Second B.C. school reports COVID-19 exposure

U.S. National Institutes of Health image shows the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (yellow) emerging from the surface of cells, (blue/pink,) cultured in the lab. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Parents at Ecole Panorama Ridge Secondary in Surrey have learned that a person who attended the school last Tuesday was COVID-19 positive.

On Friday, Surrey School Board superintendent Jordan Tinney sent an email to parents saying there were no students in the school on that day and that health authority contact tracing was underway. Tinney reported the contact was deemed low risk.

Last Monday, the head of a West Vancouver private school sent a letter to parents saying there had been an exposure at a Grade 9 day camp and that those at risk were in isolation. The school was not closed as the exposure had occurred off campus.

Full-time return to class for public secondary students starts on Monday, with elementary students in their second week.

There are 1,461 active cases of COVID-19 (as of Sept. 11), of which 49 are in hospital. Many cases are isolating in long-term care facilities and private residences.