Today the province of British Columbia said they will start letting the public know if area schools are in the midst of a outbreak, cluster, or exposure event.
The announcement came as part of Dr. Bonnie Henry's regular update on Wednesday.
“Beginning today, the BCCDC website will also link to regional health authorities' school notification pages, providing the date and type of notification (outbreak, cluster or exposure) for impacted schools."
Fraser Health’s school notification page is available now and the other regional health authorities will have theirs ready soon.
“As we learn more and better understand where the risks exist, we will continue to adjust our COVID-19 approach and response in B.C. to protect those who are most vulnerable. This is our priority for not only COVID-19, but the second equally concerning pandemic of overdose deaths."
Henry noted it was key to get tested as soon as you have symptoms was so important..
“With the knowledge of new cases or clusters, public health teams can quickly complete contact tracing, notify those who may be exposed and more importantly, contain the further spread."
"Many of the new cases we are seeing in the past weeks are from small gatherings where people see different groups of friends on different days – inadvertently spreading the virus to many people."