The staff at St. Michaels University School (SMUS) has confirmed that the senior school campus has had a student test positive for novel coronavirus.
The private school, located in Greater Victoria, has already closed for spring break and according to the staff, the student contracted the virus while away from the facility.
“Evidently, he contracted it at home within his family and was unlikely to be infectious during his last days at school,” said Andy Rodford, Deputy Head of School
Rodford also pointed out that Public Health had not instructed to inform the school, but the family chose to anyway. That compelled SMUS to issue the release to help spread the word.
“With this awareness, we hope that you will increase your vigilant approach to excellent hygiene and social distancing.”
“The school remains confident in its ongoing strategies and precautions to mitigate the spread of the virus and to ensuring its main priority: the safety and welfare of our students, faculty and staff,” Rodford wrote in the release.
The announcement issued by SMUS comes only one day after the University of Victoria revealed that one of their students had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
British Columbia’s confirmed cases of coronavirus reached 348 as of Friday with a total of 30 being located on Vancouver Island.