P.E.I. has 4 new cases of COVID-19, bringing active cases to 10

P.E.I. is reporting four new, unrelated cases of COVID-19, with one patient having travelled on an Air Canada flight from Montreal to Charlottetown on Jan. 14.

3 cases are travel-related, 4th is a close contact of a previous case

P.E.I.'s Chief Public Health Office says it hopes to have 80 per cent of Islanders vaccinated for COVID-19 by the end of the summer. (Steve Bruce/CBC)

P.E.I. is reporting four new unrelated cases of COVID-19 as of Monday.

Three of the cases are linked to travel outside of Atlantic Canada — a woman in her 20s, a man in his 40s and a man in his 50s, the province said in a news release. The fourth case, a woman in her 50s, is a close contact of a person previously reported as having been diagnosed with COVID-19.

All four are self-isolating at home and are being followed by public health daily. Contact tracing is underway.

P.E.I. has now reported 108 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 10 still active as of Monday afternoon There have been no deaths or hospitalizations.

The  Chief Public Health Officer is not aware of any exposure locations on P.E.I. related to the new cases, the release said — but there was a flight involved in one person's travel.

One individual travelled on Air Canada Flight AC8302 from Montreal to Charlottetown on Jan. 14. Anyone who was on this flight is asked to closely monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and visit a drop-in testing clinic if symptoms develop.

More cases in New Brunswick

The new cases come on the heels of a spike in neighbouring New Brunswick, which has tightened restrictions after 36 cases — a single-day high for the province — were reported on Sunday.

Another 26 were reported Monday, bringing that province's number of active cases to 304.

Anyone coming into P.E.I. by vehicle or airplane must continue to self-isolate for 14 days, with a few exceptions. 

P.E.I.'s vaccine rollout began on Dec. 16 with front-line hospital staff. They began receiving their second doses three weeks later.

P.E.I.'s Chief Public Health Office said it hopes all staff and residents in community and long-term care facilities on the Island will have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine by Jan. 22.

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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