COVID-19 on P.E.I.: What's happening Tuesday, April 28

P.E.I. has one new confirmed case of COVID-19, Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison announced Tuesday.

New case, a man in 50s self-isolating at home, is related to international travel

Dr. Heather Morrison announced a new confirmed case of COVID-19 on P.E.I. Tuesday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 27. (Ken Linton/CBC)

P.E.I. has one new confirmed case of COVID-19, Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison announced Tuesday.

Morrison said the case is a man in his 50s and is related to international travel. She said he is self-isolating at home.

Morrison said the new case is an important reminder the illness hasn't gone away, and that easing restrictions is not without risk.

She also noted P.E.I. has the second lowest number of cases per capita, with no community spread and that the Island still has no hospitalizations or deaths related to COVID-19.

The province also announced a plan to gradually ease restrictions in the province.

The 2020 Cavendish Beach Music Festival has been cancelled because of COVID-19.

Epidemiologists are advising P.E.I. to keep control of its borders when it begins easing pandemic restrictions.

P.E.I. is currently strictly controlling entry into the province, and that should continue, say a number of experts. (Isabella Zavarise/CBC)

Thrift stores — currently closed — are being overwhelmed with donations.

A kitchen cabinetmaker on P.E.I. is now busy making Plexiglas dividers to help with physical distancing in businesses.

Staying isolated together has made life easier for these two families. (Robert van Waarden)

P.E.I.'s summer camps for kids are waiting to see if they will be allowed to open this summer.

Two small P.E.I. families found forming one household has solved a lot of pandemic isolation challenges. 

UPEI's two summer semesters will be online only this year.

The increased reliance on virtual everything during the pandemic has highlighted the problem of slow internet in rural areas.

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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.

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