Apr
1
2020

Chief Public Health Officer says it is an important time to keep self-isolating and physical distancing

Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Heather Morrison, says Prince Edward Island still has 21 cases of COVID-19, but Islanders should not become complacent. 

It is crucial during this time that Islanders continue to self-isolate following travel, stay home as much as possible, and practice physical distancing when going out for essential reasons. At this time, anyone receiving written warnings or fines for violating the Public Health Order is due to failure to self-isolate following travel. 

There have been 870 tests for COVID-19 completed in Prince Edward Island, 665 have been confirmed as negative and three are considered recovered. 48% of the cases have been female, and 52% male. Most common symptoms include: cough, chills and headache. 

Dr. Morrison clarified that new construction permits are not being issued at this time. If a construction site is currently operating and work can safely be paused, it should be paused. Emergency construction repair services will continue. 

If Islanders are self-isolating, they are not permitted to visit banks. Individuals are encouraged to use online or telephone banking options, or delay their visit. Anyone visiting banks should be doing so for essential transactions only. 

Dr. Morrison thanked all essential workers who are working through these uncertain times. 

Marion Dowling, Health PEI’s Chief Nursing Officer, announced that Mental Health & Addictions are redirecting patients who may require an acute mental health admission away from the emergency rooms to psychiatric urgent care clinics. Today, the first clinic opened at the Hillsborough Hospital. Those individuals who require emergency medical stabilization will still be seen at the emergency departments as usual.

Individuals with non-urgent mental health and addictions cases not requiring admission will continue to be served via Community Mental Health Clinics; Walk-in/Call-In services currently provided in community.

For answers to general questions about COVID-19 call 1-833-533-9333 or 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