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COVID-19 case at Kelowna Secondary School confirmed

Interior Health confirmed a member of the Kelowna Secondary School (KSS) community tested positive for COVID-19, according to a press release from the school district.
Interior Health confirmed a member of the Kelowna Secondary School (KSS) community tested positive for COVID-19, according to a press release from the school district. Courtesy: KSS

A case of COVID-19 has been confirmed at the Okanagan’s largest school, Kelowna Secondary.

The Central Okanagan school district says in a press release that Interior Health has confirmed the positive test, but school officials won’t say if it’s a student or staff member who is sick.

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The infected individual is self-isolating at home with support from local public health teams, the school district says.

“Interior Health follows up with anyone potentially exposed to a confirmed case directly through contact tracing,” school administrators said in the release.

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“The safety and well-being of students, families, and staff remains our highest priority.”

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Central Okanagan Public Schools says it will continue to work closely with Interior Health to determine if any additional action is required.

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The news comes on the same day École de l’Anse-au-sable, a French-language school located in Kelowna, notified parents the entire school would be shut down for 10 days due to a coronavirus outbreak.

Several schools in the Interior Health region have experienced COVID-19 exposure events since classes resumed in September, and the full list can be found here.