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The health and safety of all students, staff and school communities is our top priority. In partnership with public health officials, Surrey Schools is closely monitoring the current situation with regard to the novel coronavirus.
On Feb. 14, the Minister of Health and the Provincial Health Officer issued a joint statement announcing B.C.'s fifth (presumed) case of novel coronavirus (COVID-2019) – a woman in her 30's, living in the Interior Health region. The woman traveled to Vancouver from Shanghai. The woman displayed symptoms shortly after arrival and promptly self-isolated and contacted public health officials. For more information, please see joint statement: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0036-000284
Letter to parents from Provincial Health Officer (Feb. 7)
Please note provincial recommendations on travel related, self isolation:
The Provincial Health Officer is advising travellers who have been to Hubei province in the last 14 days to limit their contact with others for 14 days (self-isolation, stay at home) following arrival in Canada.
The Provincial Health Officer is also advising that anyone who is concerned they may have been exposed to, or are experiencing symptoms of, the coronavirus should contact their primary care provider, local public health office or call 811. Translation services for 811 are available in more than 130 languages.
Feb. 11 joint statement from the Ministry of Health and the Provincial Health Officer: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0028-000258
Feb. 6 joint statement from the Ministry of Health and the Provincial Health Officer: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0025-000236
Feb. 4 joint statement from the Ministry of Health and the Provincial Health Officer: https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health
Feb. 3 joint statement from the Ministry of Health and the Provincial Health Officer - https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0020-000210
Ministry of Health response plans - https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/current-health-topics/pandemic-influenza
Novel Coronavirus Q&A from HealthLinkBC: https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-feature/coronavirus
BC Centre for Disease Control: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/coronavirus-(novel)
Government of Canada - Novel Coronavirus in China Travel Health Notice: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/travel-health-notices/210