Island Health has added three more Vancouver Island schools to the COVID-19 exposure list Friday afternoon.
All three facilities are located in the City of Nanaimo.
According to the health authority, exposures have been reported at Dover Bay Secondary, Uplands Park Elementary, and McGirr Elementary.
The reported exposure at Dover Bay Secondary – located at 6135 McGirr Rd in Nanaimo– occurred on Feb. 22.
The reported exposure at Uplands Park Elementary – located at 6199 McGirr Rd in Nanaimo – occurred on Feb. 22.
And the reported exposure at McGirr Elementary – located at 6199 McGirr Rd in Nanaimo – occurred on Feb. 22 as well.
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 three schools, Island Health has eleven other facilities currently on its School Exposures list.
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.