Island Health has added to its exposure list on Wednesday, announcing the first school on the Gulf Islands to be linked to a case of COVID-19.
The health authority is reporting that Gulf Islands Secondary School, located at 232 Rainbow Road on Salt Spring Island, has experienced an exposure to the coronavirus on November 26.
The person who tested positive is isolating and the health authority says it is completing contact tracing to identify students or staff that need to self-isolate or self-monitor for symptoms.
This is the sixth school that has been added to the exposure list already this week.
The other five have been located in Port Alberni.
A COVID-19 exposure has been linked to Alberni District Secondary School on Friday, Nov. 27.
Island Health also announced that there have also been possible exposures to the coronavirus at Eighth Avenue Learning Centre (Nov. 24-25), AW Neill Elementary School (Nov. 23-24), Maquinna Elementary School (Nov. 19, 20, 23-25), and EJ Dunn Elementary School (Nov. 23-24).
Island Health notes that if a parent or guardian sees a notification on the health authority’s school exposure site does not necessarily mean their child has been exposed to COVID-19.
In addition to these six schools, Island Health has three other facilities currently on its School Exposures list – two located in Victoria and one in Qualicum Beach.