Advertisement

21 people isolating after COVID-19 exposure at Kelowna independent school

File photo - an empty classroom. The Canadian Press fill

Twenty-one people are in isolation after a COVID-19 exposure at St. Joseph Elementary School in Kelowna.

It’s the third Kelowna school to report a COVID-19 exposure in the last two weeks.

Interior Health said a single case has been identified associated with St. Joseph Elementary.

The person was at the school on Oct. 21 and 22.

Read more: B.C. reports 817 new cases of COVID-19 over three days, crushing records

The superintendent of the Catholic Independent Schools of the Nelson Diocese, which includes St. Joseph Elementary, said the school was notified about the positive case late Monday.

While one class is in isolation, the school remains open and Supt. Arthur Therrien is reassuring parents the school is still a safe environment.

Story continues below advertisement

“Interior Health says we’ve done everything we were supposed to do,” Therrien said.

“We are hoping to let parents know that we are working hard to ensure our protocols are in place to look after their children and our staff and hopefully this will clear up and we can move on.”

Click to play video: 'More people ordered to isolate after an outbreak was declared at Kelowna school' More people ordered to isolate after an outbreak was declared at Kelowna school
More people ordered to isolate after an outbreak was declared at Kelowna school – Oct 26, 2020

Kelowna Secondary School and Kelowna francophone school, École de l’Anse-au-sable have also experienced exposures since Oct 13.

Central Okanagan Public Schools announced Monday that a second case had been identified at Kelowna Secondary School.

Read more: Coronavirus: Second COVID-19 case confirmed at Kelowna Secondary School

A member of the school’s community acquired the virus from a household member and that case is unrelated to the first case announced on Sunday, according to a school district spokesperson.

Story continues below advertisement

Meanwhile, more than 175 people are in self-isolation due to exposure to 11 cases of COVID-19 discovered at École de l’Anse-au-sable.

Click to play video: 'As the number of COVID cases grows at a Kelowna school, parents are expressing concerns about containment efforts' As the number of COVID cases grows at a Kelowna school, parents are expressing concerns about containment efforts
As the number of COVID cases grows at a Kelowna school, parents are expressing concerns about containment efforts – Oct 23, 2020

 

École de l’Anse-au-sable is home to more than 350 students from kindergarten to Grade 12 and has been shut down until Nov. 5 due to a lack of staff to safely operate, according to School District 93, B.C.’s Francophone school authority.

–With files from Doris Bregolisse

Sponsored content