COVID-19 on P.E.I.: What's happening Friday, April 24

There are no new positive cases of COVID-19 to report, says P.E.I.’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison in an afternoon briefing Friday.

No new cases of COVID-19, Dr. Heather Morrison says

On Friday Dr. Heather Morrison, P.E.I.'s chief public health officer, said 98 tests came back negative leaving the total number of confirmed cases at 26. (Ken Linton/CBC)

There are no new positive cases of COVID-19 to report, says P.E.I.'s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison in an afternoon briefing Friday.

Morrison said the province has received 98 more negative test results as of Thursday. 

She said of the Island's 26 cases of COVID-19, 24 are considered recovered. The last time a new case was announced was April 15.

Currently, she said there are 1,714 people self-isolating on Prince Edward Island, with more than 1,000 people who have completed their self-isolation period.

Morrison reiterated how important staying diligent is even as the number of cases remains low on P.E.I. and assured Islanders, "We are working very hard on a cautious plan for reopening P.E.I. together."

She cautioned that gatherings with people outside of your household is still not permitted at this time, even as the province hopes to begin easing restrictions in May.

P.E.I.'s emergency responders paid tribute to Const. Heidi Stevenson with parades in Summerside and Charlottetown.

P.E.I.'s Official Opposition is taking its hardest line yet calling for the provincial legislature to sit, saying it's "essential" to allow government to pass necessary changes in legislation and provide "real-time oversight."

The Charlottetown Festival is cancelled for 2020. Physical distancing makes not only audiences, but rehearsing impossible.

Premier Dennis King talks about what he hopes can be salvaged of the tourist season.

Minister of Finance Darlene Compton said there is "little doubt" P.E.I. will run a deficit for the 2020-21 fiscal year.

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Further resources

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.

More COVID-19 stories from CBC P.E.I.

With files from Sam Juric