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Surrey school ordered to close due to COVID-19 outbreak

Cambridge Elementary School in Surrey will close for two weeks after Fraser Health declared an outbreak of COVID-19. This is the first school closure ordered by a health authority in the Lower Mainland.

SURREY (NEWS 1130) — Cambridge Elementary School in Surrey will close for two weeks after Fraser Health declared an outbreak of COVID-19.

This is the first school closure ordered by a health authority in the province.

A letter from superintendent Jordan Tinney Saturday confirms the closure — effective immediately and in effect until Nov. 30.

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“Fraser Health has taken the exceptional step of declaring an outbreak,” the letter reads.

“A school outbreak is defined as a significant number of cases likely to have occurred on-site, that extend beyond a classroom or administrative area such as a cohort, and exceptional measures are needed to control transmission.”

Seven people at the school have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to a release from Fraser Health.

“As a precautionary measure to respond to this outbreak, Fraser Health has advised the Surrey School District to close Cambridge Elementary School for a two-week period to break any chains of COVID-19 transmission that may be present at the school,” it reads.

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This is the second school in the province to have an outbreak declared. The first was at Kelowna’s École de l’Anse-au-sable. That school closed for two weeks after administrators determined that, due to the number of people required to self-isolate, there were not enough “available human resources” to stay open.