COVID-19 on P.E.I.: What's happening Thursday, July 15

How the P.E.I. Public Schools Branch is dealing with student anxiety in the pandemic, and some COVID-19 testing sites on the Island have closed.

Thousands of AstraZeneca vaccines expired on the Island and were thrown out

Students and a teacher, all wearing masks, sit in a classroom.
The Public Schools Branch is looking back on how the pandemic affected student learning. (Jane Robertson/CBC)

Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison said she expects 40 per cent of eligible Islanders to be fully vaccinated by the end of this week

Car rental fleets were cut back during the pandemic, which could lead to a shortage this summer as companies try to ramp back up.

The Public Schools Branch had to make some changes to help anxious students during the pandemic, and that will continue with more counsellors in the fall.

The province is also analyzing the results of testing this summer to assess the impact of the pandemic on student learning.

Some P.E.I. COVID-19 testing sites are shutting down as vaccination rates go up.

P.E.I. disposed of more than 3,000 expired doses of AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine recently.

P.E.I. daycares say they're in need of newer COVID-19 guidelines after the province dropped its mask mandate last week.

Retail was among the industries that continued to grow in 2020, despite occasional shortages of goods. (Brittany Spencer/CBC)

The P.E.I. economy did better than the national economy in 2020, according to the P.E.I. Statistical Review for the year, which was released Tuesday.

P.E.I. Finance Minister Darlene Compton is crediting Islanders for supporting local through the pandemic.

P.E.I. has no active cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday, and has seen a total of 208.

Elsewhere in Atlantic Canada: 

  • Newfoundland and Labrador's government site confirmed 23 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, and a total of 46 active cases.  
  • New Brunswick reported seven new travel-related cases, six of them in the Moncton area, for a total of eight active cases. 
  • Nova Scotia had no new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, and the number of active cases fell to 22.

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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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