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Source: Government of Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Heather Morrison, has confirmed one new case of COVID-19 in the province.

The individual, a male in his 30s, is a rotational worker who recently returned to PEI from domestic travel outside the Atlantic Bubble.  This individual tested negative on November 6 and later tested positive following a second test late on November 10.  The individual and his six close contacts will remain in self-isolation for 14 days.

Out of an abundance of caution, anyone who was at the following locations at the specified times should monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 and go to a Drop-in Testing Clinic if they develop symptoms:

  • Red and White Hardware Store in Ellerslie on November 9 between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Walmart in Summerside on November 10 between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.

“People who attended either of these two locations at the specified times and are symptomatic, should be tested for COVID-19.  This situation serves as a reminder to all Islanders that we can come in contact with COVID-19 at any time.  We all need to follow the basic public health measures to protect ourselves and others,” said Dr. Morrison. 

At this point, there is no evidence of community spread of COVID-19 in Prince Edward Island and the risk of transmission in the province remains low. Prince Edward Island has had a total of 68 positive cases of COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic. All cases to date have been travel-related.  For information about the province’s COVID-19 cases, visit: PEI COVID-19 Case Data.

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:

  • Washing hands frequently with soap and water
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue
  • Stay home if you are not feeling well
  • Limit touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Keep your circle of contacts small
  • Wear a mask in closed, indoor public spaces
  • Maintain a distance of two meters from others as much as possible
  • Don’t share items like drinking glasses and water bottles
  • Frequently clean surfaces like taps, doorknobs and countertops

Media Contact:
Amanda Hamel
Executive Director, Communications and Public Affairs
Office of the Premier
ahamel@gov.pe.ca
(902) 314-2721

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