On Thursday (Oct. 7), Fraser Health listed the first local COVID-19 school exposure of the 2021-22 school year on their website.
Fraser Health defines an exposure as “a single person with [a] lab-confirmed COVID-19 infection who attended school during their infectious period.” In this case, a person who tested positive for COVID-19 was at the school on Sept. 23 and 24.
Historically, Fraser Health advises those who are able and without COVID-19 symptoms to continue attending school. Being in the school during an exposure event does not necessarily mean someone is now infected with COVID-19. If any action needs to be taken by students or staff such as self-monitoring for symptoms or self-isolating, Fraser Health will contact them directly.
SD 78 has a very low exposure rate throughout the pandemic. There were approximately six exposure events within the school district during the last school year.
An outbreak is different than an exposure. Health officials can declare a COVID-19 outbreak “when evidence is found of COVID-19 spread from one person who has tested positive for COVID-19 to another.”
There are no local outbreaks at this time.