Island Health has added four Vancouver Island schools to the COVID-19 exposure list as of Monday morning.
One school is located in Campbell River while the other three are in Nanaimo.
According to the health authority, exposures have been reported at Carihi Secondary School, Randerson Ridge Elementary, Wellington Secondary School, and Forest Park Elementary School.
The reported exposure at Carihi Secondary School – located at 350 Dogwood Street in Campbell River – occurred on Nov 30, Dec 1 and Dec 2.
The reported exposure at Randerson Ridge – located at 6021 Nelson Road in Nanaimo – occurred on December 2, 3 and 4.
The reported exposure at Wellington Secondary School – located at 3135 Mexicana Road in Nanaimo – occurred on December 3 and 4.
And the reported exposure at Forest Park Elementary School – located at 2050 Latimer Road in Nanaimo – occurred between Nov 30 and Dec 4.
According to Island Health, exposure is defined as a single person with a lab-confirmed COVID-19 infection who attended school during their infectious period.
In addition to these four schools, Island Health has seven other facilities currently on its School Exposures list – five located in Port Alberni, one in Victoria and one on Salt Spring Island.
Island Health notes that if a parent or guardian sees a notification on the health authority’s school exposure site, it does not necessarily mean their child has been exposed to COVID-19.
Island Health outlines that Public Health members work with the school and school district to ensure close contacts are notified directly and provided specific guidance.
If a parent or guardian does not receive a phone call or letter from Public Health, a child can continue to attend school, Island Health notes.