Northern Health COVID-19 information

Public exposures and outbreaks

Last updated: January 22, 2021, 1:43 pm

COVID-19 school exposures

Northern Health updates this list with the notification information of possible exposures to COVID-19 within schools in the NH region. We are providing this information so school staff, students and parents can be assured that Public Health is following up in their community and exposure risks are being mitigated to the best of our ability.

COVID-19 school notification process:

If a student or teacher receives a confirmed positive COVID-19 test result, Public Health follows a rigorous protocol:

  • Contact tracing is initiated to determine how the individual was infected and who they were in close contact with.
  • We identify and notify close contacts who may be at an increased risk, and advise them to self-isolate and monitor for symptoms for 14 days.
  • Only Public Health can determine who is a close contact. Learning groups, friends or other connections may not be determined to be a close contact.
  • Public Health staff works closely with the school and school district throughout the case and contact management process to maintain close communication with the school community.

If your child’s school receives a notification of exposure:

A notification does not mean your child has been exposed to COVID-19.

If you do not receive a phone call or letter from Public Health, your child should continue to attend school. You can monitor your child for COVID-19 symptoms daily using the BC COVID-19 Health Assessment Tool.

For more information and resources regarding COVID-19, visit our Coronavirus Information (COVID-19) page or B.C.'s Back to School Plan

If your child’s school has been notified of an exposure, no action is required unless you are contacted by Public Health or are otherwise directed by school officials.

Public Health will contact you directly in case of any school exposure involving your child.

School district: School name: Event: Exposure date:
SD 52 (Prince Rupert) Prince Rupert Middle School Exposure January 13-15, 2021
SD 54 (Bulkley Valley) Houston Secondary School Exposure January 13-15, 2021
SD 91 (Nechako Lakes) Fort St. James Secondary School Exposure January 15, 2021
Independent - Nak'azdli Whut'en (Fort St. James) Nak'albun Elementary School Exposure January 11-14, 2021
SD 82 (Coast Mountains) Caledonia Secondary School, Terrace Exposure January 12-13, 2021
Independent (Fort Nelson First Nation) Chalo School Exposure January 6-8, 2021
SD 60 (Peace River North) North Peace Secondary School Exposure January 11, 13-14, 2021
SD 82 (Coast Mountains) Parkside Secondary School, Terrace Exposure January 8, 2021
SD 60 (Peace River North) Clearview Elementary and Junior Secondary School (Fort St. John) Exposure January 7-8, 2021
Independent (Terrace) Centennial Christian School Exposure January 11-12, 2021
SD 54 (Bulkley Valley) Houston Secondary School Exposure January 11-13, 2021
SD 57 (Prince George) DP Todd Secondary School Exposure January 11-12, 2021
SD 52 (Prince Rupert) Lax Kxeen Elementary School Exposure January 12, 2021
SD 52 (Prince Rupert) Conrad Elementary School Exposure January 11-13, 2021
SD 52 (Prince Rupert) Prince Rupert Middle School Exposure January 8, 2021
SD 81 (Fort Nelson) Fort Nelson Secondary School Exposure January 11, 2021
SD 52 (Prince Rupert) Lax Kxeen Elementary School Exposure January 7-8, 2021
SD 91 (Nechako Lakes) Decker Lake Elementary School, Decker Lake Exposure January 4-6, 2021
SD 57 (Prince George) Prince George Secondary School Exposure January 6-7, 2021
SD 82 (Coast Mountains) Uplands Elementary School, Terrace Exposure January 4-6, 2021
Independent (Fort Nelson First Nation)  Chalo School Exposure January 5-7, 2021
SD 28 (Quesnel) McNaughton Secondary School Exposure January 6-8, 2021
SD 57 (Prince George) DP Todd Secondary School Exposure January 4- 6, 2021
SD 57 (Prince George) Valemount Secondary School Exposure January 6, 2021
SD 82 (Coast Mountains) Skeena Middle School, Terrace Exposure January 4, 2021
SD 60 (Peace River North) Ecole Central Elementary, Fort St. John Exposure January 4, 2021
SD 60 (Peace River North) North Peace Secondary School, Fort St. John Exposure January 4, 2021

*Individual school exposures will be removed from the list approximately one month after the last exposure date.

