Mar
20
2020

Chief Public Health Officer continues to urge Islanders self-isolate and practice social distancing 

Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Heather Morrison, says right now is the time for Islanders to get it right by self-isolating and social distancing. 

Prince Edward Island has two confirmed positive cases of COVID-19. There have been 240 tests conducted, of which 167 are negative and 71 are still pending. 

Dr. Morrison shared additional details regarding the Island’s second case of COVID-19. The flight the man was on was Air Canada flight 7564 which travelled from Toronto to Charlottetown on March 11. Passengers on the flight are asked to self-isolate for the remaining 14 days from when they returned and monitor their symptoms. 

Islanders who are not self-isolating are encouraged to consider blood donation if they are feeling well and have not travelled internationally. Keeping up with the demand of Canada’s national supply of blood products is very important. Islanders should take the online eligibility quiz before making an appointment. Appointments must be made in advance by visiting www.blood.ca or by calling 1-888-2-donate, to allow for social distancing.

Environmental Health Officers will now be stationed at the Charlottetown airport to pass out self-isolation information sheets to travelers as they land. These sheets are available in English and French. 

Dr. Morrison stressed the importance that children get outside to play and stay active, but they should do so while respecting social distancing. Children should participate in activities with supervision, but should not play in groups or have sleepovers. Children can get sick and spread the virus to others too. 

Dr. Morrison asks that Islanders refrain from stock piling medications, as this can lead to a shortage of medications for those who need them. Speak with a pharmacist about accessing a reasonable supply of medication. If you are experiencing symptoms, please do not go into your pharmacy. 

For clarity on what businesses are considered essential and non-essential, visit www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/health-and-wellness/essential-and-non-essential-services.

Islanders with health-related questions regarding 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 from the Chief Public Health Office. 

Islanders experiencing symptoms (cough, fever, or shortness of breath) within 14 days after international 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 answers to general questions about COVID-19, visit our webpage at: www.princeedwardisland.ca/covid19

Backgrounder: 

The Chief Public Health Office continues to work closely with the federal government, provincial and territorial counterparts, government departments and Health PEI to continue to monitor the situation globally, nationally and locally. The public health risk of COVID-19 is continually reassessed and Islanders will be updated as new information becomes available.

Government’s special situation response group also continues to work collaboratively with the Chief Public Health Office, stakeholders and community partners in preparing for all impacts related to COVID-19 to the province, including health, social and economic. 

Everyone is encouraged to follow routine prevention measures:

  • Washing hands frequently with soap and water
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue
  • If ill with acute respiratory symptoms, stay home if possible
  • Limit touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Don’t share items like drinking glasses and water bottles
  • Frequently clean surfaces like taps, doorknobs and countertops

Media Contact:
Samantha Hughes
Health and Wellness
(902) 368-5610
shughes@gov.pe.ca
 

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