Statement from Prince Edward Island’s Chief Public Health Officer 

Prince Edward Island’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Heather Morrison, issued the following statement in response to the current outbreak of COVID-19 in Moncton, New Brunswick: 

“This afternoon, our office received additional information about outbreak of COVID-19 in a special care home in Moncton, New Brunswick, and the potential public exposure at the Costco Optical Center and St. Hubert Restaurant located in the city. 

Out of an abundance of caution, Islanders who accessed services at the Costco Optical Centre or St. Hubert Restaurant in Moncton since Thursday, October 1 should monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. Islanders who are experiencing symptoms should immediately visit a Drop-in Testing Clinic to be tested. 

New Brunswick public health officials are focusing efforts on identification, isolation and testing of close contacts of the cases. The origin of this outbreak is unknown, and we anticipate that more information will be available in the coming days. 

This outbreak is a reminder that following public health measures – physical distancing, frequent handwashing, coughing into your elbow, wearing a non-medical mask in indoor public spaces, staying home if you’re feeling unwell, keeping your circle of contacts small – remain crucial to protecting ourselves and others from COVID-19. 

COVID-19 is a virus that spreads easily and quickly. While the risk of COVID-19 transmission in Prince Edward Island remains low, the virus continues to present a serious threat to our province. We must remain vigilant and not let our guard down; this is not the time to be complacent in our attitudes and behaviours regarding COVID-19. Every Islander is vulnerable to contracting the virus, and we need to be careful about having contact with people outside our household – just because we know the people we are in contact with, it does not reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19.” 

For more information about Prince Edward Island’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit: COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Prince Edward Island.

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