PEI

No new cases of COVID-19 on P.E.I.

P.E.I. has no new cases of COVID-19 for the third straight day, chief public health officer Dr. Heather Morrison said in her briefing on Saturday.

P.E.I.'s number of confirmed cases remains at 25

Dr. Heather Morrison thanked Islanders for their efforts to prevent COVID-19 so far, as she announced no new cases of the coronavirus in the province in the last three days. (Ken Linton/CBC)

P.E.I. has no new cases of COVID-19 for the third straight day, chief public health officer Dr. Heather Morrison said in her briefing on Saturday.

P.E.I.'s number of confirmed cases remains at 25. None of those people has required hospitalization, and 17 are considered to be recovered. 

Almost 1,800 tests have been completed for P.E.I. More negative tests have come back since Thursday, Morrison said. However she said she expects more positive cases for P.E.I. as well as hospitalizations. A further update is expected Monday.

In Canada, there have been 22,559 positive cases and 621 deaths.

Morrison urged Islanders to "stay the course" over the Easter weekend and continue to practise physical distancing. She said now is not the time to lighten restrictions, though P.E.I. and other provinces are beginning to think about when that might happen.

Morrison said parks will be monitored to ensure people are practising physical distancing. 

Marion Dowling, P.E.I.'s chief of nursing, said the cough and fever clinics remain up and running. She said on Friday, 69 people were seen in Charlottetown and 30 in Summerside.

Dowling said at least 10 ventilators are being prepared to be shipped from the National Emergency Strategic Stockpile and are expected to arrive soon.

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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About the Author

Shane Ross is a former newspaper and TV journalist in Halifax, Ottawa and Charlottetown. He joined CBC P.E.I.'s web team in 2016.

With files from Sam Juric, Sara Fraser and Jessica Doria-Brown

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