P.E.I. reports 1 new COVID-19 case, 3 active cases; no changes to self-isolation
P.E.I.’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison gives an update on COVID-19 in the province on November 10, 2020.
HALIFAX -- Prince Edward Island reported one new case of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the number of active cases in the province to three.
Tuesday's new case involves a woman in her 20s. She is a close contact of one of the two new COVID-19 cases announced on Friday.
P.E.I. last reported two new cases on Friday. Both of those cases involved men -- one in his 20s and one in his 50s -- who had recently travelled outside the Atlantic bubble.
P.E.I.'s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison says one of those men travelled into the province by vehicle, while the other was on a Nov. 1 flight from Montreal to Charlottetown. All passengers on Air Canada flight AC8356 on Nov. 1 should monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.
Morrison says all three cases are self-isolating with mild symptoms, and contact tracing is complete.
There is still no evidence of community spread in P.E.I. The province has had a total of 67 positive COVID-19 cases, all of which have been related to travel.
Sixty-four previously-reported cases are now considered recovered, leaving three active cases in the province.
The province has completed 49,016 negative tests as of Tuesday.
Prior to the province's three new cases, P.E.I. hadn't reported a case in nearly three weeks, since Oct. 20.
While P.E.I.'s case numbers remain low, Morrison warns islanders against becoming complacent.
"While I am grateful for everyday we remain in this new normal, I am also worried about the impact of a second wave of COVID-19 in our province," said Morrison during Tuesday's news update. "I don’t believe it’s a matter of, if we experience a spike in cases, but rather when P.E.I. is affected by a second wave, and I worry about the impact on Islanders, especially those in vulnerable groups, and our health-care system."
NO CHANGES TO SELF-ISOLATION
While fellow Atlantic bubble province Nova Scotia announced stricter self-isolation rules on Monday, Morrison says P.E.I. will be making no changes to the rules at this time.
"Because people in this province have to submit an isolation plan prior to arrival, which is a little different than Nova Scotia, we usually have a chance to make sure people really can self-isolate, whether they are self-isolating collectively as a family, or individually," she said.
Nova Scotia adjusted the rules on Monday, specifying that anyone who comes to Nova Scotia from outside of the Atlantic bubble for non-essential reasons is required to quarantine alone, away from others, for 14 days. If they can't self-isolate alone, and must do it with others, everyone in the household must self-isolate for 14 days as well.
Morrison says P.E.I. public health believes it is safe to self-isolate in a home with other people, provided you have limited contact with others and have a separate room and bathroom, if possible. She adds that all common surfaces should be disinfected regularly.
"I urge Islanders who travel outside the Atlantic bubble to be extremely cautious. Now is the time for everyone to assume the person next to them may have COVID-19," added Morrison.
Morrison also spoke about how Islanders should commemorate Remembrance Day on Wedneday, which marks the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.
“COVID-19 should not interfere with our desire and our duty to thank our veterans, but we will be doing it differently this year. Many traditional Remembrance Day events across the province have been cancelled, or will be virtual, while there will be smaller modified events.”
Morrison says eight Remembrance Day events have been approved by public health, and require physical distancing. Choirs and bands will also need to practice physical distancing and should wear masks if possible.
Testing clinics in Montague and O'Leary will be closed for Remembrance Day, but Charlottetown and Summerside clinics will remain open.