Northern Health is warning of possible Covid-19 exposures at the Ma Murray YMCA daycare between Nov. 16 to 18.
The health authority says children and staff may have been in contact with a lab-confirmed case, and that they should monitor for symptoms until midnight on Dec. 2.
"Every licensed child care facility in BC has a COVID-19 safety plan in place. In this circumstance, the safety plan was followed precisely - and because of this, the risk of further transmission is low," Medical Health Officer Dr. Raina Fumerton wrote in a Nov. 22 letter.
Northern Health has warned of several school-based exposures over the last week, including at Bert Bowes Middle School and North Peace Secondary in Fort St. John, as well as at Chetwynd Secondary School.
On Monday, it declared an outbreak at North Peace Seniors Housing, where eight cases and one death have so far been reported.
The school district says it has not been notified of any related exposures to the larger school population, and continues to follow its Covid-19 health and safety protocols.
Letter from Northern Health follows:
Northern Health has released the following statement:
"We are aware there have been concerns expressed, and our public health teams are working hard to connect directly with families about this potential exposure and what action they need to take. We expect this ongoing contact work to be complete later today. Public Health works in collaboration with operators of settings where there have been potential exposures, such as daycares – and in some cases, the operators do assist with providing early notification and direction to their clientele.
"Increases in COVID-19 activity in our region and across the province are inevitably increasing the time it takes for public health teams to make direct contact with confirmed cases and their close contacts. And the recently launched option for people to receive positive COVID-19 results via text message means individuals receive their results very quickly, and will need to self-isolate while they await a call from public health with further information and instruction. More details on that can be found on the BCCDC web page Understanding Test Results.
"Regarding whether there are any concerns for the school – public health conducts thorough contact tracing for all confirmed cases, and if their investigation uncovered any concern about exposure to the school community, a (separate) notification would be issued in that regard."
This is a developing story.
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