COVID-19 on P.E.I.: What's happening Sunday, April 18

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Ontario Premier Doug Ford is asking the Atlantic Provinces for help to combat COVID-19. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press - image credit)
Ontario Premier Doug Ford is asking the Atlantic Provinces for help to combat COVID-19. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press - image credit)

Premier Dennis King says the province is looking at further strengthening its "already strict" provincial border measures in an effort to limit the importation of COVID-19.

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.

About 600 people took part in a job fair hosted by the Tourism Industry Association of P.E.I. on Saturday afternoon.

Lt.-Cmdr. Mitchell Drake took on a new job in March of 2020, and since then the Island-born physician's main task has been keeping Royal Canadian Navy members safe from COVID-19 while ensuring they remain mobile.

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.

The Island has seen 170 cases of COVID-19, with 10 considered active. There have been no deaths and two hospitalizations.

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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