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Numerous Burnaby schools flagged for COVID-19 exposure events

Seven schools issued alerts in May
Numerous Burnaby schools have been flagged for COVID-19 exposure events in May.

While COVID-19 numbers continue to drop in B.C. and Burnaby, there are many local schools being alerted for exposure events. 

Seven schools throughout Burnaby have been flagged by Fraser Health for potential exposure this month. A current list as of this publication is as follows: 

  • Twelfth Avenue Elementary - May 3,4
  • Stride Avenue Community School - May 3,4
  • Maywood Community Elementary - May 4,5
  • Lakeview Elementary - May 3,5
  • Byrne Creek Community School - May 3,4,5
  • Burnaby South Secondary - May 3,4
  • Burnaby Mountain Secondary - May 3

In all instances, Fraser Health's school-exposure section explains the following:

If a student or teacher receives a confirmed positive COVID-19 test result, 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.
  • Health officials identify and notify close contacts who may be at an increased risk, and advise them to self-isolate and monitor for symptoms for 14 days.
  • Only public health officials can determine who is a close contact. Learning groups, friends or other connections may not be determined to be a close contact.
  • 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.

As of this publication, Fraser Health has a total of 77,923 recorded cases, with 4,391 currently active. 

There are 266 people hospitalized throughout the region, 87 of whom are in critical care or ICU. 

The BCCDC says 848 lives have been lost due to the virus.