Prince Edward Island’s chief public health officer on Monday announced five hospitalizations related to COVID-19 in the province and new cases.
Chances centers in Stratford and Cornwall closed on Monday due to staff testing positive for COVID-19.
Island students are expected to resume classroom learning on Monday, January 17, but before that, the Public Schools Branch must distribute quick tests and masks to all students.
Mass vaccination clinics opened in Charlottetown and Summerside on Monday. These clinics are located at the Eastlink Center and County Fair Mall, and will be similar to those at these locations in the spring – with increased caution due to the transmissibility of the Omicron variant.
Prince Edward Island has reported a COVID-19 outbreak at a community care facility in Miscouche, with eight residents and three staff testing positive.
The rapid spread of the Omicron variant puts particularly difficult pressure on organizations that serve the most vulnerable members of the community, such as soup kitchens and shelters.
Public exposure and theft notifications have been suspended by the provincial government. Under current conditions, the province says all public places should be considered potential exhibition sites.
There are 1,517 active cases and 2,893 total cases of COVID-19 in PEI.
Elsewhere in Atlantic Canada
- COVID-19 hospitalizations in New Brunswick hit a record with 86 people hospitalized, including 13 in intensive care, on Monday. The province has reported 220 new cases of COVID-19.
- Nova Scotia has reported three COVID-19-related deaths and 59 hospitalizations. The province estimated there were 6,906 active cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia as of Monday.
- Newfoundland and Labrador reported two COVID-19-related deaths and 1,135 new COVID-19 cases on Monday.
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The PEI Vax Pass
The PEI Vax Pass is now required at a number of businesses and events. Here’s how to get the pass and how it works.
Here is a list of places where you must show proof of vaccination in PEI.
These islanders are currently eligible for a vaccine
- Anyone aged five and over.
- Third shots are available to Islanders 18 and over, six months after their second shot.
- Islanders can make an appointment to receive the vaccine at a pharmacy or public health clinic.
- You can find more information on how to get the vaccine here.
Symptoms of COVID-19 can include:
- New or worsened cough.
- Fever and / or chills.
- Sore throat.
- Runny nose, sneezing or congestion.
- Muscle, joint or body pain.
- Feeling unwell or unusually tired.
- Acute loss of smell or taste.