PEI COVID-19 Case Data
As of 11-June-2021
|COVID-19 Case Data|
|Total cases (including recovered)||206|
Summary of confirmed COVID-19 cases reported in Prince Edward Island
|Total cases = 206|
Age distribution (in years)
|20 to 39||124 (60.2%)|
|40 to 59||46 (22.3%)|
|60 to 79||14 (6.8%)|
|80 and over||1 (0.5%)|
* What does recovered mean?
A case is deemed recovered if it has been 14 days since symptoms began; the individual does not have a fever and symptoms have markedly improved. If a case was asymptomatic (no symptoms), we use the date of the test to start the 14 days.
COVID-19 Variants of Concern
Are variants of concern present in PEI?
Yes, several positive cases of COVID-19 have been identified as being infected with a variant of concern.
What is a variant of concern?
Genetic variations of viruses, such as the one that causes COVID-19, are common and expected.
SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, will naturally develop mutations, which are changes to the genetic material in the virus over time.
When there have been several significant mutations to the virus it is then called a variant. A variant is of concern when it affects:
- disease spread
- disease severity
- tests used to detect the virus
- vaccines and treatments
What are the current known COVID-19 variants of concern?
Current known circulating COVID-19 variants of concern include:
- B.1.1.7 (first found in the United Kingdom)
- B.1.351 (first found in South Africa)
- P.1 (first found in Brazil)
These variants of concern include mutations that make the virus more contagious, allowing it to spread more easily. They may also affect the severity of the disease (how sick a person can become).
Though COVID-19 variants of concern are more contagious, they spread in the same way as the original virus and have the same COVID-19 symptoms – this means that we can use the same public health measures to stop the spread of all strains of COVID-19.
How does PEI monitor for variants of concern?
PEI is actively monitoring for the presence of known variants of concern in our province.
All positive COVID-19 samples collected in PEI are sent to the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg, Manitoba for genetic sequencing and identification for possible variants of concern.