COVID-19 on P.E.I.: What's happening Friday, April 9

Online condolences only are being requested for Prince Philip, who died today at age 99; and Prince Edward Island's unemployment rate has fallen again.

P.E.I.'s jobless rate fell in March, a year into the pandemic, according to new statistics

On an online condolence page, the Prince Edward Island lieutenant governor's office posted this photo showing Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip saying goodbye to then-Lieutenant Governor Willibald Joseph MacDonald and his wife Agnes during their visit to P.E.I. in 1964. (Public Archives and Records Office, Acc5099/51)

P.E.I.'s Chief Public Health Office announced one new case of COVID-19 Friday, bringing the province's 13-month total to 162.

Prince Edward Island's seesawing unemployment rate went down to 8.1 per cent in March, a year after the COVID-19 pandemic began to take a bite out of jobs. That's according to Statistics Canada data released Friday. 

A message issued by Buckingham Palace Friday asked Commonwealth citizens to refrain from gathering to mourn Prince Philip's death at 99, citing the need to avoid further COVID-19 outbreaks. P.E.I.'s condolences over the death of the Duke of Edinburgh will be collected online only; Lt.-Gov. Antoinette Perry said Islanders could find a link at

The Charlottetown Airport has another flight coming in, starting Aug. 2. PAL Airlines will offer a Charlottetown-Halifax service three times a week, saying it will be expanding to help smooth the region's post-pandemic recovery.

It's been a quiet year at Charlottetown Airport, but more flights are being announced for this summer. (CBC)

Continuing pandemic restrictions have quashed any hope of staging Anne of Green Gables — The Musical at the Charlottetown Festival this summer. Organizers announced the Anneless 2021 lineup on Thursday. 

In her weekly pandemic check-in with CBC News: Compass Thursday, Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison said any easing of public health restrictions for visitors coming to P.E.I. this summer will also apply to Islanders who wish to travel, but there is no timeline yet for those changes

Prince Edward Island recorded its 162nd case of COVID-19 Friday, with news of a case linked to travel outside the Atlantic region.

Elsewhere in the Atlantic region:

  • New Brunswick has eight new COVID-19 cases and an individual between 60 and 69 in the Edmundston region has died, the 32nd provincial death due to the pandemic. As of Friday, there are 140 active cases in the province.
  • Nova Scotia reported two new cases on Friday, and now has 41 known active cases.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador added three new cases of COVID-19, leaving the province with eight active cases of the illness — the highest total since March 19.

Also in the news

These Islanders are currently eligible for a vaccine

  • People over 60.
  • People over the age of 55 may book for an AstraZeneca vaccine at a pharmacy.
  • Islanders 40-59 years of age with underlying medical conditions, and all eligible members of their household.
  • People providing health care services to the public — including optometrists, pharmacists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists — and their support staff.
  • Firefighters, police officers, power-line workers.
  • Residents and staff of long-term care homes.
  • Adults living in Indigenous communities.
  • Residents and staff of shared living facilities.
  • Truck drivers and other rotational workers.

Further resources

Reminder about symptoms

The symptoms of COVID-19 can include:

  • Fever.
  • Cough or worsening of a previous cough.
  • Possible loss of taste and/or smell.
  • Sore throat.
  • New or worsening fatigue.
  • Headache.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Runny nose.

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