COVID-19 on P.E.I.: What's happening Monday, Nov. 30

Students returned to Charlottetown Rural High School on Monday morning, and the Public Schools Branch acting director talks about how it went.

Students return to Charlottetown Rural — but not all

About 300 students did not return to Charlottetown Rural High School on Monday. Some are in self-isolation, while others chose not to attend after a student tested positive for COVID-19 on the weekend. (Shane Hennessey/CBC)

Students returned to Charlottetown Rural High School on Monday morning for the first time since they found out one of their peers had tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend.

Norbert Carpenter, acting director of the Public Schools Branch, spoke with CBC News: Compass host Louise Martin about how that day went.

Santa Claus began a series of drive-by tours of Charlottetown Monday night, accompanied by bright lights and sirens. 

The emergency operations centre is back up at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown in preparation for more COVID-19 cases.

A Montague couple has adapted to ensure the weekly free meal offered at a local church is still on the table during the pandemic.

Despite the pandemic, P.E.I. restaurants offering takeout and delivery registered some growth in September, according to Statistics Canada restaurant sales data.

The P.E.I. Council of People with Disabilities is cautioning Islanders about making assumptions regarding people who don't wear masks.

P.E.I. has seen a total of 72 cases, with no deaths and no hospitalizations.

Nova Scotia reported 16 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, giving the province a total of 138 active cases.

New Brunswick reported six new cases, bringing its number of active cases to 120.

Also in the news

  • P.E.I. Premier Dennis King said the Charlottetown Rural student should not be seen simply as P.E.I.'s 72nd case of COVID-19, but rather someone who deserves the province's love and support.
  • Nearly two-thirds of students who replied to a voluntary survey at UPEI reported struggling more with mental health issues during the pandemic and 11 per cent said they have had thoughts related to suicide.
  • Face coverings will be mandatory for everyone at the Mark Arendz Ski Park in Brookvale, P.E.I., this winter, officials say. The rule will apply even when on the ski hill. On the hill, those coverings can be a knit balaclava.
  • City Cinema is scrambling to fill its December schedule after a studio pulled three films.

Further resources

  • Here is information for living with the COVID-19 pandemic on P.E.I. — including information on government relief programs, physical distancing measures and essential health services.
  • Here is a look at how coronavirus is spreading across Canada.

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