COVID-19 on P.E.I.: What's happening Friday, Nov. 6

Two new cases of COVID-19 on P.E.I. were announced by the Chief Public Health Office Friday.

2 new cases were announced late Friday afternoon

Some local food markets have seen a boost in business. (Laura Meader/CBC)

Two new cases of COVID-19 on P.E.I. were announced by the Chief Public Health Office Friday: two men, one in his 20s and one in his 50s, who travelled outside Atlantic Canada. 

Charlottetown's psychiatric urgent care clinic closed temporarily on Friday. The clinic is at the Hillsborough Hospital and was created when psychiatric patients were removed from Unit 9 at the QEH during the pandemic's early days. 

The Boys and Girls Club in Summerside has seen a huge increase in demand for Project Backpack, a program that delivers nutritious food, recipes, activities and gift cards to the doorsteps of families in need. 

Right from the start, the pandemic has been driving demand for local food.

There will be no Christmas open houses hosted by the lieutenant-governor this year, or a levee to ring in the new year.

The COVID-19 pandemic forced P.E.I.'s climate change secretariat to delay some new programs in 2020, just as it was gearing up to find ways to meet the P.E.I. government's new emissions targets.

Ron Kierstead says he is seeing the benefits of a provincial virtual care program. (Steve Bruce/CBC)

Until Friday, Prince Edward Island was the only province in Canada with no active cases of COVID-19. There are now two, and 64 considered recovered. There have also been no deaths in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. The Yukon reported its first death Oct. 30.

Also in the news

  • Some businesses on P.E.I. are adapting to current public health measures as planning for staff holiday parties picks up steam and groups look to celebrate in a physically distant manner.
  • The COVID-19 drop-in testing site in O'Leary has changed its hours, now operating Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1 to 4 p.m.
  • The Unit 9 psychiatric ward at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown has reopened after patients were relocated in the spring to make room for potential COVID-19 cases.

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