1 new case of COVID-19 on P.E.I.

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1 new case of COVID-19 on P.E.I.
Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison regularly gives briefings on Tuesdays. (Kirk Pennell/CBC - image credit)
Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison regularly gives briefings on Tuesdays. (Kirk Pennell/CBC - image credit)

P.E.I. Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison announced one new case of COVID-19 at briefing on Tuesday.

The new case is a person in their 50s with a history of travel outside of Atlantic Canada. Contact tracing is complete and the person is self isolating.

Morrison also announced three new public exposure sites:

  • Lone Oak Brewery in Borden-Carleton, Friday, Oct. 1, 3:15 to 4 p.m.

  • Wheelhouse in Georgetown, Saturday, Oct. 2, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

  • Granville Street Diner in Summerside, Sunday, Oct. 3, 3:30 and 5 p.m.

The province now has nine active cases and has seen a total of 303.

Keeping P.E.I. open

Tuesday was the first day for the P.E.I. Vax Pass rules.

Under the pass rules, people must be fully vaccinated to go to restaurants and visit other public spaces, such as concerts and sporting events.

"The Vax Pass will help us prevent having to introduce further restrictions," said Premier Dennis King at the briefing.

"We know this isn't easy for anyone. We understand that."

The province will monitor how the pass and other COVID restrictions are working and adjust as necessary, he said.

Testing change for truck drivers

Truck drivers entering the province will get a break from testing on arrival, said Morrison.

On Sept. 30 P.E.I. reintroduced testing for everyone entering the province, including truck drivers.

But the industry complained about the delays, arguing truck drivers are an essential service and should be exempt.

At the briefing, Morrison said the province is changing the protocol for some of those drivers.

"Truck drivers who travel to P.E.I. frequently will continue to be tested every five days, instead of every single time they come into the province," she said.

COVID-19 cases on P.E.I.

The province maintains dedicated lanes for high-sided vehicles and for residents to minimize delays.

Morrison said there were 8,400 tests at the borders from Friday through Sunday.

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