P.E.I: Two Young Islanders Test Positive for COVID-19

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Prince Edward Island has added two cases on its COVID-19 records, with young men in their 20s the latest to contract the disease.

“One man recently traveled outside of Atlantic Canada and is self-isolating,” said a news release from the Chief Public Health Office late Monday afternoon.

“The other man, close contact of a previous case, has been in self-isolation since being notified of his exposure to a confirmed case. He initially tested negative and, after developing symptoms, tested positive.”

This is the 6th recent update where someone on P.E.I tested negative on the first test and positive on the second. Both cases reported Sunday night included an individual who was at a listed public exposure location and tested positive after developing symptoms after an earlier test.

The territory now has 28 active cases of the disease, out of a total of 143 tested since the pandemic started.

“Over 185 Islanders are now in self-isolation as close contacts of a positive case of COVID-19,” the Chief Public Health Office news release stated.

The high number of active cases and close contacts in self-isolation is related to an outbreak of the disease that started to show up as clusters in Summerside and Charlottetown about two weeks ago.

Mass testing of young persons and teenagers followed but never suggested the virus was circulating in public at large, according to health officials.

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