Fraser Health reported a recent COVID-19 exposure event at Kent Elementary School. (file photo)

Fraser Health reported a recent COVID-19 exposure event at Kent Elementary School. (file photo)

Fraser Health confirms COVID-19 exposure at Kent Elementary

Those who need to take action will be contacted directly, health authority says

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.

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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.

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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.


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