COVID-19 on P.E.I.: What's happening Wednesday, May 5

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Charlottetown airport is hoping the worst of the pandemic is behind it. (Jessica Doria-Brown/CBC - image credit)
Charlottetown airport is hoping the worst of the pandemic is behind it. (Jessica Doria-Brown/CBC - image credit)

P.E.I.'s Home and School Federation wants outdoor learning to be part of the official curriculum so that schools will get children outside more often.

Open Door Outreach, a P.E.I. group dedicated to helping women in jail get their lives back on track, has been kept out of the Provincial Correctional Centre by public health guidelines, but is still finding a way to help.

Some leadership students at Souris Regional High School have created "grab and go" bags with personal care products, including soap, shampoo, razors and toothpaste.

Charlottetown airport highlighted optimism for the future at its annual general meeting, after suffering the worst year on record during the pandemic in 2020.

P.E.I. has been approached as a possible host for the International Ice Hockey Federation women's world championship Aug. 20-31, tourism officials say. The tournament, originally scheduled for Nova Scotia, was cancelled last month due to COVID-19.

Prince Edward Islanders returning to the province now have to submit an isolation plan online in advance, Dr. Heather Morrison said at her regular weekly briefing. There are some exemptions, though.

She also said the Island has one more case of COVID-19, though the number of active cases has fallen to seven since the previous update on Sunday. As well, Morrison said P.E.I. has confirmation that two previous cases involved the B1617 variant first identified in India.

Brackley Drive-In opened early this year.
Brackley Drive-In opened early this year.(Brackley Drive-In)

A large-scale study launched 12 years ago to help researchers learn more about the health of Atlantic Canadians has started to harvest data about COVID-19. Toenails are involved.

Fans of the Charlottetown Islanders won't be able to watch any QMJHL playoff games at home this spring. Due to COVID-19 safety measures, the Maritime Division final between the Islanders and Acadie-Bathurst Titan will be played in Shawinigan, Que., beginning this weekend.

The owner of the Brackley Drive-in says he's optimistic but also concerned about the season ahead. The drive-in opened last weekend, its earliest yet.

P.E.I. has seven active cases of COVID-19. There have been 183 positive cases in total, with two hospitalizations and no deaths.

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These Islanders are currently eligible for a vaccine

  • People aged 30-39 with birthdays from January to September.

  • People over 40.

  • Pregnant Islanders.

  • Front-line workers over 16 who interact with the public and cannot work virtually.

  • People providing health-care services to the public — including optometrists, pharmacists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists — and their support staff.

  • Health-care workers not on the front line needed to maintain health-care system capacity

  • Firefighters, police officers, power-line workers.

  • Residents and staff of long-term care homes.

  • Adults living in Indigenous communities.

  • Residents and staff of shared living facilities.

  • Truck drivers and other rotational workers.

You can find more information about how to get a vaccine here.

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Reminder about symptoms

The symptoms of COVID-19 can include:

  • Fever.

  • Cough or worsening of a previous cough.

  • Possible loss of taste and/or smell.

  • Sore throat.

  • New or worsening fatigue.

  • Headache.

  • Shortness of breath.

  • Runny nose.

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