COVID-19 on P.E.I.: What's happening the week of May 22

Masks rules are dropped in schools, and a busy long weekend is seen as the herald of a good tourism season.

Businesses already seeing the return of tourists

It was a busy long weekend for many Island businesses. (Laura Meader/CBC News)

No COVID-related deaths were reported on P.E.I. over the last seven days, according to data provided Tuesday by Health P.E.I. The average number of cases fell to 65 per day, down from 113 the week before.

Masks are no longer mandatory in schools and at early learning centres.

Some businesses were busier than expected during the long weekend, and they're calling it a good sign for the upcoming tourism season.

The health-care system is seeing more no-shows for diagnostic imaging appointments, and believe fear about going to the hospital during the pandemic may be part of that.

Elsewhere in Atlantic Canada

Newfoundland and Labrador, has dropped its mandatory vaccination rules for employees in the public service.

On Thursday, Nova Scotia reported 13 deaths in the previous week.

On Tuesday New Brunswick, reported five more deaths, and fewer hospitalizations.

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When and where to seek care if you have COVID

P.E.I. closed its specialized cough and fever clinics for COVID-19 at the end of March. Primary care will pass to your doctor, nurse practitioner or a walk-in clinic.

Mild cases can be treated at home with rest.

If you are immunosuppressed or over the age of 50, you can call your primary care provider or 811 within the first five days of your COVID-19 symptoms to see if you may benefit from an antiviral medicine.

If you are concerned about your symptoms, you may also arrange an appointment with your doctor, nurse practitioner or a walk-in clinic. You may also call 811 to consult about your symptoms.

If your symptoms are so severe you don't believe you can wait for an appointment, then go to the emergency at your local hospital. If you do not feel you can travel to the hospital safely on your own, call 911.

These Islanders are currently eligible for a vaccine

  • Anyone aged five and up.
  • Third shots are available for Islanders 12 and older, six months following their second shot.
  • Fourth shots are available for Islanders 60 and older, four months following their third shot.
  • Islanders can book an appointment to receive the vaccine at a pharmacy or a public health clinic.
  • You can find more information about how to get a vaccine here.

Reminder about symptoms

The symptoms of COVID-19 can include:

  • New or worsening cough.
  • Fever and/or chills.
  • Sore throat.
  • Runny nose, sneezing or congestion.
  • Headache.
  • Muscle, joint or body aches.
  • Feeling unwell or unusually tired.
  • Acute loss of sense of smell or taste.