COVID-19 on P.E.I.: What's happening Tuesday, Oct. 20

The province has one more case of COVID-19, diagnosed in a worker returning to P.E.I., and an umbrella group talks about how small businesses are coping during the pandemic.

1 more COVID-19 case, and a warning to not be fooled by misinformation

RCMP have recently been called twice to the Confederation Bridge checkpoint to deal with suspected drunk drivers. (Laura Meader/CBC)

P.E.I. Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison announced a new case of COVID-19 Tuesday: a woman in her 20s, a "rotational worker" who had travelled outside the Atlantic bubble for work purposes.

Morrison also warned Islanders not to believe everything they see about COVID-19 on social media networks, but to seek out legitmate sources of information. 

Prince Edward Island construction companies are maintaining a brisk pace of work despite the pandemic, but say workers are getting harder to find all the time.

Expansion and capital improvements at three P.E.I. schools will be accelerated due to the federal government's new COVID-19 Resilience Stream infrastructure funding, the province said in a news release.

Staff at the COVID-19 checkpoint in Borden-Carleton have called in the RCMP twice recently to deal with drivers they suspected were impaired.

Some small P.E.I. businesses are weathering the impact of COVID-19 better than others, says Penny Walsh-McGuire, CEO of the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce.

P.E.I.'s chief of mental health and addictions is "profoundly concerned" that the Queen Elizabeth Hospital's psychiatric ward, closed in the spring for COVID-19 patients that never came, has still not reopened.

The financial hit of this season could be "very big," but the Charlottetown Islanders are trying to focus on hockey ahead of their home opener this Friday.

Unit 9 at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital is the psychiatric unit but is currently full of patients with dementia. (CBC News)

The haunted house at Summerside's College of Piping will go ahead for Halloween, but the ghosts will socially distance.

There have been 64 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on P.E.I. Of those, 61 cases are considered recovered. There have been no hospitalizations or deaths, and there is no evidence of community spread.

Also in the news

  • The Council for Recovery and Growth has met about 30 times virtually since it was formed back in May and has received about 1,000 submissions, P.E.I. Premier Dennis King says.
  • Buddhist monks and nuns on P.E.I. are taking extra precautions against COVID-19 by creating their own bubbles on their campuses.
  • P.E.I. entrepreneurs from the francophone community will hold their annual business meetings with Quebec buyers virtually this year due to COVID-19, and many are anxious to see how it will work.

Further resources

More COVID-19 stories from CBC P.E.I.