Aug
31
2021

Three new cases of COVID-19 in PEI

Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Heather Morrison, has announced three new cases of COVID-19 in Prince Edward Island.

One of the individuals is in their 60s, one is in their 40s and the other is between the ages of 10 and 19 years. All three recently travelled outside Atlantic Canada. Contact tracing is complete, and the individuals are self-isolating.

There is a flight notification related to one of the cases:

Anyone who travelled on West Jet Flight 0330 from Toronto to Charlottetown on Sunday, August 29 is advised to monitor closely for symptoms and if any symptoms develop, self-isolate and visit a testing clinic. 

Prince Edward Island currently has eight active cases of COVID-19 and has had 233 positive cases since the onset of the pandemic. Information about the province’s COVID-19 cases is available online.

As of Saturday, August 28, a total of 241, 495 doses of vaccine have been administered. 91.2 per cent of the eligible population have received at least one dose of vaccine and 80.6 per cent have received two doses.

“Since the 80 per cent target was set in the Spring, much has changed. We are now in the fourth wave, driven by the highly infectious and transmissible Delta variant and are seeing an increase in cases in PEI and in Canada. We now know we must have more than 80 per cent of eligible people vaccinated in all age groups. With the Delta variant circulating, we need as many people as possible rolling up their sleeves and getting vaccinated.”

- Dr. Heather Morrison

Islanders are encouraged to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and every Island resident 12 and older who wants to be immunized will have an opportunity to receive the vaccine in 2021. Information on PEI’s COVID-19 vaccine roll out is available online.

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

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:

  • Get vaccinated
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water 
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue
  • Stay home if you are not feeling well
  • Limit touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Keep your circle of contacts small
  • Physical distance - stay two meters (6 feet) apart
  • Don’t share items like drinking glasses and water bottles
  • Frequently clean surfaces like taps, doorknobs and countertops
  • Visit a drop-in-clinic to be tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms

Media Contact:
Samantha Hughes
Health and Wellness
shughes@gov.pe.ca 

General Inquiries

Department of Health and Wellness
4th Floor North, Shaw Building
105 Rochford Street
Charlottetown, PE   C1A 7N8

Phone: 902-368-6414
Fax: 902-368-4121

DeptHW@gov.pe.ca