P.E.I. COVID-19 roundup: First COVID-19 related deaths announced; 8 in hospital with COVID-19 Friday

Prince Edward Island reported the province’s first two deaths related to COVID-19.

In a news release Friday, Dr. Heather Morrison, Prince Edward Island’s chief public health officer, said the deaths include an individual aged 60 to 79 and an individual over the age of 79.

“I have been notified of two deaths from COVID-19 in Prince Edward Island,” Morrison said. “This is a very sad time for their families, friends and loved ones and I would like to offer my deepest condolences to all those who mourned the loss of these two people.”

Out of respect for the families’ privacy, Morrison says no further details about the deaths will be released at this time.

“Like all islanders, I received this news of our first COVID-19-related deaths with a heavy heart,” Prime Minister Dennis King said. “This is not an easy announcement, and on behalf of all the islanders, I want to extend our deepest condolences to the loved ones of these individuals.”

Eight in hospital with COVID-19

Morrison says there are eight people in the hospital being treated for COVID-19 as of Friday, one of whom is in intensive care.

Of the eight hospitalized, one has been admitted for another cause but also positive for the virus.

Update in cases of breakage

An update was also given on the outbreaks occurring across the island.

These updates include:

Atlantic Baptist Long Term Care Center in Charlottetown

  • Now a total of 16 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed
  • The test is on-going
  • Containment measures in place

Garden Home Long Term Care Center in Charlottetown

  • There are still 13 residents and three employees who have tested positive for COVID-19

Miscouche Villa Community Care Center in Miscouche

  • There are no new cases to report
  • The test is on Friday

Early Learning and Childcare Centers Across Prince Edward Island

  • Three additional centers with cases or clusters of COVID-19 (a total of 14)
  • Four of these facilities are open, eight are closed, and two that are open offer modified or limited services

Shelters and outreach services

  • Two new cases of COVID-19 (nine total cases) linked to this outbreak among individuals who regularly access shelters and outreach services in Charlottetown
  • A number of test results are still pending

There have also been a number of other outbreaks in workplaces across PEI, Morrison says

Vaccine update

As of Wednesday, January 12, 95.9 percent of eligible islanders aged 12 and over had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 92.6 percent were fully vaccinated with two doses.

Fifty-six-one-point per cent of children aged five to 11 years received their first dose.

new cases

Public Health announced 225 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, along with 195 recoveries, bringing the total number of active infections to 1994.

To date, there have been 3,861 positive cases of COVID-19 in Prince Edward Island

COVID-19 test

In order to maintain the limited capacity of Health PEI testing clinics, health officials say testing will remain limited to the following individuals until further notice:

  • People with symptoms
  • In close contact with positive cases
  • Confirmatory testing of individuals who initially tested positive at point of entry
  • Confirmatory testing for individuals who test positive for primary with a rapid antigen test

Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 should be isolated until they are tested and continue to be isolated after testing until a negative result is obtained.

Individuals who do not have symptoms do not need to be tested (unless they are in one of the above categories). Those who apply for travel-related testing (eg: Day 4 tests) will be provided with at-home rapid antigen tests, two tests taken 48 hours apart.

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