COVID-19 on P.E.I.: What's happening Thursday, April 8

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Emma Rudy played the title role of Anne of Green Gables at the Charlottetown Festival back in 2019.  (Louise Vessey - image credit)
Emma Rudy played the title role of Anne of Green Gables at the Charlottetown Festival back in 2019. (Louise Vessey - image credit)

Prince Edward Island recorded its 161st case of COVID-19 on Thursday, with news of a case linked to travel outside the Atlantic region. Routine testing led to the positive result, and the person in their 30s has been self-isolating. The Island now has five active cases.

The Charlottetown Airport has another flight coming in, starting Aug. 2. PAL Airlines will offer a Charlottetown-Halifax service three times a week, saying it will be expanding to help smooth the region's post-pandemic recovery.

Continuing pandemic restrictions have quashed any hope of staging Anne of Green Gables — The Musical at the Charlottetown Festival this summer. Organizers announced the Anneless 2021 lineup on Thursday.

Some seasonal residents and others with family connections on P.E.I. are thrilled at the prospect of coming to the Island this summer without the need to self-isolate for 14 days — provided they have proof of vaccination.

In her weekly pandemic check-in with CBC News: Compass Thursday, Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison said any easing of public health restrictions for visitors coming to P.E.I. this summer will also apply to Islanders who wish to travel, but there is no timeline yet for those changes.

P.E.I. Premier Dennis King says the Atlantic bubble is still on track to open April 19.

Elsewhere in the Atlantic region:

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These Islanders are currently eligible for a vaccine

  • People over 60.

  • People over the age of 55 may book for an AstraZeneca vaccine at a pharmacy.

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

  • 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.

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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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