Mar
16
2020

Chief Public Health Officer provides update on COVID-19  

Prince Edward Island’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Heather Morrison, is asking all Islanders, businesses and community organizations, to closely look at what activities are essential and non-essential in efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19. 

She reiterated that for those self-isolating, they should do so at home. More information on self-isolation can be found at www.princeedwardisland.ca/covid19

For Islanders who have not travelled and are feeling well, they should practice social distancing, and maintain a 2 meter distance from others. 

Islanders who require government services and have travelled internationally, or are showing symptoms, are asked to interact with government by phone or online options, where applicable. 

All library programs and events Island-wide have been cancelled in an effort to help limit the spread of COVID-19. Due to the closures of local community centres, the following libraries will be closed until further notice: Montague Rotary Library, Murray Harbour Public Library, Georgetown Genevieve Soloman Memorial Library, and O’Leary Public Library. 

Prince Edward Island currently has one confirmed positive case of COVID-19 in the province. 

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 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