CHARLOTTETOWN — Health officials in Prince Edward Island said Thursday they are concerned a case of COVID-19 tied to a daycare centre in Charlottetown may have spread beyond the facility.
The case is likely travel-related and involves someone in their 20s who works at Leaps and Bounds Childcare Centre, chief medical officer Dr. Heather Morrison told reporters.
"We really are going to need to focus on trying to see if we can contain and manage any potential spread that may have happened in this situation," she said.
The centre takes care of between 38 and 40 children and has eight staff. Morrison said the daycare will be closed and children, staff and their close contacts will be tested and asked to isolate as they wait for results.
Morrison said early contact tracing indicates the case may involve a close contact of someone who recently travelled, adding that it's too early to say if additional restrictions are needed in the capital.
Premier Dennis King told reporters he has asked Economic Growth Minister Matthew MacKay to help people affected by the daycare closing to access federal support payments.
The province has seven active reported cases of COVID-19.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 13, 2021.
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