As announced by Dr. Morrison today, a student at West Royalty Elementary School tested positive for COVID-19. A bus is also affected: bus number 120. So far, there is no indication that other schools have been impacted.
All close contacts of the student, including staff and classmates, will be contacted directly by public health to arrange for testing and will be instructed to self-isolate. Other students and staff in the school who are not close contacts should monitor for symptoms and if symptoms develop, get tested. The West Royalty Elementary School will undergo deep cleaning this weekend.
Individuals on the #120 bus who are close contacts will be contacted directly by public health to arrange for testing and be instructed to self-isolate. Students who travelled on this bus who are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 should be tested as soon as possible. Students who travelled on this bus who are not experiencing symptoms, should get tested on Sunday, September 12.
As always, any individuals who are experiencing symptoms, even mild symptoms, should get tested immediately. Symptoms may include:
- new or worsening cough
- shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- sore throat
- runny nose, sneezing, congestion
- muscle/joint/body aches
- feeling unwell/unusual tiredness
- acute loss of sense of smell or taste
Other symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea have been reported, but typically along with other COVID-19 symptoms, and may be seen more often in children.
For more information visit https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/health-and-wellness/about-covid-19-coronavirus.
Fast, accessible testing is available in locations across PEI. You can find a list of locations and times at https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/health-and-wellness/covid-19-testing-in-pei. The Park Street testing clinic in Charlottetown will have extended hours today until 6:00 pm.
A further update from Dr. Morrison is expected on Sunday. Updates will be provided as they become available.
Public health measures are in place to prevent the impact of COVID-19. We can protect ourselves and our community by getting vaccinated if eligible, screening for symptoms, good hand hygiene, staying home when ill, physical distancing wherever possible and following masking guidelines.
Learning to live with COVID-19 can cause feelings of uncertainty, stress and anxiety. It is important for all of us to be mindful of how we are feeling. Parents and students who may have concerns with returning to school should call the PSB at 1-800-280-7965 (toll-free) or 902-368-6990.