COVID-19 on P.E.I.: What's happening the week of May 8

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Units in two P.E.I. hospitals are closed to most new admissions. (Michel Aspirot/Radio-Canada - image credit)
Units in two P.E.I. hospitals are closed to most new admissions. (Michel Aspirot/Radio-Canada - image credit)

Queen Elizabeth Hospital's Unit 2 is closed to most new admissions following a COVID-19 outbreak there.

Some Islanders have been surprised by a demand for the repayment of CERB, and are uncertain how they will manage it.

Health P.E.I. has declared a COVID-19 outbreak on the Western Hospital inpatient unit in Alberton.

Six more people with COVID-19 have died on P.E.I. Last week was the deadliest of the pandemic in the province. The previous weekly high was two.

Shane Hennessey/CBC
Shane Hennessey/CBC

Young people on P.E.I. were so severely impacted by the social circumstances and policy regulations around managing the COVID-19 pandemic that they behaved as if they were ill even if they weren't, according to new research.

The Department of Transportation is looking for new uses for the buildings from its now-closed border checkpoints, and is thinking about affordable housing.

The province dropped mandatory masking rules for most spaces Friday morning.

Businesses may still make their own choices regarding mask policies, and different places are going with different options.

Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images
Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images

The antibody therapy Evusheld, which could prevent people with weakened immune systems from getting COVID-19, will soon be available in P.E.I.

Current hospitalizations for COVID-19 on P.E.I.

Elsewhere in Atlantic Canada

On Thursday Nova Scotia reported 18 new deaths over the previous week. It was the third highest number of weekly deaths of COVID-19.

In New Brunswick seven people died over the previous week, raising the total COVID-19 death toll over 400.

Newfoundland and Labrador also counted seven dead over the previous week, but noted hospitalizations were at their lowest since mid-January.

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When and where to seek care if you have COVID

P.E.I. closed its specialized cough and fever clinics for COVID-19 at the end of March. Primary care will pass to your doctor, nurse practitioner or a walk-in clinic.

Mild cases can be treated at home with rest.

If you are immunosuppressed or over the age of 50, you can call your primary care provider or 811 within the first five days of your COVID-19 symptoms to see if you may benefit from an antiviral medicine.

If you are concerned about your symptoms, you may also arrange an appointment with your doctor, nurse practitioner or a walk-in clinic. You may also call 811 to consult about your symptoms.

If your symptoms are so severe you don't believe you can wait for an appointment, then go to the emergency at your local hospital. If you do not feel you can travel to the hospital safely on your own, call 911.

These Islanders are currently eligible for a vaccine

  • Anyone aged five and up.

  • Third shots are available for Islanders 12 and older, six months following their second shot.

  • Islanders can book an appointment to receive the vaccine at a pharmacy or a public health clinic.

Reminder about symptoms

The symptoms of COVID-19 can include:

  • New or worsening cough.

  • Fever and/or chills.

  • Sore throat.

  • Runny nose, sneezing or congestion.

  • Headache.

  • Muscle, joint or body aches.

  • Feeling unwell or unusually tired.

  • Acute loss of sense of smell or taste.

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