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Surrey elementary class directed to self-isolate after COVID variant confirmed

Last Updated Mar 1, 2021 at 9:16 am PDT

FILE -- Specimens to be tested for COVID-19 are seen at a lab, in Surrey, B.C., on Thursday, March 26, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
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A class at Cindrich Elementary in Surrey has been told to self-isolate due to variant concern

Class in Surrey told to self-isolate after someone tested positive for a COVID-19 virus variant

SURREY (NEWS 1130) – Another class at a school in Surrey has been ordered to self-isolate after potential exposure to a COVID-19 virus variant.

In a letter, the Cindrich Elementary community is told the class will not return until March 10.

The notice sent to families on Sunday came after students and staff were told that a person who tested positive for COVID-19 was at the school on Feb. 22 and 23.

“Today, we received additional information from Fraser Health that this individual tested positive for a COVID-19 variant of concern,” the letter reads. “This variant or type of virus may spread more easily. Testing for the variant takes longer than standard COVID-19 testing which is why we have received this information now.”

In addition to the class being told to self-isolate, the letter says some other people have also been told to stay home and get tested.

Word of the confirmed case at Cindrich follows the identification of variants at two other schools in Surrey. One person has tested positive for a COVID-19 virus variant at Ecole Woodward Hill Elementary, where one class remains in isolation, while two cases were identified at Surrey Traditional School. Two classes there will have to self-isolate until March 4.

“As these are variants that are new to our communities and more easily transmissible, Fraser Health is working to identify any further connected variant cases to ensure immediate isolation and case management to prevent ongoing transmission,” a statement from the health authority sent Sunday reads.