COVID Rumor At Smithers School Dispelled; New School Exposure In Terrace

Parents urged to continue following virus safety protocols.

Keeping up with COVID exposures at B.C. schools is starting to feel like a full-time job for parents. Case in point: the same day a rumor about a possible exposure in Smithers was dispelled, a new exposure was reported in Terrace. 

In recent days, rumors had been swirling about COVID being at Walnut Park Elementary School in Smithers. A letter from the school sought to reassure parents that no exposure has yet been reported.

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“We have been recently made aware of concerns in our school community of the presence of COVID-19,” the letter stated, per a report in the Interior News. “As of this time, we have not been notified by the local health authority regarding any staff or student being confirmed to have COVID-19.”

Meanwhile, a report in the Terrace Standard confirmed a new exposure at Suwilaawks Community School. 

“The exposure occurred between Nov. 27 and Nov. 30, according to a bulletin on Northern Health’s website,” the paper reported. “Northern Health does not release details about school exposures, such as the number of cases associated with the exposure.”

As Skeena Strong reported last week, this is the second exposure so far for a school in Terrace. Nearly one-third of all B.C. schools have reported exposures at this point. 

Walnut Park Elementary’s principal Nicole Davey is urging parents to stay vigilant, despite the recent rumor being dispelled. “Please continue talking to your children about social distancing, proper handwashing, and wearing a mask when appropriate,” she wrote. 

Written by Skeena Strong

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