Public exposures and outbreaks

Last updated: September 16, 2021, 2:00 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.

BCCDC has added online resources for parents and students, about safety measures in schools, attending school safely and what happens when there is a case of COVID-19 in schools.

School district: School name: Event: Exposure date:
No current exposure notifications      

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

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COVID-19 workplace closure orders

BC’s provincial health officer (PHO) has put in place an Expedited Workplace Closure order to allow WorkSafeBC inspectors to support the work of public health and to support businesses when a COVID-19 outbreak occurs at a worksite.

Effective Monday, April 12, workplaces with COVID-19 cases related to workplace transmission may be closed down for a minimum 10-day period, unless there is an overriding public interest in keeping that workplace open. Public Health will determine whether it is more likely than not that transmission has occurred at work.

If the public health investigation determines that transmission of COVID-19 has occurred at a workplace, an order may be issued closing the workplace for 10 days or longer to stop the transmission. In the case of complex workplaces (e.g., large construction sites), the closure may be restricted to those parts of the workplace where transmission has occurred.

The following table lists workplaces that have been closed in the Northern Health region, and the date of their expected reopening.

Workplace name: Location: Closure date: Reopening date:
No closure orders in effect

 

   
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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 Northern Health Virtual Primary and Community Care Clinic: 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:
Prince Rupert Crane's Crossing Shelter (North Coast Transition Society) 1080 3rd Avenue West, Prince Rupert February 22-24, 2021 Unspecified (February 22, 23 and 24)
Prince George Active Support Against Poverty 1188, 6th Avenue January 19-21, 2021 January 19-21, 2021

*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 George Jubilee Lodge On-site outbreak September 6, 2021  
Fort St. John Fort St. John Hospital - Inpatient Unit On-site outbreak August 27, 2021  
Fort St. John Area, Northeast BC Site C Hydroelectric Dam Project On-site outbreak August 16, 2021  
Dawson Creek Rotary Manor - Special Care Unit (South) On-site outbreak June 11, 2021 July 8, 2021
Quesnel On-site outbreak May 20, 2021 June 16, 2021
Fort St. John Heritage Manor II On-site outbreak May 18, 2021 June 22, 2021
Fort St. John Area, Northeast BC Site C Hydroelectric Dam Project On-site outbreak April 28, 2021 June 23, 2021
Dawson Creek Dawson Creek & District Hospital - Medical Inpatient Unit On-site outbreak April 19, 2021 May 20, 2021
Prince Rupert Acropolis Manor On-site outbreak April 3, 2021 May 5, 2021
Prince Rupert Prince Rupert Regional Hospital - Patient Care Unit On-site outbreak March 28, 2021 April 28, 2021
North of Stewart, BC Brucejack Mine (main camp) On-site outbreak February 10, 2021 March 21, 2021
Dawson Creek

Dawson Creek & District Hospital – Medical Inpatient Unit

On-site outbreak February 7, 2021 March 12, 2021
Prince Rupert Acropolis Manor On-site outbreak January 19, 2021 March 15, 2021
Prince George University Hospital of Northern BC - Rehab Unit On-site outbreak January 4, 2021 January 25, 2021

Prince George

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

On-site outbreak

December 29, 2020

February 10, 2021

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 February 11, 2021
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
Prince George University Hospital of Northern BC Precautionary – Family Medicine Unit December 3, 2020 December 16, 2020
Prince George Gateway Lodge Precautionary - Cedar Wing (Upper West/ Second Floor West) December 3, 2020 December 16, 2020
Dawson Creek Rotary Manor On-site outbreak November 2, 2020 December 10, 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.