P.E.I. health officials say Leaps and Bounds Childcare Centre in Charlottetown has shut down after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.

About 40 children and 8 staff will have to be tested and self-isolate, as well as close relatives of the children. 

Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison said she received the call about the case just before she was about to start her regular weekly briefing for the public and the media.

That briefing was effectively cancelled, and instead Morrison and Premier Dennis King devoted the briefing to talking about the new case.

“This is very difficult news for anyone to hear,” said King, given the disruption to so many families’ lives.

King and Morrison emphasized that the news was new to them as well.

“The source of this case is likely travel-reated, from what we understand at this time,” said Morrison. She said the worker was a contact of someone who had been out of the province. 

The daycare worker who tested positive is in their 20s. Morrison said it is too early to say whether initial measures will be able to contain a possible outbreak.

“We’ll know more after we test the contacts and the children,” she said.

“This case does remind people that they should not go to work if they are not feeling well.”

King said no new restrictions are being considered at this point in light of this case.

P.E.I. has had 188 cases of COVID-19, with seven currently considered active. There have been no deaths.

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