Sep
16
2021

Eight new cases of COVID-19 in PEI; pop-up testing clinic at West Royalty Elementary for staff and students tomorrow

Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Heather Morrison, has announced eight new positive cases of COVID-19 in Prince Edward Island.

Three individuals are under the age of 10 years and four individuals are between the ages of 10 and 19 years. All seven of these cases are associated with the outbreak at West Royalty Elementary School in Charlottetown and all initially tested negative and then tested positive on a second or subsequent test. 

There is also one case unrelated to the outbreak, an individual in their 60s who recently travelled outside Atlantic Canada. Contact tracing is complete, and the individual is self-isolating.  

As an additional layer of protection and out of an abundance of caution, a pop-up testing clinic will be set up at West Royalty Elementary School tomorrow, Friday, September 17 from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm. 

“Throughout the pandemic we have had examples of individuals testing negative on a first test and then testing positive and we are seeing this pattern in the West Royalty School outbreak. I am concerned about this outbreak and the impact on children and families. The results of the repeat school-wide testing tomorrow will provide more information about potential cases of COVID-19 in the West Royalty Elementary School community. If no cases are identified, that will be a positive sign that we are moving in the right direction to get this outbreak under control.”

- Dr. Heather Morrison

All West Royalty Elementary School students who are not currently in self-isolation and do not have symptoms are asked to be tested on Friday, September 17at the school, even if they have previously tested negative:

  • Children in grades 4 to 6 should go to the pop-up clinic at the school between 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm
  • Children in grades K to 3 should go to the pop-up clinic at the school between 3:30 pm and 5:30 pm 
  • If there are multiple children in the same family, they can go to the clinic at the school together. 
  • Partially or unvaccinated staff can go to the clinic any time between 1:30 pm and 5:30 pm.

Any West Royalty Elementary students who are not currently in self-isolation but are experiencing symptoms should visit a Health PEI drop-in testing clinic. 

Students who have been contacted by public health and are currently in self-isolation, should not go to the pop-up clinic. These students and their families should follow the direction they were given by public health. 

A public update on the results of the school-wide testing will be provided on Saturday.
Children who attend West Royalty Elementary School should not attend any extracurricular activities until they have received a negative test at the pop-up clinic on Friday. 

There is a public exposure notification related to one of the cases:

  • Toys R Us (201 Buchanan Drive, Charlottetown) on Monday, September 13 between 3:30 pm and 4:00 pm

Anyone who was at this location during these times should monitor closely for symptoms and if any develop, visit a drop-in testing clinic.

Prince Edward Island currently has 35 active cases of COVID-19 and has had 268 positive cases since the pandemic began.

Any Island resident or visitor experiencing even mild symptoms of COVID-19 should be tested and take extra precautions until more is known about the extent of COVID-19 transmission in PEI. 

The O’Leary mobile testing clinic will delay opening until a later date. 

As always, all Islanders are urged to get tested if they experience any symptoms of COVID-19, even after a previous negative test, and to self-isolate until the results come back. Islanders are also encouraged to download the free national COVID Alert app, which will let them know if they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Anyone age 12 and over can make an appointment to receive their COVID-19 vaccination at one of the public clinics online or by calling 1-844-975-3303; those age 18 years or older can also make an appointment by contacting one of the 28 partner pharmacies across the province. Every Islander in the target age range will have the opportunity to be vaccinated in 2021.

For information on PEI’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout, including vaccine facts, immunization data and booking an appointment, visit: COVID-19 Vaccines. For answers to commonly asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccines, visit: Answers to Common COVID-19 Vaccine Questions.

For the latest information about Prince Edward Island’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit: COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Prince Edward Island.

Backgrounder:

The Chief Public Health Office continues to work closely with the federal government, provincial and territorial counterparts, government departments and Health PEI to monitor the pandemic situation and prepare for all COVID-19 related impacts to the province, including health, social and economic. The public health risk of COVID-19 is continually reassessed, and Islanders will be updated as new information becomes available.
 
Everyone is encouraged to follow routine prevention measures:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue
  • Get vaccinated
  • Stay home if you are not feeling well
  • Limit touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Keep your circle of contacts small
  • Physical distance - stay two meters (6 feet) apart
  • Don’t share items like drinking glasses and water bottles
  • Frequently clean surfaces like taps, doorknobs and countertops
  • Visit a drop-in-clinic to be tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms

Media Contact:
Samantha Hughes
Health and Wellness
shughes@gov.pe.ca

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