March 24, 2020 - Premier King speaks with UPEI

Premier King spoke with Alaa Abd-El-Aziz, President of UPEI, to better understand the effects of COVID-19 on the Island’s university community. 

Premier King praised UPEI students, recognizing that this has been a difficult time for them. 

Mr. Abd-El-Aziz provided an update on the move to online studies and services, and highlighted that the university will be flexible with students to ensure their needs are met as everyone works through this together. 

Supports are in place for international students to ensure they remain healthy and safe and able to comply with the Chief Public Health Office’s requirements. 

Both recognized the important research and development work being undertaken on PEI in relation to COVID-19. They agreed to keep open lines of communication and to cooperate and share resources on whatever is required to help keep Islanders healthy and safe. 

The health and safety of Islanders is the greatest priority. The Province of Prince Edward Island is working closely with local, provincial, territorial and federal partners to minimize its health, economic and social impacts in Prince Edward Island and across the country.  

Islanders with questions about COVID-19 should call PEI’s toll-free information line at 1-800-958-6400. The information line is taking messages 24-hours a day, 7 days a week and Islanders who leave messages will receive a call back within 24 hours from the Chief Public Health Office.

A self-assessment for Islanders to help determine whether they should be tested for COVID-19 can be accessed by visiting: www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/service/self-assessment-covid-19.

Islanders returning from domestic or international travel should immediately self-isolate for 14 days. Individuals experiencing symptoms (cough, fever, or shortness of breath) within 14 days of travel should call 8-1-1 to be screened and, if necessary, directed for testing.

Those requiring immediate medical attention should call 9-1-1. 

For more information about COVID-19, including resources, visit: www.princeedwardisland.ca/covid19.
Published date: 
March 24, 2020
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