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COVID-19 on P.E.I.: What's happening Saturday, Feb. 6

A resident of another province who flew to P.E.I. on Wednesday has tested positive for COVID-19, and businesses and tourism officials say the cancellation of this year's cruise ship season is not a surprise, but is disappointing.

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As of midday Friday, 707 Islanders aged 80 and up and living outside of care homes had received appointments to get the COVID-19 vaccine. (Steve Bruce/CBC)

There was another case of COVID-19 diagnosed on Prince Edward Island on Friday, but the Island's official count stays at 113 because the man is a resident of another province.

A news release about the case issued Friday also says taxi drivers who picked up passengers from the Charlottetown Airport the night of Feb. 1 should monitor themselves for symptoms.

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The use of face masks has meant that some people on P.E.I. are spending more time and money on how their eyes and eyebrows look

The unemployment rate on Prince Edward Island took a dive in January as fewer people sought work, according to Statistics Canada. Another factor was increased activity after COVID-19 circuit-breaker measures imposed in December were relaxed. 

P.E.I.'s agriculture and seafood processing sectors are hoping new rules for international travellers don't hinder this year's temporary foreign worker program.

Some Islanders changed their wedding plans because of the pandemic. Loreena and Mason MacRae of Charlottetown got hitched in a courthouse ceremony. (Valerie Arsenault)

Thursday was the first day the 5,500 or so Islanders aged 80 and older could start making appointments to get the COVID-19 vaccine, and so many called in that the government issued a plea for patience. The government asked people to call back if the line was busy. As of midday Friday, 707 people had been booked for appointments.

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases reported on P.E.I. is 113, with three active. There have been no deaths or hospitalizations.

New Brunswick reported 12 news cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, and two deaths. There are now 221 active cases in the province.

No new cases were reported in Nova Scotia, bringing its total active cases to seven.

Newfoundland and Labrador reported three new cases Saturday. There are now 17 active cases in that province. 

There will be no large cruise ships in Charlottetown this summer. (Submitted by Don Chandler)

Also in the news

  • Tourism PEI is working on its marketing plan for 2021, but it doesn't know who is going to be allowed to come.
  • P.E.I.'s Tourism Industry Association says it is disappointed but not surprised by the continued ban on cruise ships until February 2022, but says businesses affected will need continued government support.
  • For the first time since last March, Culinary Institute of Canada's dining room in Charlottetown is again open to the public.
  • Summerside's Boys and Girls Club is changing its anti-bullying campaign, selling face masks instead of pink shirts.
  • The pandemic has meant a stressful year for the owner of Linda's Coffee Shop in downtown Charlottetown, but he says his financial worries are over following a $2-million Atlantic Lotto win.
  • The student union at UPEI is calling on the province to bring back its moratorium on student loan payments, as financial implications of the pandemic drag on. 

Further resources

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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Corrections

  • An earlier version of this story said two new cases Monday brought the total since March 2020 to 113. The case total as of Feb. 1 was actually 112.
    Feb 03, 2021 4:02 PM AT

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