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Staff at Burnaby daycare told to self-isolate due to COVID-19

Multiple exposure dates listed in letter from Fraser Health
The largest child-care provider in Burnaby looks like it will be closed until Jan. 7 after a confirmed case of COVID-19. IStock photo

*This story has been updated to correct parts of the original story.

One section of the largest child-care provider in Burnaby has had a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Staff at the SFU Childcare Society, which is located in the UniverCity development on Burnaby Mountain, were notified on Dec. 31 by Fraser Health about the COVID-19 case via letter - about a week after the last exposure date.

People may have been exposed on Dec. 21 (from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.), 22 (7:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.) and 23 (7:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.), said the letter, although it doesn’t say if the COVID-19 case was a child or an adult. 

The SFU Childcare Society operates multiple centres - according to an email from a parent - and only one was affected. The staff who received the letter from Fraser Health need to self-isolate. The parent who wrote the NOW said other "centres" operated by the society will function as normal on Monday.

The staff who received the letter are being told to self-isolate until Jan. 6, which means not going to work or any public areas, including grocery shopping.

In 2018, the non-profit society celebrated its 50th anniversary of providing child care to SFU’s faculty, staff, students and surrounding community. SCS cares for roughly 300 kids and is Burnaby’s largest child-care provider, according to information provided to the NOW.