COVID-19 on P.E.I.: What's happening Thursday, July 9
Another case of COVID-19 has been detected on P.E.I., related to cluster of 5 last weekend
Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison gave an unscheduled briefing Thursday at noon to announce Prince Edward Island now has one more case of COVID-19, a young man who was a close contact of someone from an existing cluster, bringing the active number of cases on P.E.I. to six.
The man, in his 20s, is at home with mild symptoms, she said. He had originally tested negative but was self-isolating.
Morrison said the young man was a close contact of someone in the existing cluster of cases that emerged last weekend, after an Island man travelled to Nova Scotia and had contact with a friend who had arrived in Halifax via Toronto on a flight from the United States.
Testing clinic for Borden-Carleton
Morrison said a testing clinic for essential workers who make frequent trips outside the Atlantic provinces for work, not only truckers, is being set up in the Borden-Carleton area, and will be available Monday.
Public health officials are also working to improve appointment scheduling at testing clinics in Charlottetown and Summerside.
Other COVID-19 stories
Nurses on P.E.I. are starting to feel the pressure of there not being enough of them to go around, says the president of the P.E.I. Nurses' Union.
The Confederation Centre of the Arts has crafted a new series of open-air concerts to offer summer entertainment that abides by COVID-19 safety guidelines.
If you're having trouble getting a facemask following the Chief Public Health Office's strengthened recommendation for them, the Rotary Club will be giving them away free Friday.
Access PEI officials say they are working hard to try to deal with an increase in demand for services at its offices.
Three of the six community schools on P.E.I. that had been planning to offer courses this fall have cancelled their programs, and organizers are still waiting for confirmation from the other three.
The union representing education support workers on P.E.I. is concerned its members are being forced to apply for CERB money they are not eligible for.
The Canadian Mental Health Association on P.E.I. is offering its suicide prevention training program again, but it is now online.
The opposition Liberals are calling on the province to provide increased funding to UPEI and Holland College to ensure tuition isn't increased and programs are not cut.
The mayor of Souris, P.E.I., is hearing "quite a few" reports of Quebec residents visiting places they should not, in violation of COVID-19 pandemic rules.
P.E.I. has had a total of 33 COVID-19 cases, with 27 considered recovered.
Also in the news
- Some businesses on P.E.I. are struggling to keep up with the demand for outdoor sporting goods following booming sales at the start of the season as the global COVID-19 pandemic took hold.
- The mayor of the resort municipality that includes Cavendish and surrounding areas is calling on the federal government to eliminate entrance fees to national parks this summer to attract more people and help restart the economy.
- The Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Charlottetown is filling up again now that donation pickups have resumed.
- Here is information for living with the COVID-19 pandemic on P.E.I. — including information on government relief programs, physical distancing measures, and essential health services.
- Here is a chart tracking COVID-19 numbers and a timeline of COVID-19-related events on P.E.I.