Two new cases of COVID-19; potential exposure to positive case at Three Oaks Senior High School prompts one-day closure
Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Heather Morrison, has announced two new cases of COVID-19 in Prince Edward Island. As one of the cases is linked to Three Oaks Senior High School, the school will be closed on Monday, November 22.
One of the individuals is in their 80s, and the other is between the ages of 12 and 19 years. The individuals are both contacts of previously announced cases. The cases are both linked to the recent cluster of cases in Prince County. One of the cases is a student at Three Oaks Senior High School.
Three Oaks Senior High School will remain closed on Monday, November 22 to give time for contact tracing, testing and enhanced cleaning of the school.
Out of an abundance of caution, close contacts, including students, teachers and staff and persons on the buses which the individual travelled (buses #584, 762, 568) are being contacted and advised to isolate and be tested for COVID-19 at one of the Health PEI clinics tomorrow (November 22).
Contact tracing is underway and all individuals who need to be tested will be contacted.
All close contacts of both cases will be contacted and advised of testing and isolation requirements. While staff and students who are not contacted do not require testing, anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should visit a drop-in testing clinic.
This school closure is out of an abundance of caution, this is considered an isolated case with a low risk of exposure. This is not considered to be an outbreak at Three Oaks Senior High School. Recognizing the short notice for families, employers are encouraged to be flexible with those families who are affected.
Prince Edward Island currently has 18 active cases of COVID-19 and has had 345 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.
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
- 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
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