Sep
8
2020

Province confirms two new cases of COVID-19

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

One individual is an essential worker not employed in the health care industry – a man in his 30s – who arrived in the province on August 28 following international travel.

The other case is a woman in her 30s who arrived in PEI with her family on August 27 following international travel. She is part of the family household that includes two young children under the age of ten who previously tested positive.  

Both 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 international travel. All nine active cases continue to do well and remain in self-isolation. They are all being followed daily by public health nursing, contact tracing is being completed.

The Chief Public Health Office is also confirming travel information related to the six positive cases announced over the past 24-hours. They all traveled to Prince Edward Island by air on the following flights (some traveled on a combination of flights): 

  • August 25: Air Canada Flight 8910 from Toronto to Moncton (then traveled by private passenger vehicle to Prince Edward Island)
  • August 27: Air Canada Flight 314 from Vancouver to Montreal (arriving in Montreal on August 28)
  • August 28: Air Canada Flight 7468 from Montreal to Charlottetown
  • August 28: Air Canada Flight 8358 from Toronto to Charlottetown

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 visit a COVID-19 drop-in clinic to get tested. A list of COVID-19 drop-in testing clinics is available at Information about COVID-19 Testing in PEI.

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 53 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 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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