COVID-19 on P.E.I.: What's happening Friday, April 9
P.E.I.'s jobless rate fell in March, a year into the pandemic, according to new statistics
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 www.lgpei.ca.
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.
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
- Some seasonal residents and others with family connections on P.E.I. are thrilled at the prospect of coming to the Island this summer without the need to self-isolate for 14 days — provided they have proof of vaccination.
- P.E.I. Premier Dennis King says the Atlantic bubble is still on track to open April 19.
- A national expert is expressing concern that P.E.I. has fallen behind national guidelines for school air quality meant to reduce the spread of coronavirus.
- Twelve pharmacies across P.E.I. will administer the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine to Islanders 55 and over.
- Dr. Trevor Jain of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital takes your questions on COVID-19, including on vaccine effectiveness, nasal swabs, and self-isolation.
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.
- Here is a chart of COVID-19 cases on P.E.I. since March 2020, and a timeline of pandemic events.
- Here is a look at how coronavirus is spreading across Canada.
Reminder about symptoms
The symptoms of COVID-19 can include:
- Cough or worsening of a previous cough.
- Possible loss of taste and/or smell.
- Sore throat.
- New or worsening fatigue.
- Shortness of breath.
- Runny nose.