COVID-19 on P.E.I.: What's happening Saturday, May 8

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Anyone who was at the Pilot House restaurant in Charlottetown on May 3 from noon-2 p.m. is encouraged to seek a COVID-19 test on Saturday. (Shane Ross/CBC - image credit)
Anyone who was at the Pilot House restaurant in Charlottetown on May 3 from noon-2 p.m. is encouraged to seek a COVID-19 test on Saturday. (Shane Ross/CBC - image credit)

The P.E.I. Women's Institute says littering seems to be getting worse, and it is seeing lots of disposable masks that didn't make it to the trash can.

If you're like many Islanders, you're getting out for more walks during these COVID-19 days. Want to find the earliest spring wildflowers during your strolls? Here are some suggestions, from P.E.I. biologist Kate MacQuarrie.

Another case of COVID-19 was confirmed for P.E.I. on Friday in a person with a recent history of travel. There were also three new sites where Islanders might have been exposed to the virus.

Public Health officials also announced two more cases of COVID-19 on P.E.I. Thursday, along with three potential public exposure sites.

Islanders ages 50 and over can book an appointment to get Moderna vaccine at one of 12 pharmacies starting Monday.

A P.E.I. man awaiting a second double-lung transplant in Toronto says he worries about contracting COVID-19 since it would almost certainly be deadly for him.

A Green Party MLA thinks Island workers should get guaranteed time off to be vaccinated against COVID-19, just as their right to take time off to vote is protected without them having to fear repercussions.

Prince Edward Island's economy lost 800 part-time jobs but gained 500 full-time ones in April, 13 months after the COVID-19 pandemic started to cut into employment.

An increase in business spurred by the pandemic has continued in the spring of 2021, say P.E.I. garden centres.

P.E.I. has 10 active cases of COVID-19. There have been 186 positive cases in total over the past 14 months, with two hospitalizations and no deaths.

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These Islanders are currently eligible for a vaccine

  • People over 30.

  • Pregnant Islanders.

  • Front-line workers over 16 who interact with the public and cannot work virtually.

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

  • Health-care workers not on the front line needed to maintain health-care system capacity

  • 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.

You can find more information about how to get a vaccine here.

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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