Apr
23
2020

Prince Edward Island works to increase COVID-19 testing in the province 

Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Heather Morrison, says increasing COVID-19 testing and continuing strong screening measures at points of entry is important as the province looks to ease back restrictions.

Since yesterday, PEI has received 119 new negative COVID-19 test results. There have been a total of 26 positive COVID-19 cases in the province, 24 of which are now recovered.  

New testing criteria and the addition of more groups to be regularly tested is now being updated. Individuals currently being tested include: anyone experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19, close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases, anyone admitted to hospital or Intensive Care Units with respiratory symptoms, residents being admitted to long term care and residents in a long term care facility who is experiencing symptoms. New testing criteria will expand to include staff members who work at more than one long term care facility. There are also discussions underway to consider testing for long haul truckers residing in PEI.

Dr. Morrison reminded Islanders that to get to the point where restrictions can be safely eased back, public health measures in place now must continue. This includes self-isolation when required, staying home as much as possible, physical distancing when in public and good hand washing. She clarified that Islanders should still not visit with anyone they do not live with, even if it is in an outdoor setting.  

For answers to general questions about COVID-19 call 1-833-533-9333 or visit our webpage at: www.princeedwardisland.ca/covid19

Backgrounder: 

The Chief Public Health Office continues to work closely with the federal government, provincial and territorial counterparts, government departments and Health PEI to continue to monitor the situation globally, nationally and locally. The public health risk of COVID-19 is continually reassessed and Islanders will be updated as new information becomes available.

Government’s special situation response group also continues to work collaboratively with the Chief Public Health Office, stakeholders and community partners in preparing for all impacts related to COVID-19 to the province, including health, social and economic. 

Everyone is encouraged to follow routine prevention measures:

  • Washing hands frequently with soap and water
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue
  • If ill with acute respiratory symptoms, stay home if possible
  • Limit touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • 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
(902) 368-5610
shughes@gov.pe.ca

General Inquiries

Department of Health and Wellness
4th Floor North, Shaw Building
105 Rochford Street
Charlottetown, PE   C1A 7N8

Phone: 902-368-6414
Fax: 902-368-4121

DeptHW@gov.pe.ca