Interior Health has confirmed a positive COVID-19 case at J.A. Laird Elementary School in Invermere. According to the health authority, the positive case was from a student at the school on September 14th and 15th.
Previously speaking to Interior Health about potential exposures in schools, the health authority told MyEastKootenayNow.com that if there is a case, contact tracing will begin immediately.
Interior Health said the following steps are taken when a COVID-19 case is confirmed at a local school:
- We begin the process of contact tracing to determine how the person was infected and who they were in close contact with
- We identify and notify close contacts who may be at an increased risk, and advise them to self isolate and monitor for symptoms for 14 days
- We work closely with the school and school district throughout the case and contact tracing process to maintain close communication with the school community
“When a case of COVID-19 is confirmed, IH public health will work quickly to determine close contacts, and will make direct contact with parents/guardians of students who are considered to be at risk.”
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The health authority said it’s important to note that a case of COVID-19 exposure, does not mean every student or staff member at the school is at risk.
“If you do not receive a phone call or letter from Interior Health, your child should continue to attend school.”
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Anyone that has not directly heard from Interior Health should continue about their daily habits as normal, ensuring they take necessary precautions as they would before.
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