COVID-19 on P.E.I.: What's happening the week of April 17

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As the sun was rising Friday, the cruise ship Viking Octantis was sailing into Charlottetown Harbour. (Shane Hennessey/CBC - image credit)
As the sun was rising Friday, the cruise ship Viking Octantis was sailing into Charlottetown Harbour. (Shane Hennessey/CBC - image credit)

The first cruise ship in two years sailed into Charlottetown Harbour Friday morning, after the industry shut down in 2020 due to COVID-19.

One Island man is reporting the antiviral medication Paxlovid helped him recover quickly from COVID-19, and is urging others to take it if it is offered as a treatment.

Restrictions for many long-term care residents on P.E.I. have been eased, including allowing more visitors and shopping trips.

The province reported two more deaths on P.E.I. related to COVID-19 Tuesday after the long Easter weekend, bringing the number of COVID-19-related deaths on the Island during the pandemic to 23.

Sheehan Desjardins/CBC
Sheehan Desjardins/CBC

Some Island seniors say they are grateful to be resuming more activities outside the home, but they hope the province takes a cautious approach when lifting remaining public health restrictions.

Some communities on P.E.I. may soon be looking for information about COVID-19 in wastewater, as other Canadian jurisdictions have.

With the pandemic in its third year people are looking to travel again, and that's leading to a backlog and delays in passport renewals and applications.

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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.

  • 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.

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