COVID-19 on P.E.I.: What's happening Saturday, May 16
Visitor restrictions relax for palliative care
More restrictions have been eased on P.E.I. this weekend.
The province's palliative-care facilities will be increasing the number of designated visitors allowed for compassionate reasons.
Beginning Saturday, up to two visitors per patient will be permitted in palliative care, intensive care, neonatal intensive care, obstetrics and pediatric care. Restrictions at long-term care facilities will remain in place for now.
The tennis courts at Victoria Park in Charlottetown have reopened.
There will be five courts opened for unorganized recreational singles play. Physical distancing of two metres must be maintained, and no sharing of equipment is permitted between different households.
Pride P.E.I. is planning to have a celebration during Pride Week in July, whether it is all online or a combination of online and live events. On Sunday, Pride P.E.I. is asking Islanders to display a rainbow in recognition of International Day against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia.
UPEI will adopt a "blended framework" for the fall semester that includes online instruction for some programs and in-person, on-campus instruction for others.
The newcomers association on P.E.I. is rolling out a social media campaign next week to combat some racist comments that have been circulating since the pandemic began.
P.E.I.'s oldest businesses have been through tough times before, including wars and economic downturns — but they say it's nothing like the COVID-19 pandemic.
P.E.I. has had no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the past 17 days. All 27 previous cases have recovered.
Also in the news
- The spring lobster season is officially underway after a two-week delay.
- With tourism entirely shut down, and no clear idea when it will open, some short-term rental operators are offering up their units for long-term rentals.
- Up 3,300 licensed child-care spaces are expected to open starting May 22
- The province is planning for what Phase 3 could look at for seasonal residents and cottagers on P.E.I.
- P.E.I. Cannabis stores will reopen next week, and liquor stores that are still closed will follow a few days later.
- P.E.I.'s plan to launch Phase 3 of its ease-back plan will be expedited to an expected start of June 1 from June 12. Phase 3 will include the reopening of things like esthetic services, indoor and outdoor dining and campgrounds.
- Here is information for living with the COVID-19 pandemic on P.E.I. — including information on government relief programs, physical distancing measures, and essential health services.
- Here are charts tracking COVID-19 numbers and a timeline of COVID-19-related events on P.E.I.
COVID-19: What you need to know
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Common symptoms include:
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.