Jul
13
2020

One additional positive COVID-19 case confirmed in Prince Edward Island

Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Heather Morrison, has confirmed an additional positive COVID-19 case in Prince Edward Island, the second new case in 24-hours. The province currently has eight active cases and a total of 35 cases since the pandemic began. 

The first case, reported yesterday, is a woman from Queens County in her 80s who lives alone. The woman went to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital emergency department by ambulance on July 4, and was discharged. The visit was unrelated to COVID-19 symptoms and she was not tested. As she travelled to the QEH by ambulance, she had no contact with anyone in the waiting room. She was in a private room. On July 11, when her symptoms worsened, she called 8-1-1 and tested positive for COVID-19. She is doing well and has been at home self-isolating since July 4. 

All close contacts and all health care workers that cared for her at the QEH emergency department are being tested. A total of 47 tests were completed yesterday in relation to this case. 

As part of the QEH emergency department testing, a health care worker, a man in his 40s, tested positive for COVID-19. He works at the QEH emergency department and on July 4 he cared for a woman who later tested positive for COVID-19. The health care worker traveled outside the Atlantic Bubble and arrived in the province on July 2 on WestJet flight 654 from Toronto to Charlottetown. He tested negative for COVID-19 before going to work on July 4. He wore appropriate PPE and followed all hospital procedures when caring for patients. 

The Chief Public Health Office, Health PEI and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital have initiated contact tracing and testing related to the health care worker. Approximately 100 patients and 125 staff that have been identified as close contacts of the health care worker and are being called to arrange for testing. Anyone who travel on WestJet flight 654 on July 2 and is experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19 should call 8-1-1 to arrange for testing. 

As a further precaution, Health PEI is temporarily limiting visitors to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital until contact tracing and testing is completed and more information about the situation is known. 

At this time, no visitors are being permitted to the hospital with the exception of those visiting patients in Labour and Delivery, Pediatrics or the Intensive Care units. Visitation to these units is limited to two designated people, and visitors must call ahead to the nursing unit before going to the hospital. Exceptions to the visitor restrictions may be granted for compassionate reasons, including for patients nearing the end of life. 

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital has also put enhanced Personal Protective Equipment protocols in place for all staff (e.g. face shields, gloves, gowns) until all test results are received and more information about the situation is known. 

Islanders and visitors to Prince Edward Island are urged to adhere to public health measures. It is strongly recommended Islanders and visitors to Prince Edward Island wear a face mask or covering when in closed indoor spaces where physically distancing is not possible. 

A further updated will be provided on July 14. 

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:

  • Physical distance – stay 6 feet apart  
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue
  • Stay home if you are not feeling well
  • Limit touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Don’t share items like food, drinking glasses and water bottles
  • Frequently clean surfaces like taps, doorknobs and countertops
  • Keep your circle of contacts small
  • Wear a face mask or covering when in closed indoor spaces

Anyone experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19 should contact their family physician, nurse practitioner or call 8-1-1. 

Media Contact:
Samantha Hughes
Health and Wellness
(902) 368-5610
shughes@gov.pe.ca 
 

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