UPDATE: COVID-19 confirmed at two Vernon schools

Interior Health confirmed both exposures were on Jan. 4-5

Members of Vernon’s Seaton Secondary School have tested positive for COVID-19. Interior Health confirms the exposure was on Jan. 4-5, 2021. (Facebook)

Members of Vernon’s Seaton Secondary School have tested positive for COVID-19. Interior Health confirms the exposure was on Jan. 4-5, 2021. (Facebook)

COVID-19 has now been confirmed at two Vernon schools Saturday.

According to Interior Health, members of WL Seaton Secondary School have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Potential exposure dates are listed as Jan. 4 and 5.

In a letter to parents, Principal Jeff Huggins said individuals who tested positive are self-isolating at home, and the health authority is undertaking contact tracing.

“If you are contacted by Interior Health Authority, please follow their advice,” Huggins said.

As well, a letter sent to parents by Hillview Elementary Principal Brian Smyth states that members of the school in grades 4 and 7 have also tested positive for the virus. The letter states these students are also self-isolating at home with support from local public health teams. The exposure dates at Hillview are also Jan. 4 and 5.

Vernon has seen among the highest positive case totals in the North Okanagan-Shuswap since the winter holidays, with 76 reported cases from Dec. 27 to Jan. 2.

These are the first reported school exposures in Vernon since an Interior Health notice was issued for Clarence Fulton Secondary School in early December.

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Brendan Shykora
Reporter, Vernon Morning Star
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