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COVID-19 public exposures

A public exposure (alert) is issued when public health officials are unable to ensure they can identify and directly contact everybody who may have been exposed to a potentially infectious case of COVID-19 in a public setting where they may have been in close contact. NH will update this public exposures page with information if and when there is a possible exposure to COVID-19 to the public in our region.

The possible exposures listed on this site are believed to be low risk but, out of an abundance of caution, Public Health asks anyone who may have visited any of the locations listed on the specified dates and times to monitor themselves for symptoms.

There is no known risk to anyone who attended any listed locations outside of the specified dates and times. If people remain healthy and do not develop symptoms, there is no need to self-isolate and people can continue with their usual daily activities. If you develop any symptoms of COVID-19, please self isolate and contact the COVID-19 Online Clinic and Information Line for Northern BC residents: 1-844-645-7811, or contact your primary care provider. If you have been identified as a COVID-19 case or close contact, please know that NH Public Health will contact you directly and provide further instruction.

City/Town: Location: Address: Potential exposure date(s): Potential exposure time:
         

*Locations will be removed from the list approximately one month after the last exposure date.

For notifications of public exposures related to flights, work sites, cruises, long-distance bus and train travel, and public events, please visit the B.C. Centre for Disease Control public exposures page.

For more information and resources regarding COVID-19, visit our Coronavirus Information (COVID-19) page.

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COVID-19 community/facility outbreaks

The following list includes any outbreaks of COVID-19 declared in Northern Health region communities or facilities. (For information on non-COVID-19 outbreaks in NH facilities, please see below). As with public exposures, please remember that if you have been identified as a COVID-19 case or close contact, NH Public Health will contact you directly and provide further instruction.

City/Town: Location: Outbreak type: Date declared: Date declared over:
Prince Rupert Acropolis Manor On-site outbreak January 19, 2021  
Prince George University Hospital of Northern BC - Rehab Unit On-site outbreak January 4, 2021  

Prince George

University Hospital of Northern BC – Internal Medicine Unit (IMU)

On-site outbreak

December 29, 2020

 

Burns Lake LHA (Burns Lake area), 

Nechako LHA (Fraser Lake area)

CGL worksites:

7 Mile Lodge,

Little Rock Lake Lodge

On-site outbreak

December 19, 2020

January 21, 2021
Kitimat LNG Canada Project site (Diversified) On-site outbreak December 16, 2020 January 11, 2021
Prince George Jubilee Lodge On-site outbreak December 12, 2020  
Fort St. John North Peace Seniors Housing Society apartments On-site outbreak November 22, 2020 December 25, 2020
Kitimat LNG Canada Project site On-site outbreak November 19, 2020 December 25, 2020
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Non-COVID-19 community/facility outbreaks

Outbreaks of non-COVID-19 illnesses/infectious diseases, such as respiratory infections (e.g. influenza), gastrointestinal illnesses (e.g. norovirus), and Clostridium difficile (C.diff), in any hospitals, long-term care facilities, other health facilities within the Northern Health region, or those that are licensed under the Community Care and Assisted Living Act, are included here.

An outbreak occurs when more than two people have the same illness that can be linked back to one source or cause. The medical health officer determines when an outbreak will be declared. For C. difficile, an outbreak is declared when the number of cases increases above what is normally experienced.

Please note that the threshold for declaration of an outbreak is not extremely high (i.e. it takes only a handful of cases of illnesses for us to declare an outbreak), so that we can control and end an outbreak early, before it can affect more people.

If you are intending to visit a facility listed below, please consider postponing your visit until the outbreak is over, in order to help keep you and your loved ones healthy.

City/Town: Facility/Unit: Outbreak type: Date declared: Date declared over:
         
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What should I do when an outbreak occurs?

The best way to prevent the spread of infections is to wash your hands, practice proper sneeze/cough etiquette, and to get an annual flu shot. We also encourage you to stay home if you are or have recently been ill.

Please avoid visiting an affected facility during an outbreak. If the situation is urgent and you must visit the facility, please ensure you are feeling well, and speak to staff about any precautions that may be necessary.

  • Wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand rub product when visiting and when you leave.
  • Follow instructions given by staff.
  • Look for signs with further instructions.

How does Northern Health respond to an outbreak?

We have strict infection control practices that follow provincial guidelines which we adhere to when an outbreak is declared.