Sep
13
2021

Five new cases of COVID-19 in PEI

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

“We have announced 12 cases of COVID-19 over the weekend and have cases in two Charlottetown schools.  We have been unable identify a link to travel and consider these cases to be associated with community transmission. It is extremely important that any Island resident or visitor in our province, with even mild symptoms of COVID-19, be tested. Thank you to everyone in PEI who is isolating as a result of having COVID-19, being a close contact or as the result of travel outside PEI. Thank you for taking steps to keep yourselves and others safe and for helping to prevent the transmission of COVID.”

- Dr. Heather Morrison

11 of the 12 cases from the weekend are under the age of 19 years. Three of the new cases are students at West Royalty Elementary School, all close contacts of previously announced cases. One of the new cases is a student at Charlottetown Rural Senior High School and is also a contact of another positive case. These new cases are self-isolating, and the investigation is ongoing. 

The fifth case is an individual in their 60s with a history of travel outside Atlantic Canada. This individual is self-isolating and contact tracing has been completed. 

There are public exposure notifications related to the recent cases:

  • Angel Nails & Spa (75 Kensington Road) – Wednesday, September 8 between 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm
  • Trailside Music Hall (155 Kent Street) – Thursday, September 9 between 7:00 pm and 10:00 pm
  • Brighton Clover Farm (20 Century Terrace) – Friday, September 10 between 7:30 pm and 8:00 pm

To date, there are eight cases associated with West Royalty Elementary School and two cases associated with Charlottetown Rural High School. Most of the individuals are experiencing mild symptoms of COVID-19. 

Many of the students at Charlottetown Rural High School are fully vaccinated, providing more protection to the entire school population. Anyone who is identified aa a close contact and receives a call from public health, should be tested and self-isolate as directed. In addition, any staff or students at Charlottetown Rural who are not fully vaccinated should be tested tomorrow. Those who are fully vaccinated do not need to be tested. 

The investigations into the school outbreak at West Royalty Elementary and the situation at Charlottetown Rural continues, with contact tracing, testing and isolation, especially for individuals who are not vaccinated.

As of this morning, over 270 close contacts have been identified. 

Since Saturday, 1320 tests have been completed on youth, under the age of 19 years. 

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. 

Prince Edward Island currently has 19 active cases of COVID-19 and has had 252 positive cases since the pandemic began.

As of Saturday, September 11, a total of 247,385 doses of vaccine have been administered. 92.2 per cent of the eligible population have received at least one dose and 83.7 per cent have received two doses. Approximately 42,000 people in PEI are not fully vaccinated, including 30,000 who have not received even one dose of the vaccine. 

Late last week, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization recommended a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or a booster, for individuals who are immune compromised. PEI will be implementing NACI’s recommendation, with more information on the provincial website. 

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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