Two Port Moody facilities and a number of schools have been dealing with COVID-19 cases in recent days, prompting a Fraser Health alert, a minor sports team to pause activities as well as concerns about the virus at a grocery store and pub.
Shoppers Drug Mart at Ioco Road and St. James’s Well are among Tri-City facilities monitoring COVID-19 cases in recent days while a small spike has also been reported in local schools
Fraser Health is alerting patrons who attended a trivia night at St. James’s Well at 248 Newport Drive during a Trivia Night event on Feb. 2 to monitor for symptoms.
The event occurred at the pub between 6:30 and 9 p.m. that evening.
St. James’s Well announced via Facebook Feb. 12 that customers and staff contracted COVID-19 between Feb. 2 to 7 and confirmed it would shut down for the weekend to do a deep clean and allow staff to enjoy the Family Day long weekend.
It was slated to re-open today, Feb. 16, according to the post.
Fraser Health, meanwhile, only stated that Feb. 2 was a concern at the pub because it wasn’t able to identify all individuals potentially exposed via contact tracing.
But Fraser Health says the exposures are low risk.
And in a more recent case, Loblaw reported on Feb. 12 about a positive COVID-19 case at a Shoppers Drug Mart located on 221 Ioco Road, Unit 250.
The last day the team member worked was Feb. 9.
Five Port Moody schools have had COVID-19 exposures, most of them with positive tests last week.
Port Moody and Anmore schools hit with coronavirus in recent days include the following (as of Feb. 16):
PORT MOODY SCHOOL EXPOSURES
• Aspenwood elementary -Feb. 8, 9, 10
• Glenayre elementary - Feb. 8,9,10, 11, 12
• Heritage Woods secondary - Jan. 28, 29; Feb. 2, 3, 8,9,10,11,12
• Mountain Meadows elementary - Feb. 4, 5, 8, 9,10,11
• Moody elementary - Feb. 9,10
• Eagle Mountain middle school - Feb. 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 11
Meanwhile, the Port Moody Amateur Hockey Association made the decision last week to pause all hockey activities. On its website, the hockey association says it is taking a break in hockey activities until Wednesday, Feb. 17, “after carefully considering the relevant factors.”
The statement said while the pause hadn’t been mandated by public health authorities, the association believed “it is the most appropriate measure in order to minimize risk for players, staff and user groups.”
The Tri-City News reached out to PMAHA for clarification and has yet to hear back.
At Mountain Meadows, a principal has been asked to self isolate for 14 days, and Fraser Health has confirmed there are no classes isolating at the school but a cluster has been identified.
A school cluster is when in-school transmission is believed to have occurred between two or more individuals with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 who attended the same school within a 14 day period.