Charlottetown elementary school student tests positive for COVID-19

A student at West Royalty Elementary School in Charlottetown has tested positive for COVID-19, the PEI Chief Public Health Office said.

The case is under investigation and another update will be provided by the Chief Public Health Office on Sunday, according to a press release from Chief Public Health Officer Dr Heather Morrison.

“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 he was not feeling well and was tested for COVID-19, ”Morrison said in the statement.

“[Public Health] will conduct contact tracing and testing to minimize the spread of the virus in our community, as we have done several times before. It is extremely important that all Islanders watch for symptoms, and if even mild symptoms develop, get tested immediately. “

West Royalty Elementary School will undergo a deep clean this weekend, according to the Chief Public Health Office. (Jane Robertson / CBC)

All close contacts of the student, including classmates and staff, will be contacted directly by public health to arrange testing and will be given instructions regarding self-isolation.

Other students and school staff who are not in close contact should watch for symptoms and if symptoms develop, self-isolate immediately and get tested. West Royalty Elementary School will undergo a deep clean this weekend.

Traveled by bus

The student traveled in school bus # 120. People on the bus who are in close contact will be contacted directly by Public Health Nursing to arrange testing and be notified of the car. isolation.

Others who have traveled on this bus and are showing symptoms of COVID-19 should be tested as soon as possible, and those who have traveled on this bus who are not showing symptoms should be tested on Sunday.

There is a public display notification related to this case: Dairy Queen on University Avenue, Tuesday, September 7 from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Anyone who was on the scene during these times should closely monitor symptoms of COVID-19 and get tested if symptoms develop. Health PEI extended the hours of operation for the Charlottetown Screening Clinic at 64 Park Street on Saturday until 6 p.m.

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

As of September 8, 246,214 doses of vaccine had been administered in PEI. Ninety-two percent of the eligible population had received at least one dose and 83.1 percent had received two.

Children 12 and under are not currently eligible for vaccination.

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