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    Schools placed on outbreak list

    Last Updated: Friday, October 30, 2009 | 11:42 AM AT

    CBC News

    Health officials on P.E.I. placed eight schools on what they are calling an outbreak list on Thursday.

    The schools all have absentee rates due to influenza-like illnesses of between 10 and 25 per cent. Officials have said they would consider closing schools if absentee rates hit 30 per cent.

    The schools are
    • Birchwood Junior High, Charlottetown.
    • Charlottetown Rural High School.
    • Stonepark Intermediate, Charlottetown.
    • East Wiltshire Intermediate, Cornwall.
    • Elliot River School, Cornwall.
    • Kensington Intermediate.
    • M. E. Callaghan, Tignish.
    • O'Leary Elementary.
    None of the schools are east of Charlottetown
    New assessment centres open

    The province opened three more swine flu assessment centres Friday morning.

    The centres are meant to ease pressure on the Island's emergency departments, giving people with swine flu a different place to go for advice and treatment.

    The Four Neighbourhoods Family Health Centre in Charlottetown opened Thursday. The new centres Friday are at the Souris Hospital, the Urgent Care Center in O'Leary and Harbourside Family Health Center in Summerside.

    They will operate from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.

    "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
    -Nelson Mandela