Two new cases of COVID-19 confirmed on P.E.I., 11 total
As of Friday, the total number of COVID-19 cases on the island is nine.
HALIFAX -- Two new cases of COVID-19 were identified in Prince Edward Island on Friday, bringing the province's total to 11.
Dr. Heather Morrison, P.E.I.'s chief public health officer, announced the new positive cases on at a news conference on Friday afternoon.
The two new cases are both women from the Prince County area, one in her 20's and one in her 50's. Morrison says both cases are international travel related, but didn't release any further flight information at this time.
Morrison says both women are self-isolating at home and doing well.
As of Friday afternoon, Prince Edward Island had a total of eleven COVID-19 cases, one of which is considered recovered. All eleven cases are international travel related.
On Friday, Morrison also recommended that schools remain closed until at least May.
"Today I'm recommending to government that schools stay closed until, at a minimum, May 11, for in-person learning, and this will be re-evaluated as we get closer to that date,” said Morrison during a news conference Friday.
Morrison also recommended that non-essential government and non-essential services remain closed indefinitely until more information is known.
"Of course, this means that staff should continue working from home whenever possible, and only essential workers be on site," she said.
Morrison said they are still seeing a lot of people arriving on the island for personal reasons. She is reminding everyone that anyone travelling over the Confederation Bridge should only be doing so for necessities.
"So, to say this another way, I want to be clear, all unnecessary travel into Prince Edward Island is prohibited," said Morrison.
National Emergency Stockpile Clinic
Morrison also said the National Emergency Stockpile, or NES Clinic, is near completion, and will be available on Saturday in Charlottetown. The clinic will include a drive-thru for COVID-19 testing by appointment for those screened by 811.
It will also provide a cough and fever clinic for Islanders by appointment, which will run seven days a week.
A second cough and fever clinic will be made available in Summerside, P.E.I. next week.
Phishing emails about COVID-19
Morrison addressed a situation about phishing emails claiming to provide COVID-19 test results.
"So, a reminder that individuals that have been tested will be followed up by telephone only, from public health nursing or the chief public health office," she explained.
COVID-19 percentages throughout Canada
According to Morrison, there are more than 4,000 COVID-19 cases throughout Canada, and 39 deaths from the virus.
"Approximately 30 per cent of cases are over age 60. Seventy-eight per cent of cases present with cough and about 50 per cent present with chills or fever. Two per cent of our cases in the country have ended up in our intensive care units,” she said.
"We all want to get back to our normal, but this is a time we need to continue our public health measures … let's do all we can to protect each other and especially our vulnerable population.”
- Public health officials are encouraging everyone to follow routine prevention measures including:
- Washing hands frequently with soap and water
- Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue
- If ill with acute respiratory symptoms, stay home if possible
- Limit touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Don’t share items like drinking glasses and water bottles
- Frequently clean surfaces like taps, doorknobs and countertops