COVID-19 cases are surging throughout the province and Greater Victoria schools are no exception.
Since Friday morning (Dec. 17), Island Health has added 15 more Greater Victoria schools to its exposure list, indicating at least one confirmed case of the virus at each one.
Seven of the added schools are in the Greater Victoria School District.
Students and staff who attend Mount Douglas Secondary School were at risk of exposure on Dec. 9 or 10, while those at Oaklands Elementary School could have come in contact with a case of COVID-19 on Dec. 7 or 9. At Spectrum Community School, those in the building on Dec. 10 or 13 were at risk, while those at McKenzie Elementary were affected Dec. 13, 14 and 15.
Other potential dates of exposure are Dec. 13 and 15 at Ecole Elementaire Doncaster, Dec. 13 and 14 at Reynolds Secondary School, and Dec. 14 and 15 at Cloverdale Traditional School.
Four schools in the Sooke School District have also been added.
At Dunsmuir Middle School, students and staff may have been exposed to COVID-19 on Dec. 6, while those at David Cameron Elementary School were at risk on Dec. 10. The potential dates of exposure are Dec. 13 and 14 at both Ecole Poirier Elementary School and Wishart Elementary School.
In the Saanich School District, two schools have been added.
Potential dates of exposure are Dec. 13 at Stelly’s Secondary School and Dec. 13, 14 and 15 at Bayside Middle School.
Finally, two independent schools have also been affected. At the Victoria School for Ideal Education, students and staff may have been exposed to the virus on Dec. 7, 8 or 9. At Glenlyon Norfolk School, those in the building Dec. 13, 14 and 15 were also at risk.
In total, 25 Greater Victoria schools are dealing with known COVID-19 cases as of Dec. 20.
Exposures indicate single confirmed cases of the virus that aren’t linked to others in the school. Island Health said when a school is added to its list, it may be dealing with one or more exposures. If transmission is shown between two or more of those cases, it becomes a cluster.
Students and staff who are the most at risk of having been exposed to the virus will be contacted directly by Island Health and instructed to self-isolate. Everyone is asked to continue to monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and get tested if they appear.
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