P.E.I. health officials say mask mandate to end May 6 as COVID cases trend downward

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CHARLOTTETOWN — Prince Edward Island health officials say new COVID-19 cases are declining and the province will end its pandemic-related mask mandate on May 6.

Chief public health officer Dr. Heather Morrison announced the end of the policy today, saying masks will remain highly recommended in most indoor settings after the requirement is lifted.

They will still be mandatory in some high-risk places, including hospitals, long-term care homes and public transit.

Officials say screening and testing for COVID-19 at the Confederation Bridge and the Charlottetown Airport will end on Thursday.

In its weekly update, the province reported 1,738 new cases of COVID-19 over the last seven days, an average of 248 cases per day.

There have been two new deaths related to COVID-19, both people aged 80 and over, and 14 patients are in hospital with the disease.

“We are beginning to see a downward trend in daily new cases and hospitalizations," Morrison said in a news release. "We need to keep wearing masks for a bit longer to be sure the positive trends are sustained."

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 26, 2022.

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