Mar
19
2020

New social initiatives announced will continue to support Islanders

Today, the Province of Prince Edward Island announced initiatives to ensure Islanders will be supported during the COVID-19 self-isolation period. 

“I want to thank Islanders for following the advice of our health professionals and self-isolating, but we recognize the importance of personal connections, being active, and social support is essential, especially during this difficult time." 

- Premier Dennis King. 

The provincial government is providing $10,000 to the Community Foundation of Prince Edward Island to provide computer tablets to Island seniors in long-term and community care facilities, allowing them to stay connected with friends and family during this isolation period. 

Amid closures of government buildings, as precautions have been taken in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19, social assistance supports continue to assist Islanders who need them.  

“Self-isolation has a significant impact to our Island seniors,” said Social Development and Housing Minister Ernie Hudson. “It is important for seniors and their family members to find new ways to maintain social connections with each other, friends and loved ones.”

Health and Wellness Minister James Aylward acknowledged the exceptional leadership and grace of Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison in guiding the public health response to COVID-19, along with the efforts of all essential workers, including health care providers. He further spoke to the efforts of Health PEI recruit other health care professionals to assist in delivering essential services. 

“In these difficult times, our health care professionals are going to work each day, putting the needs of their patients and Islanders above all else. On behalf of Islanders, I cannot thank you enough,” said Minister Aylward. “As Islanders, we want to help in any way we can and we recognize that there are many retired and qualified health care professionals who are offering to assist our front-line staff getting through this pandemic safely.”

As part of the provincial response, Health PEI is asking that any retired or otherwise qualified health care staff such as nurses (NP, RN, LPN), clinical staff, volunteers, and physicians of all specialties want to assist during PEI’s COVID-19, to contact (902) 368-4927.

Minister Aylward also encouraged Islanders to connect to a new online initiative through go!PEI and community fitness leaders called Live at Home to help Islanders remain active at home. Live at Home offers a variety of free online resources to help Islanders to stay healthy from the comfort of their home. Workouts include cardio, strength training, yoga, and low-impact for older adults or those just getting started. 

There are 10 live sessions per week planned between now and April 12, 2020, offered at either 10:00 am and 7:00 pm daily. Islanders can access the workouts and view the weekly schedule by visiting the Go!PEI Facebook page.

Government will continue to update Islanders on programs and supports in response to COVID-19. 

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 within 24-hours. 

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

Media Contact:
Amanda Hamel
Executive Director, Communications and Public Affairs
Office of the Premier
(902) 368-4400
ahamel@gov.pe.ca 

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