Apr
16
2021

Prince Edward Island reports first COVID-19 hospitalization

Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Heather Morrison, has announced the province’s first hospitalization related to COVID-19. 

“The rates of hospitalizations and ICU admissions are  increasing across the country, so it is not surprising that PEI has reported its first hospitalization today,” said Dr. Morrison. “Our health system and health care staff are well prepared to care for patients with COVID-19, so this individual will receive excellent care.”

The case was previously announced and is an individual who recently travelled domestically, outside of Atlantic Canada. The person has been in self-isolation since arriving in PEI.  

“Health PEI is well prepared to receive COVID-19 patients. We have the appropriate plans in place to care for COVID-19 patients safely,” said Dr. Michael Gardam, Chief Operating Officer for Health PEI. “While this is our first admission for COVID-19 since the pandemic began, we have been ready for this eventuality since March 2020. Staff and physicians with patient contact are vaccinated, and we have procedures to minimize any risk.” 

As part of Health PEI’s visitor protocol, visitor restrictions are now in place on Unit 3 of the QEH due to the presence of a COVID-19 positive case. Visitors will not be permitted on the unit at this time. However, one designated partner in care will be permitted per patient, following infection control guidelines.

Islanders are encouraged to continue to access emergency and other services at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital when needed, as the hospital remains a safe space to receive care. 

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.

Prince Edward Island currently has seven active cases of COVID-19 and has had 167 positive cases 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:

  • 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 
  • Keep your circle of contacts small 
  • Wear a mask in closed, indoor public spaces 
  • 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 

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

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