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Posted: April 19, 2021

Potential COVID-19 exposures reported in local schools

Interior Health (IH) reports five East Kootenay schools have had potential COVID-19 exposures between April 6 and 12.

Windermere Elementary School and Eileen Madson Primary School in Invermere had potential exposures on April 6.

There were potential exposures at Cranbrook’s Mount Baker Secondary School and Kimberley’s McKim Middle School on April 8 and 9.

And Invermere’s David Thompson Secondary School (pictured) is reported as having potential exposures on April 9 and 12.

Should a student or teacher receive a confirmed positive COVID-19 test result, Interior Health:

  • Starts contact tracing to determine how the person was infected and who they were in close contact with.
  • Identifies and notifies close contacts who may be at an increased risk, and advise them to self-isolate and monitor for symptoms for 14 days.
  • Works closely with the school and school district throughout the case and contact tracing process to maintain close communication with the school community.

IH public health determines close contacts of individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 using specific criteria, based on likelihood of transmission.

IH says exposure notifications are removed after 14 days when the risk of transmission has passed.

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