COVID-19 on P.E.I.: What's happening Thursday, March 25

There's another COVID-19 case on the Island, and the Charlottetown Festival still hasn't decided whether to offer Anne of Green Gables: The Musical this summer.

New case brings P.E.I. count to 9 active COVID-19 cases, and a smaller Charlottetown Festival

Malpeque MP Wayne Easter said Thursday it is time for officials to come up with and share a plan to reopen the Canada-U.S. border. (Rob Gurdebeke/The Canadian Press)

Another case of COVID-19 was confirmed on P.E.I. Thursday — a woman in her 30s who is a close contact of a previously identified case, and who has been isolating since hearing she could have been exposed.

There's still no decision on whether Anne of Green Gables: The Musical will return this summer, as the Charlottetown Festival plans for a smaller offering of shows. The mainstage will be open but the capacity will be only 300 at this point. 

In other performance news, the COVID-19 pandemic means a no-go for P.E.I.'s Festival of Small Halls for the second year in a row — at least, the version we've known so far. 

In a question and answer session with P.E.I. festival and event organizers Thursday, Premier Dennis King promised P.E.I. festivals and events that need financial help will get it, on a case-by-case basis. Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison also clarified what she means when she says large-scale gatherings will not be allowed this summer.

Malpeque MP Wayne Easter said it's time to come up with a plan to reopen the Canada-U.S. border.

Potato growers are feeling more comfortable with the changes in the market brought about by the pandemic. (Shane Hennessey/CBC)

The P.E.I. potato industry is looking ahead at another season of selling into a market disrupted by the pandemic.

The tourism industry is disappointed but not surprised there will be no large gatherings allowed this summer.

Prince Edward Island opened up COVID-19 vaccinations to anyone 18 to 29 years old who works with the public but some people are discovering the shots are tricky to come by. 

WestJet says it intends to resume flying to several Eastern Canada destinations in late June. The Charlottetown-Toronto flights are expected back on June 24 after a hiatus of several months due to COVID-19.

WestJet plans to be back serving Charlottetown this summer. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)

The ferry service between Wood Islands, P.E.I., and Caribou, N.S., resumes May 1 and officials are hoping for an increase in passengers over last year.

Six games in the Maritime Junior Hockey League have had to be postponed, after one of the Summerside Western Capitals was reported to be among recent COVID-19 cases. The team made the announcement Wednesday.

You no longer need a P.E.I. health card to get a vaccine on the island. (Travis Kingdon/CBC)

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The QEH Foundation is offering an online 50-50 draw this spring to make up for a drop in traditional community fundraising because of pandemic public health restrictions. 

P.E.I. has had 153 diagnosed cases of COVID-19 in the past 12 and a half months, with no deaths or hospitalizations. There are now nine active cases, after Thursday's new case.

Elsewhere in the Atlantic region on Thursday: 

  • New Brunswick reported 30 new cases of COVID-19, with 24 of those in the Edmundston zone where mass testing is underway.
  • Nova Scotia confirmed three new cases, two of them related to travel outside Atlantic Canada and the third a close contact of a previously reported case.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador reported no new cases and is down to a single active case of COVID-19 for the first time in six months.

Also in the news

  • What will the summer tourism season look like? More Atlantic than usual, Morrison said Tuesday. On Wednesday, the Tourism Industry Association of P.E.I. said it was disappointed but not surprised
  • Prince Edward Island hotels that were open last week experienced a nice bump from March break staycationers, says the president of the Hotel Association of P.E.I. 
  • The P.E.I. government says the number of businesses and not-for-profits that applied to be part of the province's Jobs for Youth wage subsidy program in 2020 was double that of previous years.

These Islanders are currently eligible for a vaccine

  • People over 75.
  • People 70 to 74, with birthdays from January to August.
  • People 60-69 with certain specific serious underlying health conditions and their primary caregivers.
  • People 18 to 29 who cannot work virtually and have interactions with the public.
  • 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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