COVID-19 on P.E.I.: What's happening Thursday, March 18

The Atlantic premiers have announced that they plan to reopen their provincial borders to each other's residents, barring any serious outbreaks of COVID-19.

Tentative reopening of the Atlantic bubble in April has business owners excited

The Atlantic premiers say the regional travel bubble is expected to reopen 'by April 19, conditional upon COVID-19 case numbers remaining low in the region, containment of outbreaks, and ongoing advice from Atlantic Chief Medical Officers of Health.' (Nicola MacLeod/CBC)

The four Atlantic premiers announced Thursday that they plan to reopen their provincial borders for freer travel by residents of the region "by April 19," barring any further serious outbreaks of COVID-19. The announcement has tourism operators excited.

The P.E.I. government unveiled a tourism action plan for 2021, which includes $1 million in assistance for Charlottetown Airport and $3 million for tourist operators to prepare their businesses after being devastated by COVID-19 restrictions in 2020.

Javan Nsangira, 23, who failed to self-isolate while he had COVID-19 in P.E.I. last summer was sentenced Thursday in P.E.I. Supreme Court to two years of probation.

A professor at the University of Prince Edward Island has developed a method to help curtail plagiarism, which he says has become more problematic after universities were forced to pivot abruptly to online learning and exams during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The pandemic may have halted many St. Patrick's Day events last year, but on Wednesday at a church in Cardigan seniors were celebrating, and the bars were open.

The head of the P.E.I. Seafood Processors Association wants confirmation on who will pay for a three-day quarantine for temporary foreign workers.

A survey of immigrants on P.E.I. found the pandemic is likely to have lasting impacts in that community.

Young people working in grocery stores were added to the list of people eligible for vaccines on P.E.I. Tuesday. (Tony Davis/CBC)

The pandemic left Summerside's Credit Union Place $1.2 million short in revenue.

P.E.I. has had 144 diagnosed cases of COVID-19, with no deaths or hospitalizations. There are four active cases, according to the latest public health update on Tuesday.

Nova Scotia reported three new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday and one death. The province now has 17 active cases.

New Brunswick reported seven new cases Thursday and Newfoundland and Labrador reported one new case, with 34 cases still considered active.

Also in the news

  • Islanders between the ages of 18 and 29 who work at convenience stores, gas stations and grocery stores can now book appointments to get a COVID-19 vaccine, Dr. Heather Morrison, P.E.I.'s chief public health officer, said in her regular weekly COVID-19 update Tuesday.
  • All 10,000 Canada's Food Island $50 gift cards being offered at a 20-per-cent discount have now been sold, only three days after going up for sale across P.E.I. in a bid to encourage local travel, dining and shopping.
  • Maritime universities recorded a slight increase in the number of students during the pandemic, according to a study released Tuesday by the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission.
  • P.E.I.'s jails, partially emptied a year ago in response to the pandemic, have returned to their previous population levels.
  • Four mass vaccination clinics will be starting up across P.E.I. as deliveries of COVID-19 vaccines ramp up in the coming weeks.

These Islanders are currently eligible for a vaccine

  • People over the age of 75.
  • People aged 18 to 29 in the following occupations:
        - Food and beverage service.
        - Food delivery service.
        - Convenience store and gas station attendants.
        - Grocery store clerks.
  • 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.

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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