COVID-19 on P.E.I.: What's happening Saturday, Dec. 19
1 new case of COVID-19 announced, no public exposure locations
P.E.I.'s chief public health officer announced one new case of COVID-19 on P.E.I. Saturday.
Dr. Heather Morrison confirmed that the individual who tested positive is a woman in her 50s who arrived in the province Thursday following travel within Canada but outside the Atlantic provinces.
The woman is in self-isolation and Public Health is following up with her daily.
There are no public exposure locations in P.E.I. related to this case. The woman arrived on Air Canada Flight 8302 from Montreal to Charlottetown.
Anyone who travelled on this flight should monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. If a person develops symptoms they should immediately visit one of P.E.I.'s drop-in testing clinics.
Christmas is less than a week away, and some Islanders are changing plans for Christmas dinner because of the restrictions on gatherings.
Larger gatherings can now be held at places of worship, and hockey games can go ahead, though in some cases, there will be no spectators for those games.
Health PEI outlined how it is easing restrictions for visiting in hospitals and health-care centres Friday.
Some Island businesses are celebrating the restrictions lifting early, while others say their window of opportunity has closed.
The Island has had 91 positive cases, with seven active. There have been no deaths or hospitalizations in the province.
Also in the news
- The province announced Friday that liquor deliveries allowed during the pandemic will now be permanent, with changes to liquor regulations.
- P.E.I. retail sales have largely recovered from a dip caused by the pandemic, October sales figures released Friday by Statistics Canada suggest.
- Gas prices, which have been closely tied to the pandemic, rose again Friday to just below the pandemic high of $1.03 per litre on Aug. 28.
- Because she is unable to hold an open house on Christmas Day this year, a bookstore owner in Summerside is giving away free books instead.
- Some P.E.I. students are learning to sing using sign language to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- P.E.I. grew its population slightly this year, coming in second in Canada in percentage growth.
- Frosty Treat dairy bar owner Warren Ellis is giving away roast turkey dinners for a week to help Islanders affected by the pandemic.
- 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:
- Cough or worsening of a previous cough.
- Possible loss of taste and/or smell.
- Sore throat.
- New or worsening fatigue.
- Shortness of breath.
- Runny nose.