P.E.I.s Chief Public Health Officer to deliver COVID-19 update – CBC.ca

There are no new cases of COVID-19 on P.E.I on Tuesday.

There are 13 active cases in the province and all those people are self-isolating, says Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison.

The current outbreak of 11 cases in the Greater Charlottetown area are all linked and are close contacts of another case. None of the cases travelled outside the province recently, Morrison said.

“We have not yet identified the source of the outbreak, but public health is leaving no stone unturned,” she said.

“Despite our best efforts it is possible that we may not be able to identify the source of this outbreak, but we will continue to make sure we identify the close contacts and test them as required.”

The 13 active cases on the Island have 200 contacts, who have been tested and will remain in self-isolation for 14 days regardless of test results, Morrison said.

There have been 84 cases on P.E.I. since the onset of the pandemic and no hospitalizations.

Changes for 20-somethings testing

Morrison clarified a request the province made Sunday for all people ages 20-29 in Charlottetown to be tested.

The response so far from the age group has been “tremendous,” Morrison said. “I’d like to thank this age group for responding so positively to our advice.”

Now, Morrison is asking for young adults in Charlottetown to help manage the demand for testing.

For next few days, only head for testing if you are in your 20s and:

  • If you live with multiple roommates in the same age group.
  • If you work in a crowded environment with people of the same age group.
  • If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

“We know that COVID can be transmitted easily among people in their 20s and 30s. And some individuals do not always have symptoms yet they can spread it to others. And we know COVID-19 easily spreads between people in close contact.”

About 2,000 people have been tested across the Island since Monday and a large number of those tested were in their 20s.

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