COVID-19 on P.E.I.: What's happening Friday, June 11

P.E.I.'s vaccination program is on track, says Dr. Heather Morrison, and an examination of why P.E.I. is planning to open to tourists later than other provinces in the region.

P.E.I. announces new incentives for Islanders to take staycations, and more vaccines are on the way

With tourists from outside Atlantic Canada not welcome until September under the current plan, it could be another slow summer at Charlottetown Airport. (Jessica Doria-Brown/CBC)

The Prince Edward Island government announced Friday the Island will receive an additional 29,000 doses of COVID-19  vaccine before the end of June. That could mean pandemic restrictions loosening earlier than planned, the premier and Dr. Heather Morrison say. 

The Upper Room Hospitality Ministry in Charlottetown has taken over a new space to enable it to help more people at once, given pandemic restrictions.

Tourism operators are expressing concerns that P.E.I. is opening to tourists more slowly than the rest of the region. Premier Dennis King is worried about the province's ability to handle an outbreak.

The province tweeted this graphic Friday, showing the number of P.E.I. residents vaccinated with at least one dose, by age.

The union representing paramedics on P.E.I. has met with the premier to discuss what it's calling a "critical shortage" of staff. CUPE Local 3324 president Jason Woodbury says paramedics have taken on more responsibility during the pandemic.

The provincial government has outlined a new gift-card plan to help keep accommodations-based businesses in the black.

A pair of P.E.I. friends say their new-found love, hiking, has helped them deal with depression and anxiety, and get through the pandemic.

There have been 206 cases of COVID-19 on P.E.I. and four are considered active. There have been no deaths and two hospitalizations. Prince Edward Island has reported no new cases since June 3.

Elsewhere in Atlantic Canada: 

  • Nova Scotia has eight new cases of COVID-19, and on Friday confirmed the province's 89th death related to the illness. There are 143 active cases.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador has three new cases Friday and 54 active cases. 
  • New Brunswick reported one new case Friday and has 97 active cases.   

Also in the news

  • After a quiet tourism year in the Tignish region due to the coronavirus shutdown, things are picking up with new music, entertainment, and a whole new salty rite of passage.
  • The federal government is earmarking $6.3 million in COVID-19 recovery funds for major infrastructure upgrades in eastern P.E.I., with projects including the hospitals in Montague and Souris, a Montague school, and a highway depot.
  • Two Prince Edward Island hospital foundations are happily making plans to use funds from the province designed to supplement what they were able to raise on their own this past year, with the COVID-19 pandemic posing major challenges.
  • If anyone is refused entry to P.E.I. at the Borden-Carleton side of the Confederation Bridge, you will still have to pay the toll when you're asked to leave.

These Islanders are currently eligible for a vaccine

  • People over 12.
  • Islanders over 18 can book an appointment for Moderna vaccine at a pharmacy.

You can find more information about how to get a vaccine here.

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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