Northern Health has announced on Dec. 8 a COVID-19 exposure at Uplands Elementary School. This photo shows Uplands Elementary students participating in a drive-by greet with teachers and school staff, which was held April 3 when schools were closed in the early days of the pandemic. (Jake Wray photo)

Northern Health has announced on Dec. 8 a COVID-19 exposure at Uplands Elementary School. This photo shows Uplands Elementary students participating in a drive-by greet with teachers and school staff, which was held April 3 when schools were closed in the early days of the pandemic. (Jake Wray photo)

COVID-19 exposure reported at Uplands Elementary School in Terrace

It is the third known exposure at a Terrace school

Northern Health has declared a COVID-19 exposure at Uplands Elementary School in Terrace.

The exposure occurred between Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, according to a bulletin on Northern Health’s website. Northern Health does not release details about school exposures, such as the number of cases associated with the exposure.

This is the third known exposure at a school in Terrace. The first exposure took place between Nov. 23 and Nov. 26 at Centennial Christian School. The second exposure was at Suwilaawks Community School between Nov. 27 and Nov. 30. There have been numerous school exposures elsewhere in the Northern Health Authority.

The Northern Health website outlines how the public health authority responds to school exposures. Public health officials perform contact tracing to determine who came into close contact with the infected person. Close contacts are then advised to self-isolate for 14 days.

Public health officials will directly contact parents of children who may be involved in a school exposure. Parents are not required to take any action unless directed by public health officials. Parents who are not contacted by public health officials should continue to send their children to school, the Northern Health website states.

– With files from Ben Bogstie

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