May
18
2021

Two new positive cases of COVID-19 in PEI

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

One individual is in their 20s and one is in their 40s, both recently travelled outside of Atlantic Canada. The two cases are unrelated to one another. Both individuals are self-isolating and being followed daily by public health.

There is also a flight exposure notification related to one of the cases. Anyone who travelled on Air Canada flight 8012 from Montreal to Charlottetown on Saturday, May 15 is already following self-isolation or work-isolation, but should monitor closely for symptoms of COVID-19 and if any develop, visit a drop-in testing clinic and self-isolate until a negative result is received. 

As of Saturday, May 15, 73,978 doses of vaccine were administered, including 11,765 second doses. 44.2% of those over the age of 12 have received at least one dose of vaccine and 8.4% have received two doses of vaccine. All Island residents age 12 and over can now book vaccine appointments at one of the public immunization clinics. 

“Islanders have responded so well to the opportunity to be immunized against COVID-19. I encourage all who have not yet been vaccinated to book their appointment to protect themselves and others,” said Dr. Morrison. “Although we are not experiencing the third wave to the same degree as the rest of Canada, we do still experience the impacts of high national COVID-19 activity here in PEI. We will proceed cautiously opening our borders and allow time for Island residents to have good protection from immunization and achieve low levels of COVID-19 in PEI and across Canada.” 
This week, almost 4,000 doses of Moderna vaccine will be distributed to 12 community pharmacies. Those 40 and over can contact one of the participating pharmacies to receive their immunization at a pharmacy this week. 

Last week, pharmacies in PEI were advised to stop administering the AstraZeneca vaccine and replace those appointments with Moderna. Pharmacies have enough AstraZeneca vaccine on hand for anyone who is unable to receive an mRNA vaccine. Those who have had a first dose of AstraZeneca will not need a second dose for 12 to 16 weeks. National guidance on second doses is expected in the near future for these individuals. 

As of June 8, pre-travel approval applications for Family Connections and Canadian seasonal residents will be processed. There will be a maximum of 500 households per week allowed to travel to PEI under these travel streams. Pre-travel approval and 14 days of self-isolation is required. Anyone travelling to PEI from outside of Atlantic Canada will need a negative test prior to departure (or prior to arriving in PEI) and everyone coming to the province will be tested for COVID-19 at the points of entry. These requirements will be in place regardless of vaccine status and there will be random self-isolation checks to ensure a high level of compliance. 

As always, 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. Islanders are also encouraged to download the free national COVID Alert app, which will let them know if they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Prince Edward Island currently has 10 active cases of COVID-19 and has had 194 positive cases since the onset of the pandemic. Information about the province’s COVID-19 cases is available online.

slanders 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 and appointment booking information 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:

  • 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
  • Wear a mask in closed, indoor public spaces
  • 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

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