COVID-19 'cluster' closes New Westminster school for two weeks

A New Westminster school is shutting down for two weeks due to a COVID-19 cluster.

Fraser Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Al-Hidayah School, an independent school in New Westminster, to manage a cluster of COVID-19 cases at this location.

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Eight COVID-19-positive cases have been identified at the school.

As a result of this cluster, Al-Hidayah School has advised Fraser Health that they will functionally close the school for a two-week period due to the staffing challenges presented by the cluster.

In a school environment, if a student or teacher receives a confirmed positive COVID-19 test result, Fraser Health Public Health follows a rigorous protocol:

  • Contact tracing is initiated to determine how the individual was infected and who they were in close contact with in order to advise for self-monitoring or isolation.
  • Public Health staff works closely with the school and school district throughout the case and contact management process to maintain close communication with the school community.

This follows exposures at two other local schools, including Lord Tweedsmuir Elementary on Nov. 2 and New Westminster Secondary on Nov. 2 and 3.

In other other areas, Fraser Health has declared an outbreak at Cambridge Elementary School in Surrey, after seven COVID-19-positive cases were identified. As a precautionary measure to respond to this outbreak, Fraser Health has advised the Surrey School District to close Cambridge Elementary School for a two-week period to break any chains of COVID-19 transmission that may be present at the school.

In addition, Fraser Health is working closely with the Delta School District to manage a cluster of COVID-19 cases at Jarvis Elementary School in Delta. Six COVID-19-positive cases have been identified at this location. As a result of this cluster, the Delta School District has advised Fraser Health that they will functionally close Jarvis Elementary School for a two-week period due to the staffing challenges presented by the cluster.

 

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