Student at New West school tests positive for COVID-19

Fraser Health has notified New Westminster’s Douglas College that a student has tested positive for COVID-19.

“Those who may have come into direct contact with the individual in a classroom setting have been contacted,” reads a school statement. “The last time the student was on campus was Friday, March 13. The college has reached out and offered our support to the student, who says they are doing well. Out of an abundance of caution, we are notifying the greater college community as requested by Fraser Health.”

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The student was at the New Westminster campus library on March 13 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. If you were at the above location on the same date and time, Fraser Health asks that from now until March 26 (14 days after the exposure) you: 

  • Monitor your health for fever, cough, sneezing, or sore throat 
  • Avoid crowded public spaces and places where you cannot easily separate yourself from others

“If you do not have symptoms, there is little risk to you or those around you,” reads the statement. “You do not need to isolate yourself, visit a doctor, or get tested. If you experience symptoms or develop symptoms, isolate yourself from others as quickly as possible and remain isolated for 14 days from the onset of symptoms.”

Douglas College is citing privacy for not releasing personal information about its students or employees. This is the only member of the College community with a known positive COVID-19 diagnosis, the school says.  


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