Prince Edward Island Reports 13 New Cases of COVID-19; provisional measures take effect on Saturday
Prince Edward Island reported 13 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday.
PEI director of public health Dr. Heather Morrison says all 13 cases are under investigation and contact tracing is underway.
She adds that positive cases have been linked to the following locations:
- Villa Whisperwood
- Belfast Consolidated School
- Montague Consolidated School
The first tests for all other residents and staff at Whisperwood Villa, a nursing home in Charlottetown, have been completed and are negative.
Prince Edward Island did not provide the current number of active cases on Saturday.
In the past four days, the province has announced 65 new COVID-19 infections.
To date, Prince Edward Island has recorded 488 positive cases of COVID-19.
Morrison reminds Islanders that anyone identified as a close contact will be contacted by public health with instructions on testing and isolation requirements.
Due to the high demand in testing clinics, only people identified as close contact, those with symptoms, and those who need to be tested due to recent travel should be tested.
“People who are not on a testing regimen, are not in close contact, and are asymptomatic do not need to be tested,” Morrison wrote in a press release on Saturday.
Tests are available on Sundays at the following locations:
- Charlottetown (64 rue Park) from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
- Borden-Carleton (20 Dickie Rd.) 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Wood Islands (198351 Weigh Station Rd.) 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
According to Health PEI, the COVID-19 testing clinics in Charlottetown and Borden had to close early Saturday morning due to the high number of people wanting to be tested.
Testing clinics will reopen on Sunday, and officials are advising people to be patient and be prepared for longer waits.
Morrison also announced several potential exposures to COVID-19 theft on Saturday.
A full list of public exhibits can be found on the province’s website.
NEW COVID-19 MEASURES WILL TAKE INTO FORCE ON SATURDAY
New COVID-19 measures took effect across the province on Saturday morning and will continue until January 8, 2022.
- Personal gatherings are limited to 10 people, plus members of your household. Islanders should have 10 stable people, not 10 different people every day.
- Long-term care and community care visits have been adjusted to allow three care partners, plus three designated visitors with physical distancing.
- Strict physical distance between people from different households is required for organized organizations, events, places, businesses and gatherings.
- Physical distancing is now going to be a legal requirement, not just a recommendation, up to a maximum of 50% of capacity at retail and vax pass events, including theaters, gyms, community gatherings , casinos, etc.
- Restaurants and eating establishments must maintain six feet between tables and continue to require proof of vaccination for customers.
- The mask is required by all customers except when actively eating or drinking.
- The maximum size of a table in a catering establishment will be 10 people.
- There must be no dancing at any event and karaoke is not allowed.
- All indoor sports and recreational activities are suspended for Island residents, regardless of their age; this includes all sports, tournaments, competitions, games, team training and organized training. Individual recreational activities are permitted, such as personal fitness, individual fitness, dancing or music lessons, but strict physical distancing during recreational activities is required.
Religious services can go ahead as planned during the Christmas season, but they must meet masking, reuniting, and physical distancing requirements.
“Everyone remembers the importance of physical distancing, wearing a three-layer mask, getting tested when symptomatic and staying home when sick,” it reads. in the Saturday press release.
UPDATING THE VACCINE
As of December 15, 95.1% of island residents aged 12 and over had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 91.9% were fully vaccinated.
Twenty-nine point nine percent of children aged 5 to 11 received their first dose.
More than 11,000 people have received their third dose or booster of the COVID-19 vaccine.
About 8,800 people are eligible for a booster and have not yet received their third dose.
The province is urging islanders to get tested if they show symptoms of COVID-19, even after a previous negative test, and to self-isolate until the results come back. Islanders are also encouraged to download the free national COVID alert app, which will let them know if they have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19.