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COVID-19 on P.E.I.: What's happening Monday, April 6

Eight of the 22 COVID-19 cases on P.E.I. are considered recovered, said Dr. Heather Morrison, P.E.I.'s chief public health officer, during her Monday afternoon news briefing.

8 of 22 of COVID-19 cases on P.E.I. considered recovered

Delivery and curbside pickup are becoming the new way to do business on P.E.I. (Brian McInnis/CBC)

Eight of the 22 COVID-19 cases on P.E.I. are considered recovered, said Dr. Heather Morrison, P.E.I.'s chief public health officer, during her Monday afternoon news briefing.

"It is not a signal to stop or slow down our public health measures and the worst of this is not over," she said.

So far, 1,300 P.E.I. tests have been conducted and nearly 1,000 of those have returned negative.

Morrison said she is expecting testing kits to be available Tuesday at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown, so tests can be performed locally. 

Some P.E.I. landlords are concerned rent being deferred during the COVID-19 pandemic will never be paid.

Delivery of goods and services on P.E.I. has seen an enormous expansion.

A company in eastern P.E.I. has switched its production to make protective face shields for health-care workers, and UPEI's school of sustainable design engineering is looking at producing other kinds of personal protective equipment.

School resumes Monday for P.E.I. students, but the school buildings will remain closed. Students will be learning from home using online tools and other resources.

There are 22 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on P.E.I. Six are considered recovered, Morrison said in her briefing Saturday. P.E.I. received 169 negative tests since Friday, but Morrison urged Islanders to remain vigilant because she said the pandemic is far from over.

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​​​Financial relief

  • P.E.I. increased the emergency contingency fund from $25 million to $40 million for Island families, workers and businesses struggling financially because of COVID-19.
  • P.E.I. announced a $1 million COVID-19 Special Situation Fund for those who did not qualify for any other provincial or federal support programs.
  • IRAC has suspended rental hearings indefinitely in response to the pandemic.
  • Ottawa has agreed not to claw back money provided under the employment insurance program, and some Islanders not currently eligible for EI will be able to get it, says Premier Dennis King.
  • The Charlottetown water and sewer utility is offering options for flexible payments to people suffering financial difficulties during COVID-19.
  • The province announced $2 million to support early learning centres, staff and parents. The funding will ensure families won't have to pay fees while the centres are closed. The fund is expected to cover the next six weeks, starting March 20. 
  • The province announced $500,000 in relief, including money for United Way, food banks, the Salvation Army and other helping organizations.
  • Innovation PEI is providing self-employed Islanders $500 a week.
  • Small businesses affected are eligible for loans of up to $100,000.
  • Workers who continue to work but on reduced hours due to COVID-19 are eligible for a temporary $200 allowance per week. 
  • Maritime Electric has suspended disconnection for non-payment for two weeks. It began March 17.

Health

  • Health PEI's chief of nursing Marion Dowling who confirmed that the province will be receiving an additional 26 ventilators through the National Emergency Strategic Stockpile.
  • The P.E.I. government says more mental health and addictions services are coming. Mental health and addictions support is moving from in-person to virtual connections.
  • Emergency mini-clinic to monitor coughs and fever, funded by the federal government, have been set up.
  • The P.E.I. government has created an Islanders Helping Islanders volunteer directory on its website for anyone looking for help during the pandemic. 
  • Blood donation is still needed in the COVID-19 pandemic. Canadian Blood Services' location at 85 Fitzroy St. in Charlottetown has the goal of collecting 32 units a day.
  • P.E.I. has launched an online self-assessment for COVID-19 to alleviate high call volumes to 811.
  • Seniors homes and community care facilities across the province remain closed to outside visitors.
  • 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.
  • Health PEI is rescheduling non-essential appointments, and said those affected will be contacted directly.

Education

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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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