P.E.I. reports seven new COVID-19 cases Tuesday; pediatric vaccine clinics to begin this week

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Prince Edward Island reported seven new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the total number of active infections to 28.

dr. Heather Morrison, PEI’s chief public health officer, says six of the cases are related to a cluster in Prince County and the other is still under investigation.

Morrison added that none of the new cases affect people under the age of 19.

As of November 20, 94.3 percent of eligible islanders have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, while 90.5 percent have been fully vaccinated.

“Achieving 90 percent fully vaccinated is an important milestone,” Morrison said.

To date, PEI has reported 356 positive COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic.

“Last week we had 17 new cases of COVID-19, our second-highest weekly count since the start of the pandemic,” Morrison said during a live news conference on Tuesday. “And so far we’ve had 12 cases this week.”

The county’s top doctors say the Prince County cluster that began on Nov. 17 now includes 22 positive cases, all of which are linked.

“Two workplace outbreaks, two sports teams, and one case at Three Oaks Senior High School,” Morrison says. “About 350 close contacts are being tracked.”

Morrison also provided an update on the vaccination status of positive cases on the island.

“As of January, 24 percent of our cases have been fully vaccinated and 76 percent of our cases have not been fully vaccinated,” Morrison said.

COVID-19 VACCINES FOR CHILDREN.

Morrison says the county expects the first shipment of pediatric COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday.

Community-based clinics will be offered in five PEI communities, including O’Leary, Summerside, Charlottetown, Montague and Souris.

The first of five community-based pediatric clinics will open Friday in Summerside and school-based clinics will open in January for students in grades 4 to 6.

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