Statement from the Premier on COVID-19
Premier Dennis King issued the following statement today related to COVID-19 and his personal travel:
“We continue to see the growing impact of COVID-19 day by day and appreciate the significant impact it is having on Island families, my own included. Like many Islanders, my family and I had planned a spring trip several weeks ago. In the days prior to leaving, the details for the First Ministers Meetings in Ottawa were confirmed and arrangements were made for me to travel to Ottawa from Boston where I was located. My family and I drove to Boston early Wednesday morning and I boarded a plane for Ottawa on Thursday morning, having spent less than 24-hours in the United States. While enroute to Ottawa, the decision was made to cancel the in-person meetings with Premiers and the Prime Minister. Much changed over the 24-hour period between Wednesday and Thursday.
Earlier today, PEI’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Heather Morrison, issued new travel recommendations and precautions related to COVID-19. I have been in regular contact with Dr. Morrison on our general response to contain the virus and raised my particular circumstance with her as well. While my risk of exposure to COVID-19 is considered extremely low and my family and I are feeling great – we are not experiencing any symptoms and do not believe that we have been in contact with anyone who is symptomatic – we will be following her expert advice, as all Islanders should, and self-isolating and self-monitoring at home for the next 14 days.
We are facing an unprecedented challenge in COVID-19. The health and safety of Islanders is our biggest concern. As Premier, I will continue to lead our overall government efforts to support our public health professionals in containing the virus and in responding to the community and economic challenges it is raising. I will work from a satellite office in my home. Meetings will take place virtually or over the phone until I am able to return to my government office.
I encourage all Islanders to follow the advice of Dr. Morrison and take the appropriate precautions to protect you and your family. Islanders are resilient, and we will get through this by working together and supporting one another.”
Executive Director, Communications and Public Affairs
Office of the Premier