Three schools in Duncan, one in Victoria added to COVID-19 exposure list

Three schools in Duncan, one in Victoria added to COVID-19 exposure list
St. Michaels University School
An image of St. Michaels University School Junior campus.

Island Health has added four Vancouver Island schools to the COVID-19 exposure list as of Monday morning.

One school is located in Victoria while the other three are in Duncan.

According to the health authority, exposures have been reported at St. Michaels University School, Duncan Christian School, Quamichan Middle School, and Cowichan Secondary School.

The reported exposure at the Junior School campus of St. Michaels University School – located at 820 Victoria Avenue in Victoria– occurred on Jan. 5 and Jan. 6. A letter informing parents of the exposure was sent out from the Head of School on Saturday evening.

The reported exposure at Duncan Christian School – located at 495 Beech Ave in Duncan – occurred on January 6, 7 and 8.

The reported exposure at Quamichan Middle School – located at 2515 Beverly St. in Duncan – occurred on January 5.

And the reported exposure at Cowichan Secondary School – located at 2652 James St. in Duncan – occurred on January 5, 6 and 7.

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 two other facilities currently on its School Exposures list – one located in Chemainus and one located in Courtenay.

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.


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