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

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Riverview Manor in Montague is the site of a COVID-19 outbreak, with 'fewer than five' people having tested positive, according to the province. (Shane Hennessey/CBC - image credit)
Riverview Manor in Montague is the site of a COVID-19 outbreak, with 'fewer than five' people having tested positive, according to the province. (Shane Hennessey/CBC - image credit)

P.E.I. is limiting COVID-19 testing at its testing clinics as cases continue to mount. Forty new cases were announced on Christmas Eve.

The province tightened social gathering restrictions once again on Thursday after announcing 35 new COVID-19 cases. Among some of the new measures, wedding and funeral ceremonies will no longer be permitted. The restrictions will be in place until Jan. 8.

P.E.I. also said schools will remain closed until at least Jan. 10. Classes will resume online on Jan. 5.

In her year-end interview with CBC News: Compass, P.E.I.'s chief public health officer Dr. Heather Morrison said the highly contagious Omicron variant might start a transition toward a world where Islanders have learned to live with COVID-19.

With provincial borders tightened and trips cancelled, delivery services are getting busy.

As COVID-19 case counts rise, and along with that an increased need for health-care workers, Health P.E.I.'s CEO says the self isolation rules for health care workers may have to change.

A woman in Stratford is bringing her family close by covering her Christmas tree with their pictures.

P.E.I. has declared COVID-19 outbreaks at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the Riverview Manor nursing home in Montague. Thirty-three new cases were announced on Wednesday.

Laura Meader/CBC
Laura Meader/CBC

All people arriving on P.E.I. now have to self-isolate for at least four days, with the quarantine timeline depending on vaccination status. The province is also mandating early closing of bars and restaurants.

With Islanders facing hours-long waits to get a COVID-19 test, Health P.E.I. is considering new strategies.

Some international students at UPEI have decided that given pandemic conditions it is best for them to stay on the Island for the holidays.

P.E.I. announced 29 COVID-19 cases on Tuesday.

The province issued over 50 public exposure site notices on the weekend and more Monday, most in Charlottetown, as well as a case at Colonel Gray High School.

Here is a searchable table of public exposure sites going back three weeks. Use the search box for particular communities or dates.

Potential COVID-19 exposure sites

Testing services for COVID-19 need to be improved, says the Green Party.

The Public Schools Branch is still working to determine how and when students will return to classes. Director Norbert Carpenter spoke to Compass host Louise Martin about post-Christmas-holiday plans.

The province had announced 13 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, including one at Montague Consolidated School and another at Belfast Consolidated School. One of the cases is an individual at Whisperwood Villa, which was reported on Friday. Testing clinics at Borden-Carleton and Charlottetown closed due to high demand.

Julien Lecacheur/Radio-Canada
Julien Lecacheur/Radio-Canada

On Friday, Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison announced 31 new cases of COVID-19, what she called a "record high" for the province. One of those cases is confirmed to be the Omicron variant.

She also announced several new restrictions that will come into effect at 8 a.m. AT Saturday morning and continue until at least Jan. 8. These include a reduction in personal gatherings to 10 people plus household members, a pause on all sports, visitor restrictions at long-term case homes, and more.

Businesses on P.E.I. are bracing for a hit to pre-Christmas revenues. The Greater Charlottetown Chamber of Commerce said its members find the new COVID-19 restrictions "unfortunate and frustrating."

Students at UPEI in the midst of final exams will now write any remaining exams virtually, at a later date or not at all, the university said in an emailed message late Friday.

There are currently 198 active cases and there have been 621 COVID-19 cases on P.E.I. since the pandemic began.

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:

  • 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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