COVID-19 on P.E.I.: What's happening Friday, Jan. 15

A special facility to treat those in psychiatric emergencies in Charlottetown won't be reopening, despite earlier assurances from the health minister that the closure was temporary.

Psychiatric urgent care clinic in Charlottetown won't be reopening

Restrictions for travel within Atlantic Canada will remain in place for at least two more weeks. (Nicola MacLeod/CBC)

A special facility to treat those in psychiatric emergencies in that opened in Charlottetown during the pandemic won't be reopening, despite earlier assurances from the health minister that the closure was temporary.

The pandemic is having a big impact on fundraising efforts for the 2023 Canada Games in P.E.I.

The new head of the P.E.I. Nurses Union, Barbara Brookins, says there is a continuing and ongoing concern over a shortage of nurses on the Island.

Student well-being teams in Prince Edward Island's schools are seeing an increase in referrals for help, perhaps in part because of the pandemic. 

The final audited statements for P.E.I. Premier Dennis King's first year in government are in, and they contain a rare bit of budgetary good news. The government believed its planned surplus would be erased by the few weeks of pandemic that fell into the fiscal year, but statements released Friday show P.E.I. ended up with a $22-million surplus.

The pandemic has cut into volunteer numbers, and the Canadian Red Cross on P.E.I. is looking for volunteers to help out both on the Island and across the country.

P.E.I. did not see a spike in cases as a result of holiday gatherings, said Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison in an interview with CBC News: Compass, but Morrison said she is concerned about rising case numbers in neighbouring New Brunswick.

P.E.I. will not look at an Atlantic bubble again for at least two weeks.

There was one new case of COVID-19 in the province Thursday, a man in his 50s who returned from travel outside Atlantic Canada.

Atlantic Lotto launched an online casino for New Brunswick residents in August, and now it is coming to P.E.I. (CBC)

Allowing Islanders access to government-sanctioned high-limit online betting, especially during a pandemic, is a bad idea, says Liberal Finance critic Heath MacDonald. He's referring to a new online casino planned for P.E.I. by Atlantic Lotto.

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases reported on P.E.I. is 104, with eight still active. There have been no deaths or hospitalizations.

Also in the news

  • The 55-Plus Winter Games scheduled for February in Cornwall have been cancelled
  • program that helps people seeking employment is addressing new challenges faced by Islanders seeking work during the pandemic.
  • With the people they advocate for facing added risks from COVID-19, the P.E.I. Lung Association has started a new online virtual support group for those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
  • Nurses and pharmacists on P.E.I. are confident they can quickly deliver the COVID-19 vaccines when they are called upon.
  • After motoring through the pandemic in 2020, there are strong signs the P.E.I. construction industry is looking ahead to another good year.

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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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