Third COVID-19 exposure reported at Delta school

A third COVID-19 exposure case has been reported at a Delta school.

Late Wednesday afternoon, Richardson Elementary principal Patricia Wilson sent out an early notification letter to parents of the North Delta school.

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“Unfortunately, a member of the Richardson Elementary school community has tested positive for COVID-19, and attended school on Oct. 1, 5, 6, 8 and 9th. They are now self-isolating at home with support from local public health teams.

“We are supporting the Fraser Health Authority as they undertake contact tracing to determine if any other members of our school community were in contact with the person who tested positive for COVID-19, and if any additional steps are required.”
Wilson said the school is following the protocol established for these circumstances, which include:

·     The heath authority is performing contact tracing

·     The heath authority will determine if anyone in the school community was in contact with the person who tested positive for COVID-19 while they were potentially infectious

·     The health authority will determine if anyone in the school community is a close contact that is required to self-isolate.

Only the Fraser Health Authority can determine who is a close contact.

Wilson added that if parents are contacted by the FHA, to please follow their advice.

“If you are not contacted by Fraser Health Authority, it has been determined that your child is not at risk of developing COVID-19,” she said. “To ensure personal privacy rights are maintained, we will not be providing additional details.

“The safety and well-being of our students, families and staff remains our highest priority. Please be assured that our school will continue to implement the strict protocols and procedures we have in place so that children can continue to attend school as safely as possible. This includes determining if additional cleaning and disinfection of school spaces is required – over and above the established increase in custodial duties.”

Wilson said students should continue to come to school while contact tracing is underway. She added that parents should continue daily health checks to monitor your child for illness.

The first school exposure case reported was at Delta Secondary in Ladner last month.

Earlier this week, a exposure case was reported at Jarvis Traditional Elementary school in North Delta.

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