P.E.I.'s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison is asking Island teachers who returned from Moncton or Cambellton, N.B., to be extra cautious going into the school week.
Morrison had previously discouraged Islanders from travelling to parts of New Brunswick this Thanksgiving weekend, as Moncton and Campbellton try to contain a spate of COVID-19 cases that has brought the number of active cases in the province to 71.
"Given the situation in New Brunswick, it is prudent to be proactive and cautious in the event that any of your staff members travelled to the Moncton or Campbellton regions over the past few days," said Morrison in a written memo to directors of both of P.E.I.'s English and French public school branches.
"Out of an abundance of caution, staff who were in the Moncton or Campbellton areas over the long weekend should be extra vigilant about following infection control practices when they return home and attend work."
The memo went on to say teachers who had been in those regions of New Brunswick should wear a mask at all times while at work and in public, limit contact with others, avoid large gatherings and closely monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19.
Morrison announced two new cases of COVID-19 Sunday.
Masks are still not mandatory on P.E.I., but Premier Dennis King says the conversation continues with the Chief Public Health Office.
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There have been 63 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the Island, with 60 considered recovered. There have been no hospitalizations or deaths, and there is no evidence of community spread.
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