Prince Edward Island reports one new case of COVID-19; 23 active
Specimens to be tested for COVID-19 are seen at LifeLabs after being logged upon receipt at the company's lab, in Surrey, B.C., on Thursday, March 26, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
HALIFAX -- Health officials on Prince Edward Island are reporting one new case of COVID-19 on Thursday.
Dr. Heather Morrison, the province's chief public health officer, says the new case involves a man in his 60s and is a close contact to a previously reported case.
Morrison says the man originally tested negative, but after developing symptoms tested positive.
Public health says he is self-isolating and public health is following up with him daily.
P.E.I. currently has 23 active cases of COVID-19. To date, they have had a total of 138 positive cases of the novel coronavirus.
Prince Edward Island provides a list of possible COVID-19 symptoms on their website, which include:
- new or worsening cough
- shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- sore throat
- runny nose, sneezing, congestion
- muscle/joint/body aches
- feeling unwell/unusual tiredness
- acute loss of sense of smell or taste
Other symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea have been reported, but typically along with other COVID-19 symptoms, and may be seen more often in children.
COVID ALERT APP
Canada's COVID-19 Alert app is available in Prince Edward Island.
The app, which can be downloaded through the Apple App Store or Google Play, notifies users if they may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.