COVID-19 on P.E.I.: What's happening the week of May 15

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A record number of flights are scheduled for Charlottetown Airport this summer. (Steve Bruce/CBC - image credit)
A record number of flights are scheduled for Charlottetown Airport this summer. (Steve Bruce/CBC - image credit)

P.E.I. hospitals appear to be through the worst of the recent Omicron wave of COVID-19, says Health P.E.I. CEO Dr. Michael Gardam.

How we're coming out of the pandemic is helping to drive inflation.

With more flights coming into Charlottetown, the airport is hoping to avoid the long lineups plaguing other parts of Canada.

P.E.I. has recorded its 33rd COVID-related death of pandemic, according to weekly stats released Tuesday.

Not as many P.E.I. children are enrolled in the province's new universal pre-K program, and the pandemic may be playing a role in that.

Steve Bruce/CBC
Steve Bruce/CBC

People aged 60 and older are now eligible for a second COVID-19 booster vaccine, four months after receiving their first.

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

Golf season is in full swing on P.E.I. with most of the province's courses open for business.

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

Elsewhere in Atlantic Canada

In New Brunswick, COVID-19 has claimed the lives of five more people in the past week, figures released by the province Tuesday show.

In Newfoundland and Labrador, one more person has died since Friday, as the province introduces new regulations to prevent serious illness in older and immunocompromised people.

In Nova Scotia, the chief of pediatrics at Atlantic Canada's largest children's hospital warned Thursday that his facility is already stretched to its limits as the provincial government announced masks would no longer be required inside schools beginning next week.

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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.

  • Fourth shots are available for Islanders 60 and older, four months following their third 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.