COVID-19 on P.E.I.: What's happening Tuesday, March 30
3 new COVID-19 cases on P.E.I., and province's AstraZeneca vaccine program suspension
P.E.I.'s Chief Public Health Officer confirms three new COVID-19 cases for a 13-month total of 159.
Dr. Heather Morrison also said there are no current plans to let young Islanders apply for other kinds of vaccine appointments now that the province's AstraZeneca vaccine delivery program has been halted over blood clot concerns.
People from the other Atlantic provinces will again have to complete a declaration form before travelling to P.E.I. once the Atlantic bubble is back in place, Morrison told the briefing. It's not known what paperwork if any will be required for Islanders going the other way after April 19.
With a restaurant dining discount program proving to be very popular, the province has increased funding for it.
The pandemic has been an isolating time. A class at UPEI found some comfort is sharing stories about that isolation.
P.E.I.'s Chief Public Health Officer is urging Islanders to continue being eager and enthusiastic about receiving a COVID-19 vaccine despite a decision to halt all use of the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine in the province.
Canada's vaccine advisory committee is recommending immediately suspending the use of the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine in Canadians under 55 following reports of rare but potentially fatal blood clots in Europe that appear to be connected to the shot.
Holland College is planning to go ahead with in-person graduations this year despite COVID-19 — but it will have a lingering effect.
A U.S. couple who consider P.E.I. home is desperate for guidance on border rules.
P.E.I. did not report any new cases of COVID-19 Monday.
The Island has had 156 diagnosed cases of COVID-19, with no deaths or hospitalizations. There are 12 active cases on the Island.
Throughout the Atlantic region:
- Nova Scotia reported reported no new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, for a total of 24 active cases.
- New Brunswick reported 11 new cases of COVID-19 Monday, for a total of 120 active cases.
- Newfoundland and Labrador reported no new cases on Monday and has two active cases of COVID-19.
Also in the news
- P.E.I.'s first mass COVID-19 vaccination clinics opened Monday.
- A QMJHL hockey game between Charlottetown and Cape Breton was cancelled Sunday, with some of the Cape Breton players suffering flu-like symptoms.
- Dyeing skeins of yarn has brought joy to Amanda Moore during the pandemic, and she's sharing her creations through her new enterprise, Red Island Fibre.
These Islanders are currently eligible for a vaccine
- People over 70.
- People aged 65 to 69 with birthdays January to June.
- 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.
- 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.