COVID-19 exposures within Greater Victoria schools increased over the Easter weekend. (Black Press Media file photo)

COVID-19 exposures within Greater Victoria schools increased over the Easter weekend. (Black Press Media file photo)

UPDATED: More COVID-19 exposures reported at Greater Victoria schools over Easter weekend

Schools in Victoria, Colwood, Langford and Saanich announced new exposures over the long weekend

Schools in Victoria, Colwood, Langford and Saanich saw more COVID-19 exposures reported over the Easter weekend.

Dunsmuir Middle School in Colwood was added to Island Health’s COVID-19 exposure list on April 2 and students and staff may have been exposed to the positive case on March 29, 30 and 31 or April 1.

The Sooke School District tweeted that Island Health is conducting contact tracing to identify any individuals that need to self-isolate or self-monitor for symptoms.

Dunsmuir joins Cedar Hill Middle School and Oak Bay High School, which were added to the list earlier this week after the schools had positive cases identified on March 29 and March 30, respectively.

Late in the evening on Saturday, the Greater Victoria School District announced that Cedar Hill is experiencing an additional exposure. The exposure dates for that case include March 30, 31 and April 1.

Later on Saturday, the Greater Victoria School District said Oaklands Elementary School is also dealing with a COVID-19 exposure and students and staff may have been exposed on March 29, 30 and 31.

On Sunday, Sooke School District announced an exposure at Belmont Secondary School in Langford. Students and staff there may have been exposed to a positive case on April 1.

Island Health is conducing contact tracing for all the new cases.

In late February, Island Health warned there would very likely be an increase in school exposures in the weeks following students’ return from March Break. Since then, Greater Victoria has seen six school exposures, including the two separate cases at Cedar Hill Elementary.

The health authority has asked parents to keep their children home from school even if they are only displaying mild symptoms. Those symptoms include fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny nose, the loss of sense of smell or appetite, muscle aches, fatigue and headaches, diarrhea, and nausea or vomiting.

“Make an appointment to get your child and any other symptomatic family members tested, especially if you have travelled during spring break,” Island Health said.

READ: COVID-19 case found at Saanich middle school


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