Jul
4
2020

Three additional COVID-19 cases in Prince Edward Island

Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Heather Morrison, has announced three additional positive COVID-19 cases in the province, bringing the province’s total to 30. 

The three cases are all Islanders and are related to travel within Canada. None of the cases are related to seasonal residents or the opening of the Atlantic Bubble. All three individuals are essential workers:  a man in his 50s, a man in his 20s and a woman in her 20s. 

The man in his 50s recently traveled outside of the region and has been self-isolating since returning home. 

The man and woman in their 20s are believed to be connected, the man had traveled to Nova Scotia and had contact with someone who had traveled from the United States. The woman is a staff member at Whisperwood Villa and recently worked at the facility. She wore appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and does not provide direct personal care to residents. She left the facility as soon as she experienced symptoms. 

Whisperwood Villa was contacted last evening as soon as the Chief Public Health Office became aware of the positive case. As a precaution, all residents and staff at Whisperwood Villa will be tested for COVID-19. Staff are being contacted individually regarding the process to get tested, and resident testing is already underway. None of the residents at Whisperwood Villa are currently experiencing new COVID-19 symptoms. As an additional precaution, anyone who visited Whisperwood Villa on Tuesday, June 30 is also being contacted directly to arrange for testing. 

Contact tracing of the cases through public health nursing has started. Early and comprehensive contact tracing is key to containing further spread of COVID-19 in Prince Edward Island. 

The Chief Public Health Office continues to work with Whisperwood Villa, who has been diligent about following public health guidance since the pandemic began. All indoor and outdoor visits at the facility are cancelled until further notice and there will be no communal dining. The frequency of resident temperature checks will now take place twice a day, in addition to two screenings per day. 

All necessary steps are being taken to mitigate any spread of COVID-19 in the facility and keeping residents and staff safe is a top priority. 

Backgrounder: 

The Chief Public Health Office continues to work closely with the federal government, provincial and territorial counterparts, government departments and Health PEI to continue to monitor the situation globally, nationally and locally. The public health risk of COVID-19 is continually reassessed and Islanders will be updated as new information becomes available.

Government’s special situation response group also continues to work collaboratively with the Chief Public Health Office, stakeholders and community partners in preparing for all impacts related to COVID-19 to the province, including health, social and economic. 

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:
Samantha Hughes
Health and Wellness
(902) 368-5610
shughes@gov.pe.ca

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