Island Health has added two more Vancouver Island schools to its growing COVID-19 exposure list as of Friday morning.
Both schools are located in Campbell River.
According to the health authority, exposures have been reported at Willow Point Elementary and Phoenix Middle School.
The reported exposure at Willow Point Elementary – located at 250 Larwood Road in Campbell River – occurred on April 7,8, 9, 12 & 13.
And the reported exposure at Randerson Ridge – located at 400 7th Avenue also in Campbell River – occurred on April 6.
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 two schools, Island Health has 13 other facilities currently on its School Exposures list – the majority of which are located in Greater Victoria.
With cases surging across the province and a multitude of possible exposures being reported at schools around Vancouver Island, some parents have opted to pull their kids from attending classes at facilities.
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.