COVID-19 pandemic in Prince Edward Island
|COVID-19 pandemic in Prince Edward Island|
|Location||Prince Edward Island, Canada|
|First outbreak||Wuhan, Hubei, China|
|Index case||Queens County|
|Arrival date||March 14, 2020|
(5 months and 1 day)
The COVID-19 pandemic in Prince Edward Island is part of an ongoing global pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The Canadian province of Prince Edward Island has the fewest cases of COVID-19 in Canada in provinces.
On March 16, 2020, the Premier of Prince Edward Island Dennis King announced that the provincial cabinet had declared a state of public health emergency under the Public Health Act. The declaration of emergency gave special powers to the Chief Public Health Officer of the province, who will be able to issue orders to refrain from attending any public gatherings, align resources to where they are needed most, and manage hospitals and other health care facilities and ambulance services.
The Premier also announced that Cabinet had established a $25 million contingency fund, and was also exploring other options, such as monitoring supply chains, exploring compensation for childcare staff, and reducing government activities to reduce interaction with the public.
On March 19, PEI closed its liquor and cannabis stores. Due to concerns that this could impact those suffering from alcohol withdrawal syndrome, the province announced that it would begin to re-open its liquor stores on March 25.
On March 21, all new arrivals to PEI were asked to self-isolate for two weeks, and screening of all travellers began at the Charlottetown Airport, Confederation Bridge, and the ferry terminal for the Magdalen Islands service from Souris.
In June 2020, PEI premier Dennis King suggested that travel between provinces in the Atlantic region might be allowed, as early as the beginning of July. King claimed there was an agreement to this end, in a discussion held on June 10 between the Premiers. When asked by the CBC, the other Premiers expressed caution on an "Atlantic bubble."
On July 3, the province along with three other Atlantic provinces (Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia) lifted travel restrictions among themselves to form "Atlantic bubble", allowing residents within the four provinces to travel without self-isolate for 14 days. One day later on July 4, three new cases of COVID-19 were announced, the first new cases in months. On July 5, two new cases were reported. One more case was reported on July 9.
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