Statement in response to the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 in New Brunswick

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

“Islanders who have been to the Costco Optical Centre or St. Hubert restaurant in Moncton since October 1, 2020, are at risk of potential exposure to COVID-19. Islanders who have been to either of these locations since last Thursday should monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and visit a Drop-in Testing Clinic to be tested if symptoms develop. 

The Chief Public Health Office is actively monitoring the situation in New Brunswick, and we will continue to update Islanders with information about this situation and its potential impact on our province.

Screening for COVID-19 at points of entry into our province will remain in place for the foreseeable future. In the short-term, additional information will be distributed to everyone entering Prince Edward Island via the Confederation Bridge and the Wood Islands ferry to reinforce the need to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19, follow public health measures and avoid large gatherings. All individuals entering the province will continue to be screened at points of entry. Islanders traveling out of province should follow public health measures in the jurisdiction they are visiting. 

Prince Edward Island remains in a state of Public Health Emergency, and it is important that everyone continue to follow public health measures to keep themselves and others safe – maintain a physical distance of 2 m (6 ft.) from others outside of their immediate household; wash their hands frequently with soap and water or hand sanitizer; wear a non-medical mask when in indoor spaces; stay home if they’re not feeling well; and, keep their circle of close contacts small. Islanders and visitors alike are also asked to avoid large gatherings to further reduce their risk of exposure to COVID-19. 

Thanksgiving weekend is an occasion for families and loved ones to get together. This year, I am asking Islanders to do so safely by following public health measures and keeping the number of people we gather with outside of our household as small as possible.” 

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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