One new positive case in Prince Edward Island; COVID-19 vaccine update
Prince Edward Island’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Heather Morrison, has confirmed one new positive case of COVID-19 in the province related to travel.
The case is a man in his 30s who arrived in PEI following travel outside Atlantic Canada. He has mild symptoms, is self-isolating and is being followed by public health daily. Contact tracing is complete.
The man travelled on Air Canada Flight AC8302 from Montreal to Charlottetown on January 4. Everyone on this flight is required to self-isolate in accordance with the Public Health Order. Passengers on this flight should monitor closely for symptoms of COVID-19 and if symptoms develop, visit a drop-in testing clinic. There are no public exposure locations in the province related to this case.
As of yesterday, 4,226 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, including 1,154 second doses. Over 25% of long term care and community care residents have already received the first dose of the vaccine, and by the end of the week, all long term care residents and staff will have received their first dose.
By January 22, it is anticipated that everyone living and working in community care facilities will receive their first does of the vaccine. Beginning January 25, all long term and community care residents and staff will begin receiving their second dose. Receiving the second dose of the vaccine is critical to achieve the full benefit of the immunization.
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 to let them know if they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
Prince Edward Island currently has eight active cases of COVID-19 and has had a total of 103 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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