Feb
18
2021

One new positive case of COVID-19 in PEI

Prince Edward Island’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Heather Morrison, has confirmed one new positive case of COVID-19. 

The individual is a man in his 20s who recently travelled outside of Atlantic Canada. The man is asymptomatic and tested positive during routine testing. He is isolating and being followed by public health daily. Contact tracing is underway.  

The man travelled on Air Canada flight AC8302 from Montreal to Charlottetown on Feb 16. Although most people who travelled on this flight would currently be in isolation, out of an abundance of caution, anyone on this flight who is not tested regularly for COVID-19, should be tested at a drop-in testing clinic within the next 24-48 hours. Individuals, such as rotational workers or work isolators, on the flight that are part of a regular testing regimen do not need to undergo additional testing.

Dr. Morrison is reminding all Islanders to get tested if they experience any symptoms of COVID-19, and 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.

Prince Edward Island has two active cases of COVID-19 and has had a total of 115 positive cases of COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic. Information about the province’s COVID-19 cases is available online.

For the latest information about Prince Edward Island’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit: COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Prince Edward Island

Backgrounder: 

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

Media Contact:
Samantha Hughes
Health and Wellness
shughes@gov.pe.ca 

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Phone: 902-368-6414
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