5 P.E.I. visitors with positive rapid test results later confirmed as negative

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Health officials ask for documentation at the entry point on the P.E.I. side of Confederation Bridge. About 2,000 vehicles passed this way on Sunday, the first day vaccinated arrivals could come to the Island without having to isolate. (Jane Robertson/CBC - image credit)
Health officials ask for documentation at the entry point on the P.E.I. side of Confederation Bridge. About 2,000 vehicles passed this way on Sunday, the first day vaccinated arrivals could come to the Island without having to isolate. (Jane Robertson/CBC - image credit)

The first day of rapid tests for visitors entering Prince Edward Island at Borden-Carleton resulted in five positive results for COVID-19, but all five people were later confirmed to be negative when given PCR tests.

That's according to a summary of data from the provincial government provided to CBC News Monday afternoon.

"The testing process is going well," the statement said. "However we are continually working on strategies to improve the process mainly in terms of decreasing the time it takes to test individuals."

That could include having two testers per lane for vehicles coming off Confederation Bridge at Borden-Carleton and off the Nova Scotia-P.E.I. ferries in Wood Islands.

Testing one driver arriving alone in a vehicle takes about five minutes, public health officials estimate.

"Training continues this week in preparation for what we expect will be a busy few days around Canada Day and this coming weekend," the provincial government statement added, with as many as 20,000 individuals either arriving on P.E.I. or returning to the Island after travel elsewhere.

On Sunday, about 2,000 vehicles entered P.E.I. by means of the bridge, and another 3,000 were expected to arrive in Borden-Carleton by the end of the day Monday.

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Laura Chapin/CBC

On the southeastern tip of the Island Northumberland Ferries was near capacity with about 100 vehicles for each of the 12 one-way sailings, the company said.

"Our crew and our company is really excited at being able to accommodate and welcome a lot more people to Prince Edward Island," said vice president and general manager Don Cormier.

"Things are going quite smoothly."

The provincial Department of Justice and Public Safety had received 57,967 PEI Pass applications by 4 p.m. Monday and approved 32,309 of them.

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Kevin Yarr/CBC

People looking to enter P.E.I. without having to isolate had been able to use the passes since just after midnight on Saturday.

The passes, obtained by providing proof of residence and at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, allow quicker screening at Prince Edward arrival points.

Officials "continue to prioritize applications by the date individuals note on their application," the province said.

Prince Edward Island currently has no active cases of COVID-19, and has reported no new cases since June 3.

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