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COVID-19 on P.E.I.: What's happening Monday, March 30

Chief public health officer Dr. Heather Morrison will be joined by Health PEI’s chief of nursing Marion Dowling for the regular 1:30 p.m. briefing Monday.

7 new COVID-19 cases confirmed, P.E.I. now has 18 confirmed cases

The City of Charlottetown will close a lane to traffic in Victoria Park one month early this year to make room for physical distancing for people walking and running. (Brian McInnis/CBC)

P.E.I. Premier Dennis King made his first in-person appearance at a briefing on Monday following a period of self-isolation. 

He warned Islanders of heavy fines should they continue to ignore the chief public health officer's directions on self-isolation. 

Minister of Economic Growth Matthew MacKay announced a new commercial lease rent deferral program to encourage Islanders to defer rent payments from commercial tenants for 3 months.

Minister of Social Development and Housing Ernie Hudson said a moratorium on evictions previously announced by the P.E.I. Housing Corporation will now be extended to the end of June.

One of Canada's largest landlords has suspended rent increases in Charlottetown. CAPREIT manages about 1,000 apartments on P.E.I.

Seven new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed on P.E.I. bringing the total to 18, chief public health officer Dr. Heather Morrison said at Monday's afternoon briefing.

The new cases are people in their 20s to their 70s. All the new cases are related to travel.

One of the 18 cases is considered to be recovered, she said. 

Morrison was joined by 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. She said another order for 12 ventilators is expected to arrive in late spring. 

Both orders are separate from the 15 ventilators already requested through the federal government.

Some rural grocery stores are reporting summer-like volumes of business. They believe local residents are wanting to shop closer to home during the pandemic.

One shop has gone back to offering home delivery, which it has not done in decades.

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, starting with a telephone service and moving soon to video conferencing.

Veterans Affairs has postponed a trip to commemorate the liberation of Holland. That was scheduled for May.

Recent stories

  • P.E.I. Premier Dennis King begged Islanders to follow Dr. Heather Morrison's COVID-19 directions and warned of strict enforcement
  • In Monday afternoon's briefing, Dr. Heather Morrison announced seven new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total cases on P.E.I. to 18
  • Doctors in Charlottetown can now refer patients with coughs or fever to special clinics for assessment. Doctors in Summerside will be able to do the same beginning Monday. Islanders without a doctor can call 811 for referral. 
  • Some short-term rental operators on P.E.I. are offering their units to first responders and health-care professionals who may need to self-isolate during COVID-19.
  • Island internet companies are dealing with increased demand on their networks.
  • A full list of COVID-19 cancellations can be viewed here. You can report closures on our cancellation hotline at 1-877-236-9350.

​​​Financial relief

  • IRAC suspended rental hearings until April 6 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. 
  • The province's largest landlord, the P.E.I. Housing Corporation, suspended evictions for six weeks as of March 17. 
  • Maritime Electric has suspended disconnection for non-payment for two weeks. It began March 17.

Health

  • An emergency mini-clinic to monitor coughs and fever, funded by the federal government, has been set up on P.E.I. as of March 28.

  • 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

Travel

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.

Corrections

  • In a previous version of this story, we identified Steven Myers and the minister responsible for the P.E.I. Liquor Control Commission. IN fact, he spoke Tuesday in his capacity as chair of the Government Operations Special Cabinet Committee.
    Mar 25, 2020 11:44 AM AT

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