COVID-19 on P.E.I.: What's happening Sunday, February 14

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P.E.I. Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison announced that the B117 coronavirus had been detected in a previously announced case from Feb. 4 Saturday afternoon.
P.E.I. Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison announced that the B117 coronavirus had been detected in a previously announced case from Feb. 4 Saturday afternoon.

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The province will see a reduction of Moderna vaccine doses this month, but it's unclear how this will impact P.E.I.'s planned vaccination schedule.

P.E.I. confirmed its first case of the B117 coronavirus variant first detected in the U.K. at an unscheduled news conference Saturday.

The variant was detected in a case announced Feb. 4 and came up on routine testing. P.E.I. sends all positive samples to the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg for genetic sequencing.

The individual has been in self-isolation since arriving to the province Feb. 1.

Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison said there is no reason to believe the variant strain, which is much more contagious than the original dominant strain, is circulating in the province.

P.E.I. has announced no new COVID-19 cases this weekend.

Public health restrictions in the pandemic cancelled the Jack Frost Festival, but Charlottetown has responded with the Ice City Festival, which is underway.

Islanders will be able to book their COVID-19 vaccinations online as early as next week, Morrison said in an interview with CBC News: Compass Thursday.

P.E.I. has had 114 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Two remain active. There have been no deaths or hospitalizations.

Newfoundland and Labrador has gone into lockdown due to an outbreak of the B117 variant. The province reported 11 cases Sunday.

New Brunswick reported 2 new cases Sunday and has 150 active cases, while Nova Scotia reported a single new case Sunday and has 9 active cases.

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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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