Nov
22
2021

Four new cases of COVID-19

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

Two of the individuals are in their 50s and two are in their 20s. Three individuals are contacts of previously announced cases and are linked to the cluster of cases that began in Prince County.

One case is related to travel outside the province. Contact tracing is underway. 

Prince Edward Island currently has 22 active cases of COVID-19 and has had 349 positive cases since the pandemic began.

Yesterday, a case associated with Three Oaks Senior High School was announced. The school is closed today to allow for contact tracing, testing and cleaning. Classmates, bus mates, teachers, bus drivers and close contacts of the case are being tested today. 

The risk of transmission is believed to be low and the situation is not considered an outbreak, at this time. 

Based on the initial results of testing, TOSH will reopen on Tuesday, November 23. Additional test results received later today will provide public health with more information regarding this situation. 

Beginning tomorrow, school contacts who are fully vaccinated, including classmates, bus mates, teachers and staff, who had at least one negative PCR test will follow the Daily Testing for School Contacts Protocol.

From tomorrow until December 3, they will be required to complete a rapid antigen screening test each morning and subject to a negative result, they can attend school and extracurricular activities. Students and staff will be required to bring their negative test result to school each day for verification. The contacts will require PCR testing on Thursday, November 25 and Sunday November 28, then resume the antigen screening tests on the following days. 

Families can pick up a supply of rapid antigen tests at TOSH today until 6:00 p.m.

School contacts who are not fully immunized will be required to self-isolate for 14 days from the date of exposure. Their isolation will end on December 3, 2021.

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 receive their COVID-19 vaccination at one of the Health PEI clinics and those age 18 years or older can visit one of the 28 partner pharmacies across the province.  

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
  • Wear a non-medical mask in indoor places
  • 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

Autumn Tremere
Education and Lifelong Learning
(902) 368-6449
agtremere@gov.pe.ca 

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