COVID-19 on P.E.I.: What's happening Monday, Dec. 21

P.E.I.'s COVID-19 vaccination clinic is going smoothly vaccinating 250 to 300 people a day, and a clinical psychologist offered some strategies for dealing with a fear of needles.

P.E.I.'s COVID-19 vaccination clinics are going smoothly, organizers say

Do you get chills just seeing a needle? 20 to 30 per cent of adults have a high level of needle fear, and up to 60 per cent of kids, says pain expert Katie Birnie. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press)

P.E.I.'s COVID-19 vaccination clinic is going smoothly vaccinating 250 to 300 people a day, and by the end of Monday organizers hoped to have 1,200 people vaccinated Karen Ellis, program lead for public health nursing on P.E.I. told CBC News: Compass

Organizers with the volunteer group Santa's Angels say demand for Christmas-morning visits from Santa, complete with presents and food, is up again this year on Prince Edward Island.

In spite of the pandemic, business is booming for Charlottetown Metal Products and the company is having trouble finding qualified workers

The leaky competition pool at Charlottetown's Bell Aliant Centre has been fixed. Early on in the pandemic it was drained for maintenance, but afterward wouldn't hold water until detective work found the leak.

Afraid of needles, including the COVID-19 vaccine? It's more common than people think, says clinical psychologist Katie Birnie, who offered suggestions for coping with needle fear.

And the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League says its 12 Quebec-based teams will resume play next month in Chicoutimi, Drummondville, Rimouski and Shawinigan, and said it hopes its six teams in Atlantic Canada can resume as soon as Jan. 21.

Hockey games are back on, but in some cases, spectators won't be able to attend because of COVID-19 restrictions. (Brittany Spencer/CBC)

On Saturday, P.E.I.'s chief public health officer announced one new case of COVID-19 in the province.  

Dr. Heather Morrison confirmed it is a woman in her 50s who arrived in the province on Air Canada Flight 8302 from Montreal Thursday following travel within Canada, but outside the Atlantic provinces.

The Island has had 91 positive cases, with seven active. There have been no deaths or hospitalizations in the province.

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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.

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