Islander Day weekend precautions for PEI residents
Prince Edward Island’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Heather Morrison, is reminding Islanders to follow public health guidance this upcoming long weekend.
“The evolving situation in Newfoundland, is a stark reminder of how quickly things can change with COVID-19. Despite hopeful signs across the country, there continue to be outbreaks,” said Dr. Morrison. “Until we achieve herd immunity in PEI, we must continue to take a cautious and measured approach to our normal activities, following public health measures closely and getting tested when we recognize any sign of symptoms.”
Testing is key in the early detection COVID-19. All Islanders are asked or encouraged to get tested if they experience any symptoms of COVID-19, even if the symptoms are mild, and self-isolate until their results come back. Symptoms may include:
- new or worsening cough
- shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- sore throat
- runny nose, sneezing, congestion
- muscle/joint/body aches
- feeling unwell/unusual tiredness
- acute loss of sense of smell or taste
Self-isolation is essential in limiting the transmission of COVID-19. It is preferable for individuals to self-isolate in accommodations that are separate and apart from others. If this is not possible, the entire household should isolate together for 14 days. Given the concern of increased transmission with new variants, sharing rooms (including kitchens) is no longer permitted. If it is necessary to share a washroom, extra cleaning and sanitization of the space is required.
Islanders are also encouraged to download the free national COVID Alert app, which will let them know if they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
Prince Edward Island has two active cases of COVID-19 and has had a total of 114 positive cases of COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic. Information about the province’s COVID-19 cases is available online.
The Chief Public Health Office continues to work closely with the federal government, provincial and territorial counterparts, government departments and Health PEI to monitor the pandemic situation and prepare for all COVID-19 related impacts to the province, including health, social and economic. The public health risk of COVID-19 is continually reassessed and Islanders will be updated as new information becomes available.
Everyone is encouraged to follow routine prevention measures:
- Maintain a distance of two meters from others as much as possible
- Washing hands frequently with soap and water
- Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue
- Stay home if you are not feeling well
- Wear a mask in closed, indoor public spaces
- Limit touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Keep your circle of contacts small
- Don’t share items like drinking glasses and water bottles
- Frequently clean surfaces like taps, doorknobs and countertops
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