COVID-19 on P.E.I.: What's happening Saturday, April 17

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An anonymous donor has paid for 101 small ice cream cones children at some dairy bars in western P.E.I. (Tony Davis/CBC - image credit)
An anonymous donor has paid for 101 small ice cream cones children at some dairy bars in western P.E.I. (Tony Davis/CBC - image credit)

A patient suffering from COVID-19 has been admitted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown, becoming Prince Edward Island's first hospitalization case due to the coronavirus since the pandemic began.

Filmmakers on P.E.I. and across Atlantic Canada have been kept busy and employed over the past year with projects commissioned by the Bell-owned television channel Fibe TV1.

For families in western P.E.I. headed for ice cream this weekend, there's a new hero in town: a mysterious man who is buying free cones for hundreds of children at dairy bars in the area.

Premier Dennis King said now is not the time for P.E.I. to discuss relinquishing any of its vaccine doses, as the Canadian Medical Association has urged lesser-impacted regions of Canada to do.

Earlier in the week, King told CBC News the Atlantic bubble reopening was delayed at least in part because of the prospect of crowded hospitals not being able to keep up in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak tied to freer regional travel.

One quarter of Islanders have now received at least one vaccine shot, says P.E.I. Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison.

Pharmacies are reporting steady traffic for the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The Island has seen 167 cases of COVID-19, with seven considered active. There have been no deaths and, as of Friday, just one hospitalization.

Elsewhere in the Atlantic region Friday:

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These Islanders are currently eligible for a vaccine

  • People over 55.

  • Frontline workers over the age of 40 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.

  • Non-frontline health care workers 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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