Prince Edward Island reports 33 new cases of COVID-19, two new outbreaks

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CHARLOTTETOWN — Prince Edward Island is reporting 33 new cases of COVID-19 today.

Chief public health officer Dr. Heather Morrison says all of the cases are still under investigation and contract tracing is underway.

Morrison says two outbreaks have been declared, including at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown and at the Riverview Manor, a 49-bed long-term care facility in Montague.

Fewer than five patients have tested positive at the hospital, where visiting to two of its units is restricted, while other patients and staff are being tested and results are pending.

Fewer than five positive cases are also reported at the long-term care home, where no visiting is allowed.

The Island currently has 141 active cases of novel coronavirus and there have been 560 cases identified since the pandemic began.

Health officials said that due to community transmission and the vulnerability of residents new restrictions on visiting will be placed on long-term care facilities.

Effective immediately, visits will be limited to designated caregivers only, while other visitors will be granted permission to enter a care home for compassionate reasons after receiving written permission from the home's administrator.

Meanwhile, new travel restrictions went into effect for out-of-province visitors on today.

They are required to self-isolate for four days after arriving and will have to complete two rapid COVID-19 tests on the second and fourth days of their isolation.

As well, all bars and restaurants in the province will have to stop serving customers as of 11 p.m. each night.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 22, 2021.

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