Contact tracing on a new case of COVID-19 announced on P.E.I. Sunday has uncovered a new case, a man in his 40s who is a health-care worker at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown.

The man was tested Sunday and results came back positive Sunday evening. 

Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison said he had travelled to P.E.I. from outside the Atlantic region on July 2. He initially tested negative for the coronavirus, showed no symptoms, and worked 7 shifts at the hospital between July 4 and 11.

The case announced Sunday involved  a woman in her 80s who lives in Queens County. In a briefing Monday morning, Morrison said the woman came in contact with the health care worker during a visit to the hospital’s emergency department on July 4.

The woman was transported to the QEH by ambulance and spent her time at the hospital in a private room, Morrison said, and did not have any contact with any other patients.

Contact tracing is now underway for the health care worker as well as the Queen’s County woman.

Between 100 and 125 people have been identified as contacts at the hospital. In addition, three personal contacts of the health care worker have been isolated and tested. Contact tracing and testing on this most recent test is expected to be completed within 48 hours.

The health care worker had recently been travelling outside Atlantic Canada, but within Canada.

He returned to P.E.I. July 2 and was tested for COVID-19 as protocols required. That test came back negative. He returned to work July 4. He was tested again as part of contact tracing in connection with the most recent case, and that test came back positive.

With this latest case, P.E.I. has a total of eight active cases of COVID-19. None are in hospital.

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The testing station for COVID-19 is back up and running again at Confederation Bridge, after complaints from truckers.

A second round of tests at Whisperwood Villa have all come back negative.

The Downtown Farmers’ Market returned to Charlottetown with COVID-19 precautions in place.

Mobile classrooms are part of the back-to-school plan in the fall. (John Robertson/CBC)

Health PEI told employees in an email earlier this week that all staff who come in contact with patients and who aren’t able to physically distance must now wear medical masks.

Education Minister Brad Trivers gave more details to CBC News on how schools will operate in the fall — students will not be required to physically distance in classrooms or on buses, he said, but may have to wear face masks in hallways.

Also in the news The P.E.I. Humane Society says dog bites are on the rise this year, and believe it’s likely linked to more people staying at home because of the pandemic. With COVID-19 shutting down Islanders’ plans for summer travel, at least outside the Atlantic provinces, a lot of people are looking for things to do. Some shared their summer bucket lists. Fabric stores on P.E.I. are seeing an increase in business as more people are making their own face masks to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Further resources More COVID-19 stories from CBC P.E.I.

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