COVID-19 on P.E.I.: What's happening Friday, Dec. 11

No new cases of COVID-19 were announced Friday, marking four days in a row of no positive COVID-19 cases on P.E.I

COVID-19 immunization to start Wednesday, testing now focusing on those symptomatic in 20-29 age range

There have been no positive results among the 2,344 tests processed for the 20-29 age group by late Thursday, says Chief Public Health Officer Heather Morrison. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press)

No new cases of COVID-19 were announced Friday, marking four days in a row of no positive COVID-19 cases on P.E.I.

In an unscheduled briefing Friday, Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison and Premier Dennis King said it is possible the so-called circuit breaker measures could be slowly eased earlier than Dec. 21.

Morrison also said she is anticipating a vaccine to arrive soon, and the first high-priority groups could be immunized by Wednesday.

Morrison made a change Thursday in who should get tested for COVID-19 due to the high number of people who have been swabbed through the week. You no longer have to seek an immediate COVID-19 test if you're in your 20s living in the Charlottetown, Stratford and Cornwall area — unless you are experiencing symptoms. 

A P.E.I. woman has been asked to repay $18,500 in CERB benefits by the end of the year, after being told she didn't qualify for the benefit after all. 

Morrison says the first doses of  COVID-19 vaccine could arrive on P.E.I. as early as next week. (Frank Augstein/Pool photo/The Associated Press)

The province said for about 380 tests at UPEI on Thursday, it used a new kind of rapid test that can give results in 15 minutes.

Premier Dennis King said Ottawa has agreed to pick up the full costs of the COVID-19 vaccine, which he called a win for the provinces.

The owner of a tuna processing company in North Lake is lending the province two lab-approved freezers to help store COVID-19 vaccines.

Curling is among the sports affected by P.E.I. circuit breaker measures. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press/File)

The Charlottetown Farmers' Market will be open during its regular hours Saturday, but a maximum of 50 patrons will be allowed inside at a time.

Island food banks are in need of donations ahead of the holiday season. Organizers say COVID-19 could be playing a role in turkey donations coming in slower than usual this year.

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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 look at how coronavirus is spreading across Canada.

Reminder about symptoms

The symptoms of COVID-19 can include:

  • Fever.
  • Cough or worsening of a previous cough.
  • Possible loss of taste and/or smell.
  • Sore throat.
  • New or worsening fatigue.
  • Headache.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Runny nose.