Two new cases of COVID-19 in PEI
Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Heather Morrison, has announced two new cases of COVID-19 in Prince Edward Island.
The two new cases include a person in their 20s and one in their 30s who arrived in PEI from domestic travel outside of Atlantic Canada. Both are unvaccinated.
The two tested presumptive positive at the point of entry and were confirmed positive by follow-up laboratory-based PCR testing.
Both individuals have been isolating since arriving in PEI. Given these individuals are residents of another province, they will not be appear in the PEI case count; they will be included in the case count in their home jurisdiction.
Islanders are urged to get tested if they experience any symptoms of COVID-19, even after a previous negative test, and to self-isolate until the results come back
Prince Edward Island currently has no further cases COVID-19 and has had 208 positive cases since the onset of the pandemic.
Islanders are encouraged to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
As of July 24, 2021, 123,236 eligible Island residents have received at least one dose of COVID vaccine (87.6% of people older than 12). 69,664 eligible Islanders (49.5%) have had both doses of vaccine and are fully vaccinated.
The immunization target is for 80% of people over 12 to be fully vaccinated. Every Islander in the target age range will have the opportunity to be vaccinated in 2021.
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 re-assessed and Islanders will be updated as new information becomes available.
Everyone is encouraged to follow routine prevention measures:
• 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