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COVID-19 on P.E.I.: What's happening on Friday, March 20

P.E.I. chief public health officer Dr. Heather Morrison asked passengers on a flight from Toronto to Charlottetown March 11 to self-isolate until March 25. This was during her daily 1:30 p.m. briefing on Friday.

P.E.I.'s second confirmed case of COVID-19 was on Air Canada flight 7564 on March 11

The City of Charlottetown closed its playgrounds Friday. (John Robertson/CBC)

P.E.I. chief public health officer Dr. Heather Morrison asked passengers on a flight from Toronto to Charlottetown March 11 to self-isolate until March 25. This was during her daily 1:30 p.m. briefing on Friday.

P.E.I.'s second confirmed case of COVID-19 was on Air Canada flight 7564, which left Toronto at 9:20 a.m.

Morrison also clarified that children are required to socially distance as well. She said it is important for children to get outside, but warned to stay away from sports such as basketball, where items are touched by everyone. Morrison suggested ball hockey as a good alternative.

In an early evening news conference, the province announced $2 million to support early learning centres, staff and parents.

Island Waste Management is moving to essential services: household pickup of compost, waste and recyclables, and disposal facilities open to businesses and institutions only, and only for compost and waste.

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  • P.E.I. chief public health officer Dr. Heather Morrison asked passengers on a flight from Toronto to Charlottetown March 11 to self-isolate until March 25. P.E.I.'s second confirmed case of COVID-19 was on Air Canada flight 7564, which left Toronto at 9:20 a.m.
  • On Friday the province announced $2 million to further support early learning centres, staff and parents. Minister of Education Brad Trivers said the funding will ensure that families will not have to pay fees while early learning centres are required to be closed. The fund is expected to cover the next six weeks. 
  • While emergency repairs like plumbing and electrical work have been deemed as essential services by the province, the Construction Association of P.E.I. has been told that no new projects should be started for the time being.
  • The College of Physicians and Surgeons of P.E.I. is fast-tracking its licensing process in response to COVID-19.
  • P.E.I. Family Violence Prevention Services is limiting some operations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • P.E.I. fuel prices dive again as COVID-19 lowers demand
  • Charlottetown playgrounds are closed. Coronavirus could spread on the equipment.
  • Premier Dennis King talked to CBC's Island Morning.
  • Stockpiling food and medications could be hurting your fellow Islanders, says a credit counsellor.
  • Liquor and cannabis stores on P.E.I. are closed. This does not apply to private liquor stores, including the Island's breweries. The province is considering another way to provide access to these products.
  • P.E.I. launched an online self assessment for COVID-19 Thursday to alleviate high call volumes to 811.

Financial relief

  • On Friday the province announced $2 million to further support early learning centres, staff and parents. Minister of Education Brad Trivers said the funding will ensure that families will not have to pay fees while early learning centres are required to be closed. The fund is expected to cover the next six weeks. 
  • The province announced $500,000 in relief, including money for United Way, food banks, the Salvation Army and other non-government organizations that help Islanders.
  • Innovation PEI will provide self-employed Islanders $500 a week, and provide loans of up to $100,000 to small business affected by the pandemic.
  • Workers who continue to work but have had their hours cut due to COVID-19 will be eligible for a temporary $200 allowance per week.
  • The province's largest landlord, the P.E.I. Housing Corporation, will suspend evictions for six weeks. 
  • Maritime Electric is suspending disconnection for non-payment for two weeks.
  • P.E.I.'s Minister of Education Brad Trivers announced licensed daycare staff will be eligible for employment insurance. Grants and subsidies will continue for licensed daycares. The province will provide emergency child-care services to essential workers who have no other options. 

Health

  • The College of Physicians and Surgeons of P.E.I. is fast-tracking its licensing process in response to COVID-19.
  • On Thursday evening P.E.I. launched an online self assessment for COVID-19 to alleviate high call volumes to 811.
  • P.E.I. Family Violence Prevention services is concerned social isolation could bring on more domestic violence.
  • Health PEI said Wednesday it will restrict all visitors to its facilities, except palliative care, intensive care, neonatal intensive care, obstetric and pediatric units. In these units, only one designated visitor is permitted — a member of the patient's immediate family or their care partner within the hospital.
  • Seniors' homes and community care facilities across the province remain closed to outside visitors.
  • The P.E.I. government is publishing the number of positive, negative and pending test results on its website. 
  • All dental clinics on P.E.I. are closed until further notice. Some clinics can manage emergency care, patients must first call to have emergencies evaluated.
  • Physiotherapy clinics across P.E.I. will close until further notice, the physiotherapy association announced Wednesday, while chiropractors and optometrists said they are scaling back services.
  • Health PEI is rescheduling non-essential appointments, and said those affected will be contacted directly.
  • People who are ill or showing any symptoms of illness are being asked to call 811 and stay away from any P.E.I. health-care centres, unless they are seeking treatment. 

Schools, colleges and university

  • UPEI and Holland College have essential personnel only on campus.
  • UPEI and Holland College have suspended in-person classes for the remainder of the semester. Holland College revised the date online learning will be available to students to Wednesday, March 25.
  • The government has closed P.E.I. schools until at least April 6, but online learning could begin as soon as March 23.
  • Child-care centres are also closed.

Travel

  • Some Islanders abroad are still having trouble finding a way home.
  • P.E.I. recommended Islanders cancel all non-essential travel outside Canada.
  • Any Islanders who have travelled outside Canada — whether experiencing symptoms or not — are recommended to self-isolate for 14 days following their return if they travelled after March 8.
  • The federal government announced last week there will be a ban on boats and cruise ships carrying more than 500 people from docking at Canadian ports until July.

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.

What should I do if I feel sick?

Isolate yourself and call your local public health authority. Do not visit an emergency room or urgent care centre to get tested.

How can I protect myself?

  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Be aware of evolving travel advisories to different regions.

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

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