COVID-19 on P.E.I.: What's happening Friday, June 4
2 cases of COVID-19 announced Thursday
COVID-19 is part of the reason housing board appointments have been delayed, says Sonya Cobb, the director of housing services with the province.
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.
Prince Edward Island's Chief Public Health Office reported two new cases of COVID-19 in the province Thursday. Both people, one in their 20s and one between the age of 10 and 19 recently travelled outside Atlantic Canada.
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.
Cohorts may remain in place for Prince Edward Island students younger than 12 when they return to school classrooms in the fall of 2021, Health PEI told CBC 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.
Car rental companies on P.E.I. have seen drops in business of more than 70 per cent during the pandemic.
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 15 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday for a total of 251 active cases.
Newfoundland and Labrador confirmed two new cases of COVID-19 as the number of active cases fell by 10 to 80.
New Brunswick has 10 new cases, and 147 active cases.
Also in the news
- The Charlottetown Airport Authority says P.E.I.'s reopening plans are having a negative impact on the number of flights being scheduled for at least the early part of the summer.
- 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 a Moderna vaccine at a pharmacy.
You can find more information about how to get a vaccine here.
- 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.