COVID-19 pandemic in Prince Edward Island

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COVID-19 pandemic in Prince Edward Island
DiseaseCOVID-19
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationPrince Edward Island, Canada
First outbreakWuhan, Hubei, China
Index caseQueens County
Arrival dateMarch 14, 2020
(5 months and 1 day)
Confirmed cases41[1]
Active cases5[1]
Recovered36[1]
Deaths
0[1]
Government website
PEI Government

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.

The province has reported 36 positive cases of COVID-19, with 27 of 36 recovered. 16,263 tests have come back negative and new cases continue to be investigated.[2][1]

Timeline[edit]

On March 14, 2020, the first confirmed case in Prince Edward Island was announced, a woman in her 50s who had returned from a trip on a cruise ship on March 7.[3]

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.[4]

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.[4]

On March 19, PEI closed its liquor and cannabis stores.[5] 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.[6][7]

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.[8]

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."[9]

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.[10] One day later on July 4, three new cases of COVID-19 were announced, the first new cases in months.[11] On July 5, two new cases were reported.[12] One more case was reported on July 9.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "COVID-19". www.princeedwardisland.ca. April 22, 2020. Archived from the original on April 11, 2020. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
  2. ^ Toolkit, Web Experience. "COVID-19". www.princeedwardisland.ca. Retrieved April 8, 2020.
  3. ^ Juric, Sam (March 14, 2020). "First confirmed case of COVID-19 on P.E.I. announced". CBC News. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  4. ^ a b Toolkit, Web Experience (March 16, 2020). "Premier announces initial financial support, declares public health emergency". princeedwardisland.ca.
  5. ^ Staff (March 19, 2020). "P.E.I. government closing liquor, cannabis stores because of coronavirus". The Guardian. Saltwire Network. Retrieved March 26, 2020.
  6. ^ Day, Jim (March 25, 2020). "As Charlottetown liquor store reopens, Islanders keep safe distance in line". The Guardian. Saltwire Network. Retrieved March 26, 2020.
  7. ^ "P.E.I. to reopen liquor store, offer Sobeys gift cards to laid-off workers". CTV News Atlantic. March 24, 2020. Retrieved March 27, 2020.
  8. ^ Bissett, Kevin (March 21, 2020). "Anyone entering P.E.I. asked to self-isolate to limit spread of COVID-19". ctvnews.ca. Retrieved March 23, 2020.
  9. ^ Sam Juric; Wayne Thibodeau (June 11, 2020). "Atlantic premiers hesitant to commit to regional travel bubble". CBC News. Charlottetown, PEI: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved June 11, 2020.
  10. ^ MacDonald, Michael (July 4, 2020). "Traffic heavy as Atlantic provinces lift travel restrictions within region". CTV News.
  11. ^ Carolyn Ryan (July 4, 2020). "P.E.I. has 3 new COVID-19 cases, 1 tied to long-term care home". CBC News. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved July 8, 2020.
  12. ^ Nicola MacLeod (July 5, 2020). "P.E.I. reports 2 new cases of COVID-19, brings total to 5". CBC News. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved July 8, 2020.
  13. ^ Sara Fraser (July 9, 2020). "Another case of COVID-19 detected on P.E.I., bringing total to 6". CBC News. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved July 9, 2020.

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