Merritt Central confirms COVID-19 exposure

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A member of the Merritt Central Elementary community has tested positive for COVID-19, according to School District No. 58 Nicola-Similkameen.

The person who tested positive is now self-isolating.

The dates of exposure at Merritt Central were Feb. 8 and 9, with Interior Health Authority performing contact tracing to determine who may have come in contact with this person and thus needs to quarantine.

Those who have not been contacted by Interior Health Authority are encouraged to send their children to school as usual.

“The safety and well-being of our students, families and staff remains our highest priority,” reads a statement from Stephen McNiven, Superintendent of Schools.

“Please be reassured that Merritt Central Elementary will continue to implement the strict protocols and procedures we have in place so that children can continue to attend school as safely as possible. Our regular process of cleaning and sanitization continue diligently to ensure that our physical spaces are ready for all students and staff.”

No additional details about this exposure will be provided to ensure personal privacy rights are maintained.

Morgan Hampton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Merritt Herald