Nov
20
2021

Four new cases of COVID-19 in PEI; new public exposure notifications

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

One of the individuals is in their 50s, one is in their 30s and two are in their 20s. One individual is a close contact of a previously announced case; two individuals are linked to the cluster of cases in Prince County; and the other is related to travel outside of the province. All four individuals are isolating, and contact tracing is underway.

“There have been 15 new cases reported in PEI in the last four days, including a cluster of 11 cases related to Prince County. The situation is being managed by public health with contact tracing, testing and isolation of close contacts,” said Dr. Morrison.

“All Island residents are reminded of the importance of not letting our guard down; now is not the time to be complacent. It is still extremely important that we all continue to respect public health measures like staying home when sick, wearing a mask in indoor public places, getting tested even with mild symptoms, and washing hands regularly.”

There are new public exposure sites related to the cases:

Morrison’s Truck Salvage (795 Hebron Road, Coleman)

  • Monday, November 15 between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday, November 16 between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm

Spa Total Fitness Centre (670 University Avenue, Charlottetown)

  • Tuesday, November 16 between 10:00 am and 11:00 am
  • Wednesday, November 17 between 11:00 am and 12:00 pm
  • Thursday, November 18 between 11:00 am and 12:00 pm

CARI Complex (550 University Avenue, Charlottetown)

  • Monday, November 15 between 8:45 pm and 10:15 pm
  • Wednesday, November 17 between 7:45 pm and 9:45 pm

Anyone who was at these locations during these times who is not fully vaccinated should visit a drop-in testing clinic to be tested and monitor for symptoms for 14 days from the date of exposure. If any symptoms develop, individuals should be re-tested.

Anyone who was at these locations during these times who is fully vaccinated should monitor for symptoms for 14 days from the date of exposure and if any symptoms develop, they should visit a drop-in testing clinic.

There is a new flight exposure notification:

  • Air Canada flight 8332 departing Toronto on Friday, November 19 and arriving in Charlottetown on Saturday, November 20 

Anyone who travelled on this flight should monitor closely for symptoms of COVID-19 and if any develop, visit a drop-in testing site. 

There are now 11 cases linked to the cluster of cases in Prince County, which includes outbreaks in two workplaces. The workplaces do not provide services to the public and are not considered public exposure sites. 

Prince Edward Island currently has 16 active cases of COVID-19 and has had 343 positive cases since the pandemic began.

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 or they 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
  • Visit a drop-in-clinic to be tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms
  • 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

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

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