Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

The Chief Public Health Office (CPHO) is reminding Islanders that there are no cases of COVID-19 in PEI and the overall risk to Islanders remains low.

The CPHO is working closely with the federal government, provincial and territorial counterparts, other provincial government departments and Health PEI to continue to monitor the situation globally, nationally and locally. Public health risk is continually reassessed and updated as new information becomes available.

It is recommended that arriving travelers who have been in Hubei province (including Wuhan) voluntarily self-isolate for 14 days after leaving China. These travelers should stay home and not attend school or work, and are encouraged to call 811 and connect with local Public Health for further advice and support, and to call 811 if they develop any new onset of symptoms (fever, cough, or difficulty breathing).

At this time, all travelers who have returned from affected areas (other than Hubei province) are being asked to monitor themselves and their children closely for 14 days after returning home and to call 811 if they develop any new onset of symptoms (fever, cough, or difficulty breathing).

  • To date, the following are considered to be affected areas:
  • China (mainland)
  • Hong Kong
  • Iran
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Singapore
  • South Korea

All travelers should be aware that there are health risks when travelling so it is important to know the risks and be prepared. Travelers are encouraged to visit the Government of Canada’s Travel Advisory page for updated health information prior to and during travel.

Everyone is encouraged to follow routine prevention measures (listed below) to stay healthy, as respiratory viruses that cause the common cold or other illness, like the flu, are currently circulating in communities.

Prevention measures include:

  • 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
Phone: 902-368-5610
Email: 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