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COVID-19 on P.E.I.: What's happening Tuesday, April 7

No new cases of COVID-19 have been identified Tuesday, making it the fifth day in a row the province hasn't seen an increase in its case numbers. The number of COVID-19 cases remains at 22.

P.E.I. continues to wait for more than 450 COVID-19 test results

Schools and school playgrounds remain closed. (Shane Hennessey/CBC)

No new cases of COVID-19 have been identified Tuesday, making it the fifth day in a row the province hasn't seen an increase in its case numbers. The number of COVID-19 cases remains at 22.

P.E.I. Premier Dennis King said the province continues to wait on test results to return from the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg.

With no new cases announced over the last several days and more than 450 test results yet to return, King expressed concern.

"We feel that this may be luring Islanders into a false sense of belief that we have flattened the curve so to speak. And we haven't."

As the fishing season approaches, Minister of Fisheries and Communities Jamie Fox said his office continues to receive calls from fishermen, producers, processors and growers.

King said that while he doesn't yet know what it will look like, the province is currently operating under "the optimism that there will be a spring fishing season." 

Some Prince Edward Islanders are finding it impossible to get through to Service Canada to apply for employment insurance.

Egmont MP Bobby Morrissey wants to see local Service Canada staff on the phones to ease the strain on national lines.

A local dairy believes milk production will have to be cut due to a 30 per cent drop in demand caused by the closure of food service businesses.

The P.E.I. Humane Society has just one animal left for adoption.

P.E.I.-based Veseys Seeds, which sells gardening supplies internationally, is selling four to five times more vegetable seeds than normal, and other P.E.I. garden shops are seeing similar demand. People want to grow their own vegetables in the pandemic, they say.

P.E.I.'s aerospace industry is busier than ever, but long-term concerns about the future of the aerospace industry remain.

Service Canada could be doing better, says MP Bobby Morrissey. (CBC)

Health PEI will begin offering virtual care appointments this week.

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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.

More COVID-19 stories from CBC P.E.I.

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