COVID-19 case identified among member of OKM community

COVID-19 at OKM and RSS

UPDATE: 3:12 p.m.

A COVID-19 case has been confirmed at Rutland Senior Secondary.

ORIGINAL: 8:45 a.m.

Another person at Okanagan Mission Secondary has tested positive for COVID-19.

Parents at the Kelowna school received a letter from School District 23 Friday, advising them that a person who was at the school on Nov. 26 has since tested positive for the virus. It's unclear if the person is a student or staff member.

Interior Health is currently working on contact tracing to identify any close contacts of the person. Anyone who's required to self isolate as a result will be contacted by IH.

The new exposure comes after another case was disclosed at the school on Wednesday. It's believed there have been eight separate cases among people at OKM to date, but Interior Health does not believe transmission has occurred within the school.

An outbreak is declared at a school when transmission of the virus has been identified within the school.

Schools across the Okanagan, and across most of B.C., have had COVID-19 exposures since schools reopened in September, but few outbreaks have been declared.

The pandemic has resulted in teacher staffing shortages in School District 23, forcing Superintendent Kevin Kaardal to fill in by teaching science at Rutland Secondary School Friday.

A full list of active exposures at Interior schools can be found here

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