2 new cases of COVID-19 in P.E.I. brings total to 11 cases

There are two more positive cases of COVID-19 in P.E.I., says chief public health officer Dr. Heather Morrison, bringing the total to 11 cases.

Both cases are related to international travel

P.E.I. chief public health officer Dr. Heather Morrison confirmed two new cases of COVID-19 in a late afternoon news briefing Friday. (Rick Gibbs/CBC)

There are two more positive cases of COVID-19 in P.E.I., says chief public health officer Dr. Heather Morrison, bringing the total to 11 cases.

Both cases are females who live in Prince County — one in her 20s, the other in her 50s. They both travelled internationally.

"I spoke with both of them this afternoon, they are home and doing well," Morrison said in her Friday afternoon news briefing, adding that like all the other cases, public health will now begin the contact-tracing process.

She said both women had self-isolated since returning to P.E.I.

They both arrived back to Charlottetown last week and started exhibiting symptoms shortly after getting home.

Expanded testing

P.E.I.'s testing was originally limited to those who were symptomatic and had travelled internationally. Morrison said the criteria was broadened last week to increase testing and capture more groups beyond international travel.

She said anyone with symptoms within two weeks of travel anywhere off the Island will be tested, and health officials are also testing anyone entering a hospital who is very sick with acute respiratory illness, regardless of travel history.

Health care workers who have a new cough or fever are also being tested, whether or not they've travelled.

To date, all of P.E.I.'s 11 confirmed COVID-19 cases are related to international travel.

COVID-19: What you need to know

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Common symptoms include:

  • Fever.
  • Cough.
  • Tiredness.

But more serious symptoms can develop, including difficulty breathing and pneumonia, which can lead to death.

Health Canada has built a self-assessment tool.

What should I do if I feel sick?

Isolate yourself and call 811. Do not visit an emergency room or urgent care centre to get tested. A health professional at 811 will give you advice and instructions.

How can I protect myself?

  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

  • Clean regularly touched surfaces regularly.

  • Practise social distancing.

More detailed information on the outbreak is available on the federal government's website.

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About the Author

Nicola MacLeod is a reporter with CBC in P.E.I.

With files from Nicole Williams and Sam Juric


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