COVID-19 on P.E.I.: What's happening Tuesday, April 14

A P.E.I. MP hopes seasonal workers will see emergency benefits soon, and restaurants say allowing liquor deliveries is helping them stay open.

Only 2 active cases of COVID-19 on P.E.I.

Seasonal workers play a big role in the P.E.I. economy — in hospitality, in health care — and have not been included in CERB. (Steve Bruce/CBC)

In her Tuesday briefing, chief public health officer Dr. Heather Morrison said critical care beds on the Island would likely be full by June if P.E.I. had not implemented strong control measures on March 14.

Morrison was joined by Premier Dennis King to present the province's modelling projections for COVID-19. 

With milder control measures, the model shows 14,000 hospitalizations and 900 deaths by June 1. Under stricter controls, such as the ones P.E.I. implemented, the model shows 120 hospitalizations and nine deaths by the same date.

Malpeque MP Wayne Easter is hopeful that seasonal workers will soon be included the Canada Emergency Response Benefit.

An Island wholesaler is desperate for information about when the tourist season might start. July and August are the busiest months for P.E.I. retailers.

Some P.E.I. restaurants are saying liquor delivery, which started on the weekend, is not only helping them stay afloat but even hire back staff.

P.E.I. is considering how to step up screening of people arriving in the province, including more stringent essential travel rules.

P.E.I. has no new cases of COVID-19, chief public health officer Dr. Heather Morrison said during her daily briefing Monday. 

The total number of cases on P.E.I. remains at 25, and 23 of those are considered recovered.

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Further resources

  • 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 is a timeline of COVID-19-related events on P.E.I.
  • A full list of COVID-19 cancellations can be viewed here. You can report closures on our cancellation hotline at 1-877-236-9350.

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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