Family affected by West Royalty outbreak finishes self-isolation

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After two weeks in self-isolation, five-year-old Nolan Innis, left, and 11-year-old Blake Innis, right, were happy to head back to school Friday.  (Sheehan Desjardins/CBC - image credit)
After two weeks in self-isolation, five-year-old Nolan Innis, left, and 11-year-old Blake Innis, right, were happy to head back to school Friday. (Sheehan Desjardins/CBC - image credit)

A Charlottetown family was finally able to leave their property Friday after two weeks of self-isolation.

The Innis family went into quarantine after their son, who attends West Royalty Elementary, was named as a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

A recent outbreak at West Royalty and cases at Charlottetown Rural High School left nearly 600 close contacts in self-isolation.

The Innis family — 11-year-old Blake, five-year-old-Nolan, and one-year-old Brooks — were included in that number, as was their mother Sydney Innis.

She said aside from moments of boredom, staying busy wasn't a problem.

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Sheehan Desjardins/CBC

"We weren't able to leave the property, so the dog wasn't able to go for runs, so there was a lot of running in a circle around trees in the yard, paying ball in the yard, jumping on the trampoline," Sydney said.

"There's been a few incidents on the trampoline but at least it's getting its use."

Blake Innis said he was excited to get out of the house at last.

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Sheehan Desjardins/CBC

"Two whole weeks, it makes you pretty bored … I can roam free," he said.

Friday, the kids were able to return to school, and finally back to something a little more normal.

"I'd be lying if I say that there weren't some tiring times, but at the end of the day I got a couple of good weeks with my kids," Sydney Innis said.

While her sons head back to class, their mother has some words of advice for others who find themselves in a smiliar situation.

"Take it one day at a time. No one is expecting you to be a super parent," she said.

"We played a lot of video games, we watched a lot of TV. You do what you can and at the end of the day. If everyone's fed and everyone's safe and happy, then that's what matters most."

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