Positive cases of COVID-19 have been identified in several schools in the Fraser Health region. However, it hasn’t been confirmed whether the infection includes the highly transmissible B.1.7.7 variant.
Six positive cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the Fraser Health region, which includes two in Surrey, the Ecole Woodward Hill, and Surrey Traditional Elementary each. The six infections include five students and one staff member.
Dr. Bonnie Henry, the provincial health officer, said that the province is working with the schools to conduct additional testing. He added that more information would be revealed after the testing is complete.
On the new variant, Henry said that the genome sequencing test to determine the variant takes time. The school’s testing announcement comes as the B.C. demands more transparency on the exposure and cases of COVID-10 in school.
Teri Mooring, the provincial Teachers’ Federation president, said the B.C. government should make information available to the public. Other provinces, including Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, and Alberta, provide information about COVID-19 since the beginning of the school year.
The breakdown of workers in the education sector with infections claims includes 67 elementary school teachers, 22 secondary school teachers, and 21 assistance teachers. Mooring now wants the health office to release data to back the claims.