Information about COVID-19 Testing in PEI

The province's approach to testing continues to evolve with the changing COVID-19 situation.

Testing for COVID-19 is recommended for the following individuals:

General public

  • Any person with COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Any person who was in close contact of a laboratory-confirmed case starting 48 hours prior to the case developing symptoms.

Hospitalized individuals

  • Any person hospitalized with influenza-like-illness: fever and new or worsening cough, sore throat, joint pain, muscle aches, fatigue.
  • Any person admitted to the intensive care unit with any respiratory symptom.
  • Admitted patients to Hillsborough Hospital, Provincial Addictions Treatment Facility, and Prince County Hospital Inpatient Psychiatry Unit.

Health care workers

  • Any health care worker with fever, new or worsening cough, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, congestion or unusual fatigue.
  • Health care workers who travel to PEI to work or who travelled out of the province. Visit Health PEI Health Care Workers: COVID-19 FAQs for details.
  • Staff of the QEH Microbiology Laboratory

Long-term and community care residents and staff

  • New residents are to be tested prior to admission.
  • Any resident with fever, new or worsening cough, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, congestion or unusual fatigue.
  • All staff and residents who are close contacts of a positive case.
  • Long-term care staff who work at more than one health care site should be tested on a regular basis.

Inter-facility transfers

  • Patients transferring between healthcare facilities as per protocol

Temporary foreign workers

Essential workers (non-health care) who travel outside of PEI

  • Essential workers with frequent travel outside of PEI (e.g., long-haul truck drivers).

Others

  • As indicated by PEI’s Chief Public Health Officer or Medical Microbiologist

If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, including new onset fever, new or worsening cough, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, congestion or unusual fatigue you should call your family physician or nurse practitioner. If you do not have a family physician or nurse practitioner or are unable to reach them, call 8-1-1.

PEI’s testing guidelines will be reviewed on a weekly basis.

Published date: 
July 24, 2020
Health and Wellness

General Inquiries

Department of Health and Wellness
4th Floor North, Shaw Building
105 Rochford Street
Charlottetown, PE   C1A 7N8

Phone: 902-368-6414
Fax: 902-368-4121

DeptHW@gov.pe.ca