Sep
11
2021

One new positive case of COVID-19 in Prince Edward Island

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

The individual is between the ages of 10 to 19 years and is a student at West Royalty Elementary School in Charlottetown. The case is currently under investigation and a further update will be provided by the Chief Public Health Office on Sunday, September 12.  

“I know it is a stressful time for parents, staff and students, when an individual linked to a school tests positive for COVID-19. However, the student stayed home when they were not feeling well and was tested for COVID-19. Public health will conduct contact tracing and testing to minimize the spread of the virus in our community, as we have done many times before. It is extremely important for all Islanders to monitor for symptoms, and if even mild symptoms develop, get tested immediately.” 

- Dr. Heather Morrison

All close contacts of the student, including classmates and staff, will be contacted directly by public health to arrange for testing and will be instructed regarding self-isolation. Other students and staff in the school who are not close contacts should monitor for symptoms and if any symptoms develop, immediately self-isolate and get tested. The West Royalty Elementary School will undergo deep cleaning this weekend.  

The student travelled on school bus #120. Individuals on the bus who are close contacts will be contacted directly by public health nursing to arrange for testing and be instructed regarding self-isolation. Others who travelled on this bus who are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 should be tested as soon as possible, and others who travelled on this bus who are not experiencing symptoms, should get tested on Sunday, September 12. 

There is a public exposure notification related to this case: 

  • Dairy Queen Grill & Chill (365 University Avenue) on Tuesday, September 7 from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Anyone who was at the location during these times should monitor closely for symptoms of COVID-19 and get tested if symptoms develop.

Health PEI has extended drop-in test clinic hours at the Charlottetown clinic (64 Park Street) until 6:00 pm today, Saturday, September 11.

Prince Edward Island currently has eight active cases of COVID-19 and has had 241 positive cases of COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic. 

As of Wednesday, September 8, a total of 246,214 doses of vaccine have been administered. 92 per cent of the eligible population have received at least one dose and 83.1 per cent have received two doses. 

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; or 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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