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COVID-19 on P.E.I.: What's happening Wednesday, April 1

The government of P.E.I. is heightening COVID-19 screening and enforcement measures at the Confederation Bridge starting Wednesday evening, said Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy Minister Steven Myers.

3 COVID-19 cases considered recovered of 21 confirmed on P.E.I.

Grafton Street is one of the main shopping and pedestrian areas of Charlottetown, but during this COVID-19 crisis it is all but deserted. (Brian McInnis/CBC)

The government of P.E.I. is heightening COVID-19 screening and enforcement measures at the Confederation Bridge starting Wednesday evening, said Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy Minister Steven Myers.

Myers said travellers who are not considered to be essential workers, students returning home, those moving goods, or commuting to the Island under compassionate grounds will be told to turn back. 

"Don't come if it's not essential. You are going to be turned away," he said. 

In addition, a new COVID-19 income support fund has been established to help Islanders experiencing a loss of income ahead of the arrival of other federal benefits. It and will arrive as a one-time lump sum of $750, said Minister of Economic Growth Matthew MacKay.  

Three of the 21 COVID-19 cases confirmed on the Island are considered to be recovered, P.E.I.'s chief public health officer Dr. Heather Morrison announced during her afternoon briefing Wednesday.

On Prince Edward Island, 870 tests have been conducted with 665 returning back negative, she said. All cases are related to international travel. 

Morrison said 62 per cent of the province's cases have been from Queens County and 28 per cent from Prince County. 

The total number of COVID-19 cases on P.E.I. remains at 21. 

P.E.I. political party leaders are discussing the possibility of convening an emergency session of the legislature. The plan would be to have a bare minimum of 10 MLAs attend.

Some of the money donated by the Chinese community has gone to personal protective equipment for nursing home staff. (CBC)

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  • 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 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. 
  • 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

  • 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.

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

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