Island Health says there is a potential risk of exposure to COVID-19 at the University of Victoria and Saanich Commonwealth Place.
The health authority said people who attended three classes at the University of Victoria (UVic) on March 12, those who went to the swimming pool at Saanich Commonwealth Place on March 12 and those who attended a kickboxing class at Saanich Commonwealth Place on March 15 may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus.
The three classes at UVic on March 12 are:
- Psych 300B A01, beginning at 11 a.m.
- Psych 351B A01, beginning at 1 p.m.
- Biol 367 A01, beginning at 2:30 p.m.
People who attended the swimming pool at Saanich Commonwealth Place on March 12, between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., may have also been exposed to COVID-19.
And, people who attended a kickboxing class at Saanich Commonwealth Place on March 15, between 8:15 a.m. and 9:15 a.m., may have been exposed.
Island Health said a medical health officer has concluded the risk was low to the people who were at the locations. Other recreational facilities at Saanich Commonwealth Place were not impacted. Island Health said any possible exposures were restricted to the March 12 and March 15 incidents noted above.
People who attended the classes above, or the pool at the times noted above, are asked to monitor themselves closely for symptoms including:
- Sore throat
- Difficulty breathing
Anyone experiencing these symptoms needs to self-isolate for 14 days following symptom onset.
Island Health said the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool will also help determine if you need further assessment or testing for COVID-19.
You can complete this assessment for yourself, or on behalf of someone else, if they are unable to. More information on testing and self-isolation is available at http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/testing-isolation.
You can also find information at https://www.islandhealth.ca/covid19.
Both the university and Saanich Commonwealth Place have been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. UVic transitioned to alternative learning on March 13 and Saanich Commonwealth Place closed March 17.
As of March 19, there are 22 cases of COVID-19 on the Island. B.C. health officials only release numbers by health region but a doctor in the Courtenay did confirm there was a case in the Comox Valley.