COVID-19 on P.E.I.: What's happening Sunday, June 6

The first step in Prince Edward Island's reopening plan begins today. Personal gatherings with up to 20 people are permitted. That includes those in a household.

First step in P.E.I.'s reopening plan begins today, with personal gatherings increased to 20 people

P.E.I. plans to reopen to Atlantic Canada by June 27, with some conditions. Some Islanders are feeling nervous and anxious about a return to more socializing. (Kirk Pennell/CBC)

The first step in Prince Edward Island's reopening plan begins today.

Personal gatherings with up to 20 people are permitted. That includes those in a household.

Weddings and funerals are allowed to have up to 150 people, in groups of 50 each.

Some Islanders are feeling anxiety about society reopening again this summer, and P.E.I. psychologist Dr. Jackie Roche says that's normal. 

The province posted on social media Friday that it had reached 100,000 vaccinations against COVID-19.

"We are making great progress. Let's keep it up!" the post said, adding links to where Islanders can find information on getting their doses.

There have been no new cases of COVID-19 reported on P.E.I. since Thursday, when the Chief Public Health Office reported two new cases of COVID-19. Both people, one in their 20s and one between the age of 10 and 19, recently travelled outside Atlantic Canada. 

As of Friday, Islanders had received 100,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. (Brittany Spencer/CBC)

P.E.I farming and fishing industry groups are pushing back on a report issued this week that raised concerns about the treatment of temporary foreign workers on the Island, specifically looking at whether they've been protected from COVID-19 in their living and working conditions. 

P.E.I. Premier Dennis King's government is still enjoying a high level of popularity, suggests a poll by Narrative Research, and the high satisfaction level likely has to do with the government's handling of the pandemic, says the company's CEO. 

P.E.I. Chief of Nursing Marion Dowling says Island vaccine rates are on target, with 60 per cent of its targeted population 12 and over having received at least one dose.

The P.E.I. government has the right to ask for proof of vaccination at the border, says the provincial privacy commissioner.

P.E.I.'s tourism minister says he's confident the Island will have a successful tourism season despite reopening its borders to Canadian travellers later than New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador.

However, some businesses are warning the tourism season on P.E.I. could be worse than 2020's, and they are urging Ottawa not to decrease wage subsidies.

There have been 204 cases of COVID-19 on P.E.I. and four are considered active. There have been no deaths and two hospitalizations.

Nova Scotia reported 18 new cases of COVID-19 Saturday for a total of 224 active cases.

Newfoundland and Labrador confirmed five new cases of COVID-19 Saturday, and the number of active cases is now 71. 

New Brunswick had 9 new cases Saturday, and 149 active cases. 

Also in the news

  • A group of P.E.I. businesses has sent a letter to the province voicing concerns around the upcoming tourist season and how it puts them at a "clear disadvantage" with provinces that are reopening sooner.
  • Twenty-four people displaced by a fire at a Charlottetown motel were self-isolating under public health orders and have been safely moved to another location, says P.E.I.'s fire inspector.
  • Island residents in the 18-29 age bracket who received AstraZeneca-Oxford from a P.E.I. pharmacy and are due for their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine will be getting a call to discuss options, says Erin MacKenzie, executive director of the P.E.I. Pharmacists Association.

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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