COVID-19 on P.E.I.: What's happening Sunday, May 30

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Patsy MacLean, chair of the QEH Foundation, left, and QEH neonatologist Dr. Beth Ellen Brown hold the ceremonial cheque at the conclusion of the Stream-a-thon Sunday. (QEH Foundation - image credit)
Patsy MacLean, chair of the QEH Foundation, left, and QEH neonatologist Dr. Beth Ellen Brown hold the ceremonial cheque at the conclusion of the Stream-a-thon Sunday. (QEH Foundation - image credit)

P.E.I.'s Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation raised $636,468 during an online fundraiser Sunday, surpassing its funding goal for the purchase of medical equipment for the provincial neonatal intensive care unit in Charlottetown.

The Stream-a-thon was hosted on the foundation's Facebook page, YouTube channel and on the Eastlink Community TV channel.

"Completing this funding is an incredible accomplishment for P.E.I.," Patsy MacLean, chair of the foundation, said in a news release.

"With the pandemic, we pivoted from our traditional QEH/Eastlink telethon to a shorter online virtual event to help Island families with the tiniest patients who needed the [neonatal intensive-care unit]."

MacLean said more families can now benefit with the new advanced equipment, such as omnibeds, infant mechanical ventilators and a new central monitoring system for staff to continually monitor vitals for their patients.

There have been 202 cases of COVID-19 on P.E.I. and 12 are considered active. There have been no deaths and two hospitalizations.

Elsewhere in the Atlantic region Sunday:

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These Islanders are currently eligible for a vaccine

  • People over 12.

  • Islanders over 18 can book an appointment for a Moderna vaccine at a pharmacy.

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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