Yuki Ikari / Staff reporter

The weekly case count in the Tri-Cities rose from 109 to 269 last week, increasing by 147% according to Fraser Health.

 Amongst those cases, there were 31 school exposures, including a cluster at a Port Moody elementary school. The principal was forced into isolation.

Dozens of cases appear to be linked to a trivia night at a Port Moody pub. There were also exposures in businesses such a Port Moody Shoppers Drug Mart, as well as a Safeway and two Superstores in Coquitlam.

The virus also affected the local hockey league. On Wednesday, four members of the Port Moody Amateur Hockey Association had tested positive, which put a pause to its season.

Over the long weekend, there was an outbreak at the Shaughnessy Care Centre, where at least two residents have tested positive. And at the North Fraser Pretrial Centre in Port Coquitlam, at least 26 people have tested positive as public health teams work to contain one of three outbreaks in Metro Vancouver jails.

Carmel Kiani, a grade 10 student at Heritage Woods Secondary School said “people aren’t sticking to the rules because they are upset about them, but doing this worsens our current state which will make it even longer”. Gavin Yang from Pinetree Secondary School has similar opinions on this news story. He said, “I feel unsafe because the people around me are having to be quarantined and I feel endangered by the government and the school”.


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