Two people on P.E.I. died in the last two weeks after being diagnosed with COVID-19, according to new statistics released by the province Tuesday.
This brings the total number of COVID-related deaths on P.E.I. to 35 since the pandemic began in March 2020.
Both individuals were 80 years old or over.
In the past week, according to the update, three people were admitted to hospital due to COVID-19. Six others were admitted for other reasons but tested positive for COVID-19 on or after admission.
None of these patients required treatment in intensive care.
The Health P.E.I. numbers also show that in the last week, an average of 341 tests were conducted per day with more than 27 per cent of those tested receiving a positive result.
Over the same period, there was an average of 90 new cases per day, up from an average of 68 per day the week before. There are currently 744 known active cases of COVID-19 on P.E.I.
Testing system about to change
The statistical update came a day after Health P.E.I. said the province would start transitioning to appointment-based COVID-19 testing on Wednesday, June 8.
"As of now, the current appointment-based system will be able to handle the demand for testing, and we are significantly below peak testing levels," a spokesperson told CBC News in an email late Tuesday afternoon.
The email added that Health P.E.I. will "continue to monitor the data daily to inform staffing and to ensure testing is available as needed for Islanders … If we start to see demand increase and appointments becoming booked more than a day in advance, we will look at making necessary changes."
Some walk-ins will still be welcome even after Wednesday at the remaining COVID-19 testing locations, the province has said, and people can also drop in to pick up rapid tests.