Sep
18
2021

Three new cases of COVID-19; all results negative so far from West Royalty pop-up clinic

Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Heather Morrison, has announced three new cases of COVID-19 in the province. 

One of the individuals is under the age of 10 years, one is in their 40s and one is in their 60s. 

Two of the individuals are close contacts associated with the outbreak at West Royalty Elementary School and have been in isolation. These two individuals previously tested negative and then tested positive on a second or subsequent test.

One of the individuals recently travelled outside Atlantic Canada. Contact tracing is complete. 

Prince Edward Island currently has 46 active cases of COVID-19 and has had 281 positive cases since the pandemic began.

 “As we continue to see positive cases of COVID-19 that initially tested negative, it is an important reminder that individuals can become positive up to 14 days after being exposed to a positive case. It is very important that those who have been tested and received a negative result continue monitoring for symptoms and be re-tested if any develop. One negative test means you are negative on that day, but you may become positive in the days ahead.”

-  Dr. Morrison.

All close contacts at the school are in isolation and are being tested regularly.  In addition, almost 90 per cent of the remaining West Royalty Elementary School students, who are not in self-isolation, were tested yesterday at the pop-up clinic at the school and all these results were negative. Any student who was not tested on Thursday, September 16 or Friday, September 17 will be contacted to arrange for testing prior to returning to school on Monday, September 20.  

There are currently 540 individuals identified as close contacts and self-isolating, including 295 related to the West Royalty Elementary School outbreak (166 are students). 

There are public exposure notifications related to recent cases: 

  • Chez Yvonne’s (Cavendish 9047 Route 6)
    • Tuesday, September 14 from 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm
    • Wednesday, September 15 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
    • Wednesday, September 15 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
  • Captain Scott’s Fish and Chips (9139 Cavendish Road)
    • Tuesday, September 14 from 6:15 pm to 7:15 pm
  • Cavendish Visitor Information Centre (7591 Cawnpore Lane, Cavendish)
    • Wednesday, September 15 from 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm  
  • Petro-Canada (7550 Cavendish Road)
    • Wednesday, September 15 from 3:15 pm to 3:45 pm
  • Lone Oak Brewing Company (103 Abegweit Blvd, Borden-Carleton)
    • Wednesday, September 15 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • North Rustico Food Market (7229 Main Street, North Rustico)
    • Thursday, September 16 from 4:30 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Lawton’s Drug Friendly’s, Boardwalk Professional Centre (220 Water Street, Charlottetown)
    • Friday, September 17 from 10:30 am to 11:00 am
  • Lawton’s Drugs Sherwood Centre (100-161 St. Peters Road, Charlottetown)
    • Friday, September 17 from 11:00 am to 11:30 am
  • Tim Hortons (147 St. Peters Road, Charlottetown)
    • Friday, September 17 between 11:15 am and 12:00 pm

Anyone who visited these locations at 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 exposure. If symptoms develop, individuals should be re-tested. 

Anyone who visited these locations at these times who is fully vaccinated should monitor for symptoms for 14 days and if any symptoms develop, visit a drop-in testing clinic. 

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. 

Drop-in test clinic locations and hours:

  • Borden-Carleton (20 Dickie Road): seven days a week 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Summerside (Slemon Park): Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm; Tuesday and Thursday 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Charlottetown (64 Park Street): Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm; Saturday and Sunday 8:00 am to 12:00 pm (Sunday, September 19 the clinic will operate on extended hours of 8:00 am to 4:00 pm)
  • Montague (14 Rosedale Road): Monday and Thursday 9:30 am to 2:00 pm

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
  • 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
 

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