Sep
29
2020

One new positive COVID-19 case in PEI, new alert system launched

Prince Edward Island’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Heather Morrison, has confirmed one new positive case of COVID-19, and announced the launch of a new COVID-19 alert system for the province.

The individual is a man in his 20s. He is an Island worker (non-health care industry) who recently travelled outside Atlantic Canada. He is doing well, is self-isolating at home and is being followed by public health. Contact tracing is underway. There are now two active cases of COVID-19 in the province. 

During today’s COVID-19 update, Dr. Morrison announced that the province will be moving into the ‘New Normal’ phase of the Renew PEI, Together plan starting Thursday, October 1. As part of this phase, gathering limits will be increasing, visiting guidelines in long-term care homes will be further relaxed, opportunity for sport and recreational activities will be increased, and more public services will be available. Detailed information about the New Normal phase is now available online

Dr. Morrison also confirmed that the province has also launched a three-phased colour coded COVID-19 Alert Level System to support planning and help guide decision-making during the pandemic. Beginning Thursday, the province will be in the green phase or New Normal phase. Other phases include Caution (yellow) and Restricted (red). Key factors such as transmission of COVID-19 in the province, public health capacity (to carry out testing, operation isolation and contact tracing), health care system capacity, outbreak risk in vulnerable settings such as long-term care, risk of importation of COVID-19 into the province, and overall impact to Islanders will be used to determine when to move between the various alert levels. Information about the new alert system is available online.

Islanders are reminded to follow public health measures – physical distancing, frequent handwashing, coughing into your elbow, wearing a non-medical mask in indoor public spaces, staying home if you’re feeling unwell, keeping your circle of contacts small – remain crucial to protecting themselves and others from COVID-19. Islanders who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should visit a Drop-in Testing Clinic to be tested. To make it more convenient for Islanders to access testing, the COVID-19 Drop-in Testing Clinics in Charlottetown (located at 64 Park Street) and in Summerside (located in Slemon Park) are expanding their hours of operation to 7-days per week. Hours of operation for these and other testing clinics across the province are available online

There currently is no evidence of community spread of COVID-19 in Prince Edward Island and the risk of transmission in the province remains low. Prince Edward Island has had a total of 58 positive cases of COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic. All cases to date have been travel-related. Information about the province’s COVID-19 cases is available online.

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:

  • Washing 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
  • Keep your circle of contacts small
  • Wear a mask in closed, indoor public spaces
  • Maintain a distance of two meters from others as much as possible
  • 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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