COVID-19 on P.E.I.: What's happening Thursday, May 13
Reopening plan for P.E.I. coming next week, premier says
A daycare in Charlottetown has been shut down following a positive test for COVID-19, and all the connected families are self-isolating.
The chief public health officer says everyone involved is being tested Thursday, and she hopes to have results back on those tests in the evening or early Friday morning.
P.E.I. is probably easing back on its use of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, Premier Dennis King said in the legislature Wednesday.
Buddhist monks on P.E.I. are trying to find a way, working within public health rules, to open up their tulip fields for viewing this year.
P.E.I. continued to be a leader among the provinces in population growth during the pandemic, but not at the pace it was previously.
Islanders should learn more next week about the province's plans to reopen following the latest public health measures. The premier provided a few hints at what that plan may include during a meeting with business leaders in Charlottetown Wednesday.
The COVID-19 pandemic has made for a difficult 14 months for travel agents, but two on P.E.I. say they feel the industry is showing signs of life again.
Some women's wellness programs have been closed until further notice, and the Green Party says the pandemic is no excuse for reducing these services.
Dry cleaners on P.E.I. have seen a big drop in business during the pandemic.
P.E.I. has seven active cases of COVID-19. There have been 188 positive cases in total over the past 14 months, with two hospitalizations and no deaths.
Elsewhere in the Atlantic region:
- Nova Scotia is reporting 110 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday and 1,572 active cases.
- Newfoundland and Labrador confirmed seven new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 82 active cases.
- New Brunswick has 16 new cases, seven inside the province and two outside involving New Brunswickers. There are 127 active cases.
Also in the news
- Summerside's Kyle Baillie is hoping to get his second crack at playing in the Rugby World Cup, and is facing the challenge of professional league play during the pandemic.
- A Charlottetown man was fined $2,500 in court on Monday for hosting a large gathering, with the judge saying his communal living defence was no excuse for breaking public health guidelines.
- Charlottetown police also issued $1,000 tickets to seven people in the early hours of Sunday morning, in connection with a gathering they say exceeded COVID-19 pandemic public health guidelines.
- Here are some of the measures Elections P.E.I. has put in place to ensure people are safe while voting in Cornwall's byelection.
These Islanders are currently eligible for a vaccine
- People over 16.
- Islanders over 50 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.