Three new cases of COVID-19 in PEI; pilot project launches in rural PEI for home screening kits for kids
Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Heather Morrison, has announced three new positive cases of COVID-19 in Prince Edward Island.
One individual is under the age of 10 years and one individual is between the ages of 10 and 19 years. Both are students at Stratford Elementary and are close contacts of a previously announced case. At this time, there is no evidence of transmission between students at Stratford Elementary, and these cases are not considered an outbreak. Contact tracing is underway, and all close contacts will be tested and required to self-isolate, depending on their vaccine status. Only those who have been contacted by public health and identified as close contacts require testing. Any Stratford Elementary students or staff who have any symptoms of COVID-19, even mild ones, should be tested today or tomorrow at one of the Health PEI testing clinics.
The other individual is in their 30s and recently traveled outside Atlantic Canada. Contact tracing is complete and the individual is self-isolating.
There is a flight exposure notification related to this case. Anyone who travelled on PAL Airlines flight PB 1985 from Halifax to Charlottetown on Monday, September 13 should closely monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and if any develop, visit a drop-in test 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.
Prince Edward Island currently has 22 active cases of COVID-19 and has had 255 positive cases since the pandemic began.
Home COVID-19 screening kits for children under the age of 12 years, who are not yet eligible to be immunized, are now available in West Prince and Eastern and Southern Kings. The aim of the pilot project is to provide home COVID screening tests to Island families with children, starting in rural PEI, where families have more limited access to COVID-19 testing.
The easy to use Lucira Check-It test kits with instructions are available at Access PEI sites in Prince County (Access Tignish and Access O'Leary) and Kings County (Access Souris and Access Montague). Given the limited supply of kits, families are asked to take one or two kits at a time. Parents or guardians should use the test kits when children have symptoms of COVID -19. Positive tests are considered a preliminary positive and must be confirmed with a lab based PCR test. If a child has a preliminary positive result they should self-isolate with their parent or guardian until they are tested at a Health PEI testing clinic. They should continue to self-isolate until they receive the results of the confirmatory lab-based test.
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.
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.
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
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