COVID-19 on P.E.I.: What's happening the week of Dec. 5

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Morell Regional High School is one of four schools in eastern P.E.I. that will remain closed due to COVID-19. (Brian Higgins/CBC - image credit)
Morell Regional High School is one of four schools in eastern P.E.I. that will remain closed due to COVID-19. (Brian Higgins/CBC - image credit)

P.E.I. Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison announced seven new COVID-19 cases on Sunday.

Premier Dennis King condemned the actions of a group of anti-vaxxers who gathered outside Morrison's house on Saturday to protest the province's vaccination measures.

The province announced seven new COVID-19 cases on Friday.

Morrison did not announce new limits to indoor or outdoor gatherings, however she is advising Islanders to keep personal gatherings as small as possible, and to know the vaccination status of attendees.

Three COVID-19 cases were announced Thursday. Morrison said the province is not in the situation it wants to be ahead of the holidays amid rising cases.

The drop-in testing clinics in Souris and Montague were cancelled Thursday due to a snowstorm. Islanders looking to get tested at other clinics had to wait up to three hours before getting swabbed.

The next clinic in Souris will be Friday form 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The next clinic in Montague will be Monday from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Four schools in the eastern Kings region of P.E.I. remain closed on Thursday. The schools initially shut their doors on Wednesday to allow for mass COVID-19 testing.

P.E.I. announced six new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday and multiple public exposure sites. Two of the new cases involve students at Westwood Primary School, which will be closed for the rest of the week.

Another exposure site was also announced Thursday:

  • Cornwall Hair Shop:

    • Nov. 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    • Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    • Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    • Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    • Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The decision follows P.E.I.'s Chief Public Health Office announcement of five new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday. Morrison says she is concerned about a growing number of cases in the eastern Kings region of P.E.I.

An inquest looking into the deaths of a nine-year-old found dead with her mother in Charlottetown has been postponed until 2022, due to COVID-19. This means plans for the father of Olivia Rodd to make a presentation to the inquest's six jurors has been put on pause.

Some in the Island's travel industry are calling on P.E.I. to follow the lead of a few other provinces and stop issuing COVID-19 flight exposure notices.

As the holidays approach, Morrison is advising Islanders against hosting any levees this holiday season.

Both provincial and supreme court operations in Charlottetown were adjourned Tuesday following news that a staff member tested positive for COVID-19

Steve Bruce/CBC
Steve Bruce/CBC

P.E.I. announced three new cases on Monday, including one involving a student at Eastern Kings Early Learning Academy in Souris. The daycare will be closed on Tuesday as a result.

On Sunday, Chief Public Health Office announced two new cases of COVID-19 linked to a school in Rollo Bay. École La-Belle-Cloche will be closed from Monday, Dec. 6 to Friday, Dec.10.

A testing clinic was set up at the school, and classes were to resume online Wednesday.

Dr. Heather Morrison announced five new COVID-19 cases on Saturday. One of the cases is a student at École La-Belle-Cloche.

Current cases

P.E.I. has 37 active COVID-19 cases, bringing the total for the pandemic to 420. There have been two hospitalizations and no deaths.

COVID-19 cases on P.E.I.

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The P.E.I. Vax Pass

The P.E.I. Vax Pass is now required at a number of businesses and events. Here's a look at how to get the pass, and how it works.

Here's a list of where you need to show proof of vaccination on P.E.I.

And, here's a look at how the vax pass can protect you.

These Islanders are currently eligible for a vaccine

  • Anyone aged five and up.

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

Further resources

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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