One new case of COVID-19; vax pass launch; Thanksgiving guidance
Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Heather Morrison, has announced one new case of COVID-19 in Prince Edward Island.
The individual is in their 50s and recently travelled outside of Prince Edward Island. Contact tracing is complete, and the individual is self-isolating.
There are new public exposure notifications:
- Lone Oak Brewing Co. (103 Abegweit Blvd, Borden-Carleton) on Friday, October 1 from 3:15 pm to 4:00 pm
- The Wheelhouse (7 West Street, Georgetown) on Saturday, October 2 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
- Granville Street Diner (454 Granville Street, Summerside) on Sunday, October 3 from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Anyone who visited these locations during these times should monitor closely for symptoms of COVID-19, and if any develop, visit a drop-in testing clinic.
Prince Edward Island currently has nine active cases of COVID-19 and has had 303 positive cases since the pandemic began.
Today is the launch of the PEI Vax Pass or proof of vaccination, a time-limited measure to help contain transmission of COVID-19 during the fourth wave. The PEI Vax Pass is an additional layer of protection, allowing more people to attend discretionary events and activities. Individuals are still required to wear masks and be in cohorts, but physical distancing within cohorts is not required.
Island residents and visitors are urged to keep gatherings with family and friends small this weekend, and when possible, plan outdoor activities. Those who are not fully vaccinated should not travel outside PEI. Anyone planning to travel should be fully vaccinated and are encouraged to consider travel plans carefully, knowing that COVID-19 is circulating in all provinces. Anyone travelling is asked to follow public health measures in the jurisdiction they are visiting and follow testing guidance on return to PEI. If individuals experience any symptoms, even mild, they should visit a drop-in testing clinic.
As of Saturday, October 2, 94.3 per cent of the eligible population have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 87.3 per cent received two doses. Rates of fully vaccinated individuals in those under 50 years of age are below the provincial average.
In accordance with National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recommendations, PEI has been offering third doses of COVID-19 vaccine to individuals who are immune compromised. Those who are immune compromised and require the third dose can visit a vaccine clinic or if they are over the age of 18 years, a pharmacy.
Last week, NACI recommended residents in long term care and seniors living in other congregate living settings should get a booster dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after the primary series of vaccinations has been administered. NACI recommends the booster dose can be administered at the same time as other vaccines, including the influenza vaccine. PEI will soon begin providing boosters to residents in long term care and community care facilities in PEI.
As part of the Home Self-Test Pilot, there have been 4,500 Lucira at-home test kits distributed to families with young children in rural PEI. Feedback from the pilot has been positive and discussions will occur with the education system to determine how more tests will be distributed to every child in grades K to 6 in PEI.
On September 24, the vaccinate or test program was implemented for front line service providers who have prolonged exposure with individuals who are unable to be vaccinated or who may be at risk of severe outcomes of COVID-19. Just over 1,000 front line workers have been identified as unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, and will undergo regular testing in their workplace.
Over the weekend, 8,400 individuals were tested at points of entry to PEI, a record for testing at borders. Truck drivers who travel to PEI frequently will continue to be tested once every five days, instead of every time they enter the province.
As always, all Islanders are urged to get tested if they experience any symptoms of COVID-19, even after a previous negative test, and to self-isolate until the results come back. 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.
For information on PEI’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout, including vaccine facts, immunization data and booking an appointment, visit: COVID-19 Vaccines. For answers to commonly asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccines, visit: Answers to Common COVID-19 Vaccine Questions.
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:
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water
- Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue
- Get vaccinated
- Wear a non-medical mask in indoor places
- Stay home if you are not feeling well
- Limit touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Keep your circle of contacts small
- Physical distance - stay two meters (6 feet) apart
- Don’t share items like drinking glasses and water bottles
- Frequently clean surfaces like taps, doorknobs and countertops
- Visit a drop-in-clinic to be tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms
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