiveness of vaccines, nor affect our ability to test for the virus.
It is critically important for people living in the Fraser Health region to 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.
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