Visitor to Prince Edward Island tests positive for COVID-19: public health
HALIFAX -- Prince Edward Island reported one new case of COVID-19 on Friday but says it won't be added to the province’s total case count.
The newly identified case involves a man in his 60s who recently travelled outside of Atlantic Canada. The province says the man is self-isolating and being followed by public health daily. Contact tracing is underway.
However, despite identifying the man as a new case, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada advises the case will not be officially counted in P.E.I.’s case count as he is a resident of another Canadian jurisdiction.
Public health says the man travelled on Air Canada Flight AC8302 from Montreal to Charlottetown on Wednesday. Anyone who travelled on the flight is currently in self-isolation however, they should monitor closely for symptoms and visit a drop-in testing clinic if symptoms develop.
In reference to a previously announced case, Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Heather Morrison,is asking taxi drivers who picked up passengers from the Charlottetown Airport on Monday between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. to closely monitor for symptoms, and if symptoms develop to visit a drop-in testing clinic.
As of Friday, P.E.I. has three active cases of COVID-19 and has had a total of 113 positive cases of the virus since the onset of the pandemic. Information about the province’s COVID-19 cases is available online.
Dr. Morrison is reminding all Islanders to get tested if they experience any symptoms of COVID-19, and self-isolate until the results come back.
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.
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.