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If there's a COVID-19 case at my B.C. kid's school, can I go to work?

Last Updated Sep 11, 2020 at 9:12 am PDT

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Summary

A contact of a potential COVID-19 contact does not need to self-isolate, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says

The rules for self-isolation are the same for B.C. schools as the rest of the province

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Question:

Hilda: “If my child gets exposed to COVID-19 at school, does that mean I can’t go to work?”

Answer:

No.

“As with everyone else, contacts of a contact don’t need to self-isolate,” said provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry in a statement provided by the Ministry of Health.

“They should, of course, monitor themselves and ensure they maintain their safe distances, hand hygiene, mask wearing and reduced contacts.”

But if a child gets COVID-19, their parents would then be “close contacts” and would need to self-isolate, Henry said.

She said the rules for public school students and parents are “no different” than those for the rest of the province.

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