Province confirms one new case of COVID-19
Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Heather Morrison, has confirmed an additional positive case of COVID-19, bringing the total number of active cases in the province to three.
The individual is a male in his late teens who arrived to PEI following international travel. He has been in self-isolation since arriving in Prince Edward Island on August 29. He developed symptoms of COVID-19 while in self-isolation and underwent testing on September 3. He continues to do well with mild symptoms, remains in self-isolation and is being followed daily by public health nursing. In accordance with standard protocol, contact tracing is underway with anyone who had close contact with the case within 48 hours prior to the onset of symptoms.
Travel information is now known for the two positive cases of COVID-19 announced yesterday, September 3. Both men traveled from Vancouver to Charlottetown with Air Canada. They departed Vancouver on August 23 on Air Canada flight AC 128, arriving in Toronto on August 24. They then flew from Toronto to Charlottetown the same day on Air Canada flight AC8358.
The Chief Public Health Office has been in communication with the airline and, out of an abundance of caution, all passengers who travelled on these flights should monitor for symptoms. If any passengers develop symptoms of COVID-19 they should call their primary care provider or 811 to arrange for testing.
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.
This is the third confirmed positive case of COVID-19 in the province this month. Prince Edward Island has had a total of 47 positive cases of COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic. All cases have been travel-related.
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
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