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Penticton records 1st school COVID-19 exposure since reporting began last week

Columbia Elementary is joined by several schools in SD53 Okanagan Similkameen

Several schools in School District 53 and one elementary school in SD67 Okanagan Skaha have been added to Interior Health’s school COVID-19 exposure list.

In Penticton, Columbia Elementary had potential COVID-19 exposures on Sept. 20 and 21.

In Oliver, Southern Okanagan Secondary School reports there were potential exposures on Sept. 20, 21 and 23.

As reported last week, Oliver Elementary had multiple days of potential COVID exposures between Sept. 14, 15, 16, 17 and 20.

READ MORE: Multiple COVID exposures at Oliver Elementary

Down in Keremeos, Similkameen Elementary Secondary School is reporting someone in their community tested positive for the virus and attended the school on Sept. 24.

In Kelowna, 14 schools are reporting exposures.

Dr. Bonnie Henry reversed course two weeks ago about not notifying parents about COVID-19 exposures at schools after the provincial health officer previously said reporting of single cases caused too much anxiety.

Concerns from teachers and parents made the reversal to go back to publicizing public school exposures.

READ MORE: Concerns prompt B.C. to return to notifying schools, parents about COVID exposures

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