COVID-19 on P.E.I.: What's happening Tuesday, Jan. 5

Some restrictions being lifted, and MLAs defend their decisions to travel.

P.E.I. will not rejoin Atlantic bubble until at least Jan. 25

With the Atlantic bubble suspended until at least Jan. 25, traffic remains relatively quiet at the Confederation Bridge checkpoint. (Nicola MacLeod/CBC)

With COVID-19 numbers soaring around the world and uncertainty around the movement of people during the Christmas holidays, P.E.I. Premier Dennis King says the Island will not rejoin the Atlantic bubble next week.

The entire province of New Brunswick is back to the orange phase Tuesday after 27 new cases were announced. The province now has 80 active cases.

Nova Scotia reported three new cases, for a total of 19 active cases.

One new case of COVID-19 was reported on P.E.I., bring its total of active cases to four.

P.E.I. is removing some of the pandemic restrictions it put into place in early December, including allowing spectators back at some sporting events.

Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison hopes to have "just over 15,000" people on Prince Edward Island vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of March.

Prince Edward Island long-term care home residents began receiving doses of COVID-19 vaccine on Monday.

P.E.I. MLAs are defending their travel outside the province and country.

If you're looking for winter sports equipment on P.E.I. you may already be too late, as Islanders have been rushing to retailers in search of skis, snowshoes, and winter hiking boots.

Also in the news

  • The number of snowmobilers on P.E.I. could be the highest it's ever been as fewer people head south for the winter due to travel restrictions, says the president of the P.E.I. Snowmobile Association.
  • The Canadian Federation of Independent Business is calling on the federal government to give Canadians a break on increases to Canada Pension Plan contributions this year.
  • With condensed NHL training camps now underway, P.E.I.'s Josh Currie is looking to make quick impression on the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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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