Two new cases of COVID-19 in PEI
Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Heather Morrison, has confirmed two new cases of COVID-19 in Prince Edward Island.
The individuals, both in their 50s, are close contacts of a previously announced case related to domestic travel outside Atlantic Canada. Both cases are unvaccinated and self-isolating.
These individuals are not permanent residents of PEI, therefore they will not show up in the PEI case count; they will be included in the case count in their home jurisdiction.
As of July 28, 53.6% of eligible PEI residents have been fully vaccinated with two doses of COVID-19 vaccine, and 88.1% of eligible residents have received at least one dose of vaccine.
Anyone age 12 and over who has not received their first dose of vaccine can make an appointment at one of the public clinics online or by calling 1-844-975-3303; or by contacting one of the 26 partner pharmacies across the province. The immunization target is for 80% of people over the age of 12 to be fully vaccinated. Every Islander in the target age range will have the opportunity to be vaccinated in 2021.
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 has had 208 positive cases since the onset of the pandemic.
For information on PEI’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout, including vaccine facts, immunization data and booking an appointment, visit: COVID-19 Vaccines. For answers to commonly asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccines, visit: Answers to Common COVID-19 Vaccine Questions. For the latest information about Prince Edward Island’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit: COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Prince Edward Island.
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:
· 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
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