COVID-19 on P.E.I.: What's happening Friday, April 17

No new COVID-19 cases for P.E.I. Friday, Northumberland Ferries has delayed the start of their season and the P.E.I. Fishermen's Association is taking a vote on whether or not to delay the spring lobster season.

State of emergency came into effect 8 a.m. Friday

Catholic nun Sister Debbie Peters put this sign on her lawn in Charlottetown offering thanks to many, from cashiers to pharmacists to musicians. (Sister Debbie Peters)

There were no new cases of COVID-19 announced on Friday, and 118 negative test results have come back since Thursday's briefing.

Northumberland Ferries has delayed the start of its season until at least June 1. 

The Prince Edward Island Fishermen's Association is taking a vote among its members on whether to delay the opening of lobster season to either May 6 or May 13. 

P.E.I. Premier Dennis King says lobster fishermen are being asked to make an impossible choice and Ottawa needs to step up and support them.

Official Opposition leader Peter Bevan-Baker is calling for a higher degree of oversight after the government declared a state of emergency in response to COVID-19 Thursday.

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COVID-19: What you need to know

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Common symptoms include:

  • Fever.
  • Cough.
  • Tiredness.

But more serious symptoms can develop, including difficulty breathing and pneumonia, which can lead to death.

Health Canada has built a self-assessment tool.

What should I do if I feel sick?

Isolate yourself and call 811. Do not visit an emergency room or urgent care centre to get tested. A health professional at 811 will give you advice and instructions.

How can I protect myself?

  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Clean regularly touched surfaces regularly.
  • Practise physical distancing.

More detailed information on the outbreak is available on the federal government's website.

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