Provincial data modeling provided Tuesday by B.C. health officials shows a rise in COVID cases among school children after returning to school.
The data shows, by mid-September, those between five and eight years old and those between nine and 11 years old, leading the way for transmission of the virus.
As of this week, about 30 out of 100,000 people in BC aged nine to 11 are getting COVID and 22 out of 100,000 people aged five to eight are getting the virus. The next highest group is 18 to 39 year olds, at a rate of 15 out of every 100,000.
The province did not provide similar data for people ages zero to four.
While cases among children are increasing, hospitalization rates remain low.
For example, children between the ages of five and eight are being hospitalized at the same rate of 2.5 per day as last April.
The province has also released details about tracking cases among children.
Regional health officials will begin posting K-12 school ‘potential risk events’ on their websites from Tuesday.
As in last year, school and exposure dates will be posted if a person (staff or student) attends school while they are infectious, and at increased risk of COVID-19 in the groups they were part of.
Potential risk events will be posted on the health authority’s websites as identified. Those who are themselves at higher risk and need to take action will be informed directly.
The province noted that public health often has a delay in being notified of a positive lab test and starting an investigation into the case, so postings may lag behind individual parent postings.
On Monday night, the Vancouver School Board became the first in the province to expand its mask mandate to apply to all students from kindergarten to grade 12.
Currently, the provincial guidelines for wearing masks in schools are in force from classes 4 to 12.
Other parent advisory councils are also calling on the province to devise safety protocols in schools.
In a letter sent to the Ministry of Education, PACs in Vancouver, Surrey, Burnaby, New Westminster and Souks called for students from kindergarten to grade 3 in need of face coverings, increased contact tracing, a stronger mask for the return of learning peers called for the mandate. Better ventilation in primary schools and schools.
The letter comes as multiple COVID-19 cases have been reported at Capilano Primary in North Vancouver.
Chilliwack’s Promontory Elementary moved to distance learning last Wednesday after at least 20 cases were detected among staff and students, and on Friday Fraser Health announced an outbreak at Maple Ridge Christian School, where 32 cases were reported.
The Ministry of Health has said that local public health orders can be applied to entire regions or communities, including schools. For schools, the local medical health officer may issue recommendations to implement specific additional health and safety measures for an individual school, a group of schools, a school district, all schools in the health authority area, or some combination thereof. risk.
Students will also continue to be required to complete daily health check-ups and stay at home if they feel sick.
The ministry also cited the study Vancouver Coastal Health Authority And Fraser Health Authority This suggests that after the resumption of in-class learning, schools were not significant sources of COVID-19 transmission.
On Monday, BC reported 2,239 new cases of COVID, including 876 on Saturday, 657 on Sunday and 706 on Monday.
There were also 18 COVID-19-related deaths in the three days to a total of 1,940 since the pandemic began.
There are 303 people in hospitals, of whom 141 are in intensive care.
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