Islanders are advised to avoid traveling outside the province unless necessary.
“Due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Atlantic Canada and across the country, Islanders should carefully consider traveling outside of Prince Edward Island at this time” Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison said in a statement. âNow is not the time for non-essential travel.
âTo protect ourselves and our community, it is extremely important to get vaccinated against COVID-19, to get tested if you have even mild symptoms, and to keep your circle of contact small. ”
There will also be an increase in testing at points of entry for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers from other Atlantic provinces, the statement said.
Tests for travelers from NB
Due to the growing number of COVID-19 cases in New Brunswick, travelers who have spent more than 48 hours in the province will be tested three times within eight days of entering PEI.
“Anyone who has been in NB for more than 48 hours will have to be tested at the ports of entry and again on the fourth and eighth day,” the statement said.
“Anyone who has traveled to New Brunswick for less than 48 hours will be tested upon return on the fourth and eighth day.”
The Charlottetown Walk-In Screening Clinic at 64 Park Street is extending its hours until 4 p.m. Saturday.
Prince Edward Island has 39 active cases of COVID-19 and 293 positive cases since the start of the pandemic.
As of September 22, 251,706 doses of vaccine had been administered in the province. More than 93% of the eligible population received at least one dose of the vaccine and almost 86% received two.
Everyone is encouraged to follow routine prevention measures:
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water.
- Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue.
- To get vaccinated.
- Wear a non-medical mask in indoor areas.
- Stay home if you are not feeling well.
- Limit yourself to touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Keep your circle of contacts small.
- Physical distance – stay two meters apart.
- Don’t share items like glasses and water bottles.
- Frequently clean surfaces such as faucets, doorknobs and counters.
- Visit a walk-in clinic to be tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19.