Feb
26
2021

Young people in Summerside area urged to be tested for COVID-19

Prince Edward Island’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Heather Morrison, is calling on youth in the Summerside area to be tested for COVID-19, even if they are not experiencing symptoms of the virus

“I am concerned about the number of new cases of COVID-19 with no link to travel outside the province and I am worried. Our focus remains on containing the spread of the virus through self-isolation, early identification of cases, testing, contact tracing and quarantining of cases and close contacts.

"The message is simple, stay home if you are not feeling well.”

- Dr. Morrison.

All young people between the ages of 14 and 29 in Summerside who do not have symptoms are urged to be tested for COVID-19 this weekend at Three Oaks Senior High School.

  • On Saturday, February 27, those between the ages of 14 and 21 will be tested, and
  • on Sunday, February 28 those between the ages of 22 and 29 will be tested.

Time slots for testing will be based on month of birth.

  • Those with birthdays between January 1 and June 30 will be tested between 8:00 am and 2:00 pm, and
  • those with born between July 1 and December 31 will be tested between 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm.

It is strongly recommended that young people between the ages of 14 and 29 be tested for COVID-19 this weekend.

Increased testing in the Summerside area will indicate whether COVID-19 is circulating in the community.

Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 should seek testing at the Slemon Park Clinic.

Dr. Morrison announced one new positive case of COVID-19 in PEI. The individual is a woman in her 20s. She is self-isolating, public health is following up each day, and contact tracing has been initiated.

This case is linked to one new public exposure notification in the Charlottetown area:

A Taste of India (129 Kent Street) on:

  • Saturday, February 20 between 4:00 pm and 10:00 pm
  • Sunday, February 21 between 3:00 pm and 9:00 pm
  • Monday, February 22 between 3:00 pm and 9:00 pm
  • Tuesday, February 23 between 10:30 am and 3:30 pm

Public exposure locations are identified when the general public may have been exposed to COVID-19 in a particular location during a specific date and time. If a location has had a potential exposure but individuals in the establishment can be identified and contacted directly, it is not announced as a public exposure. 

Out of an abundance of caution, anyone who visited The Taste of India during these times should immediately self-isolate, visit a drop-in testing clinic and remain isolated until test results are received. Even after receiving a negative result, individuals should continue to monitor closely for symptoms of COVID-19 and get tested again if symptoms develop. 

Dr. Morrison is reminding all Islanders to get tested if they experience any symptoms of COVID-19, and 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.

Prince Edward Island has seven active cases of COVID-19 and has had a total of 121 positive cases of COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic. Get information about the province’s COVID-19 cases.

For the latest information about Prince Edward Island’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit: COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Prince Edward Island.

Backgrounder: 

Anyone who was at the Iron Haven Gym in Summerside on Saturday, February 20 between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm or on Tuesday, February 23 between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm should immediately self-isolate, get tested, remain in isolation and identify themselves by calling 1-800-958-6400. 

There are also two public exposure locations in Summerside:

Dominos Pizza in Summerside on:

  • Wednesday, February 17 between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm
  • Thursday, February 18 between 4:00 pm and 11:00 pm
  • Friday, February 19 between 11:00 am and 6:30 pm
  • Saturday, February 20 between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm
  • Sunday, February 21 between 4:00 pm and 1:00 am
  • Tuesday, February 23 between 5:00 pm and 1:00 am
  • Wednesday, February 24 between 11:00 am and 6:00 pm

The Breakfast Spot in Summerside on:

  • Saturday, February 20 between 7:00 am and 2:30 pm

Out of an abundance of caution, anyone who visited these establishments during these times should immediately self-isolate, visit a drop-in testing clinic and remain isolated until test results are received. Even after receiving a negative result, individuals should continue to monitor closely for symptoms of COVID-19 and get tested again if symptoms develop. Anyone in Summerside is advised to monitor closely for symptoms of COVID-19 and if any develop, visit a drop-in testing clinic and self-isolate while awaiting results.

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:

  • Maintain a distance of two meters from others as much as possible
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue
  • Stay home if you are not feeling well
  • Wear a mask in closed, indoor public spaces
  • Limit touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Keep your circle of contacts small
  • 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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