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VCH warns of COVID-19 exposure at Richmond elementary school

A school exposure occurs when someone with COVID-19 is in the school during their infectious period
Blundell elementary in Richmond
There has been a COVID-19 exposure at Blundell elementary, according to Vancouver Coastal Health.

Vancouver Coastal Health has posted a new COVID-19 exposure warning for a Richmond elementary school.

There was an exposure at Blundell elementary on March 1, according to the health authority’s online list of school exposures.

A school exposure occurs when someone with the virus was present in the school during their infectious period, according to VCH.

The health authority reported on its website that it has “not recorded a significant increase in COVID-19 cases among school-aged children relative to other groups” since schools reopened in September 2020.

Since the start of the pandemic, those aged five to 17 years old have “accounted for 6.5 per cent of VCH’s COVID-19 cases,” the health authority said.

At the Feb. 24 school board meeting, Richmond School District Superintendent Scott Robinson said the district is currently seeing about two to four exposures per week.

Robinson also noted that, while there have been exposures, there have been no known transmissions of COVID-19 in Richmond schools so far.

Other recent school exposures in Richmond, listed by VCH, include: McNeely elementary (Feb. 16 to 19 and Feb. 22 to 24); Palmer secondary (Feb. 22 to 23); Cambie secondary (Feb. 19); Kingswood elementary (Feb. 22); Richmond Secondary (Feb. 17 to 19 and Feb. 22 to 24); McNair secondary (Feb. 24); Homma elementary (Feb. 19); and Steveston-London secondary (Feb. 18 to 19 and Feb. 22).

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