U.K. variant detected at three Surrey schools with COVID-19 exposures
Three recent COVID-19 exposures in Surrey schools have been confirmed to involve one of the variants of concern that health officials around the world have been monitoring.
Recent exposures at École Woodward Hill Elementary School, Tamanawis Secondary School, and A.H.P. Matthew Elementary School involved the B.1.1.7 variant of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, the Surrey school district confirmed in letters to each school’s community on Saturday.
Surrey schools Supt. Jordan Tinney tweeted an image of the letters Saturday afternoon, along with his thanks to Fraser Health and to the staff, students and community at each school.
The B.1.1.7 variant first emerged in the United Kingdom and is more easily transmitted than other types of the virus.