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Weekend busy for contact tracers as Coquitlam area schools hit with COVID-19

Parents alerted at seven Coquitlam area schools that someone in their school community has tested positive for COVID-19 in recent days
Rochester elementary school
Rochester elementary school in Coquitlam has been flagged for four days of COVID-19 exposure.

Seven more schools are being investigated for COVID-19 exposures with notices sent to parents over the weekend as people continue to test positive in the Tri-Cities.

But the reported cases are in Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam — not Port Moody.

And one of the schools, Rochester elementary in Coquitlam, had exposures over four days last week, according to Fraser Health.

Parents are being alerted to the exposures even as community cases have declined and classes get ready for summer break; contract tracers typically take 48 hours to investigate a case, according to Fraser Health.

“A public health risk assessment is underway and you may receive further instructions,” Scott Creek middle school parents were informed via letter on June 5. 

The Fraser Health school exposure website currently has 11 public schools in Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam, and a Port Coquitlam independent school, with exposures within the last 14 days.

Schools recently flagged with exposure notifications over the weekend include the Port Coquitlam schools Irvine elementary (May 27, 30 and 31); Kwayhquitlum middle (May 31 and June 1); and Terry Fox secondary (June 1).

The Coquitlam schools also notified include Scott Creek middle (June 1 and 2); Rochester elementary (June 1, 2, 3 and 4); and Lord Baden Powell (June 2).

Archbishop Carney regional secondary, an independent school, has been notified of an exposure on June 1, 2 and 3.

Meanwhile, students older than 12 are currently eligible for vaccination and, last week, the province announced that second doses would be available for people who got a shot eight weeks ago.

Second doses will follow a schedule similar to first doses.

The first round of invitations will be sent to people who received their first dose in March or April.

B.C. residents whose first shot was Astra-Zeneca have the option booking through the provincial system for Pfizer, Moderna or Astra-Zeneca through their pharmacy, which will call them when they are eligible.

The full list of schools with recent exposures to Monday, June 7 is as follows:



CABE: May 25 and 26

Pinetree secondary: May 25, 28 and 31

Scott Creek middle: June 1 and 2

Blackburn elementary: May 26

Capehorn elementary: May 25, 26 and 28

Rochester elementary: June 1 to 4

Lord Baden-Powell elementary: June 2

Panorama Heights elementary: May 25


Port Coquitlam

Terry Fox secondary: June 1

Archbishop Carney (Indep) June 1, 2 and 3

Kwayhquitlum middle: May 31 and June 1

Irvine elementary: May 27, 28 and 31