Sep
7
2020

Province confirms new cases of COVID-19 

Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Heather Morrison, has confirmed four new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of active cases in the province to seven.   

Two cases are essential workers not employed in the healthcare industry – a woman in her 40s and a man in his 20s – who arrived in the province on August 25 following international travel.

The two other cases are young children under the age of 10 from the same family who arrived in PEI on August 27 following international travel. They have been in self-isolation with the other members of their household who are also undergoing testing.  

All four cases have been in self-isolation since arriving in the province and underwent routine testing as part of the standard public health protocols in place for individuals who arrive in the province from outside the Atlantic travel bubble, including those arriving from international travel. All four cases continue to do well and remain in self-isolation. They are all being followed daily by public health nursing, and contract tracing is underway.

The Chief Public Health Office is in the process of confirming travel details, and more information will be shared during the COVID-19 public health briefing on Tuesday. 

At this point, there is no evidence of community spread of COVID-19 in Prince Edward Island and the risk of transmission in the province remains low. The Chief Public Health Office will continue to update Islanders on these cases as more information is known in the coming days. 

Prince Edward Island has had a total of 51 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 at PEI COVID-19 Case Data.

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
  • 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:
Amanda Hamel
Executive Director, Communications and Public Affairs
Office of the Premier
902-368-4400
ahamel@gov.pe.ca

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