COVID-19 exposures in schools take a dip in the Okanagan | The Canadian News

There are now 79 schools across the southern Interior that list at least one exposure to COVID-19, according to the most recent data from Interior Health.

That’s a 19 school drop from just a week earlier, when the health authority listed 98 exposures.


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IH’s school page breaks down COVID-19 exposures based on school boards and they appear to be declining most notably in downtown Okanagan, which has long been a pandemic hotspot.

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There are now 15 schools, including public, French, and independent, that have exhibits in the area from Lake Country to Peachland. That’s less than 23 a week earlier.

That improvement in the case’s trajectory was reflected in information released last week by the BC Center for Disease Control. In its report on the number of cases by local health area, the Okanagan center had 223 cases in the week spanning September 26 and October 2. A week earlier, 278 cases were diagnosed. Both are much lower than the first week of September when 478 cases were diagnosed.

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School exposure counts in Vernon were flat over the past week despite showing a decline in case counts as well, with four cases this week and last week.

The southern Okanagan, which includes Okanagan Similkameen and Okanagan Skaha districts, has six schools that reported exposures this week, compared to eight the previous week.

Health officials have called the fourth wave of the pandemic an unvaccinated pandemic and, for now, children under the age of 12 are not vaccinated.


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As the case count in the five to 11 age group grew last week, according to health officials, new masking mandates were instituted for all students in BC schools, though Interior Health said last week that most of the transmission was through homes and social networks.

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Now BC is set to change its inner public mask term to include all persons age five and older, instead of the previous term covering all persons age 12 and up.


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Slated to be officially announced this week, the mandate would align with the mandate for COVID masks in schools, requiring everyone from kindergarten onward to wear a mask indoors.

It will include shopping malls, shops, supermarkets, libraries, community centers, pubs and bars, as well as workplaces where people interact with a larger part of the public.

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