Prince Edward Island is reporting two new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the total number of active cases in the province to five.
To date, P.E.I. has had a total of 32 cases of the virus.
P.E.I.’s chief public health officer Dr. Heather Morrison said in a news conference on Sunday that the two newest cases are a result of close contact with one of the positive cases reported on Saturday.
The new cases involve two men in their 20s who are both residents of Prince Edward Island, and are both self-isolating for 14-days.
UPDATE ON SATURDAY CASES
Morrison also provided an update on the three cases announced on Saturday. She reminded everyone they involve island residents, who travelled outside of the province.
She says none of the new positive cases are a result of seasonal residents or the Atlantic bubble.
“So to recap from yesterday, one case was an essential worker who travelled outside of Atlantic Canada,” explained Morrison.
“And the other two cases, a man in his 20s who travelled to Nova Scotia and had contact with an individual who had recently travelled from the U.S., and a woman in her 20s, who is also a close contact of this case.”
Morrison confirmed the woman in her 20s is an employee at the Whisperwood Villa Seniors Home in Charlottetown, P.E.I., who they’ve been working very closely with to slow down any further spread of the virus.
WHISPERWOOD VILLA TESTING
Since the new positive cases were announced on the island, testing at Whisperwood Villa has increased and contact tracing has begun.
“One-hundred-and-twenty-nine residents, and 140 staff were tested yesterday, and all results have come back negative,” said Morrison.
“Visitors who were at Whisperwood Villa on Tuesday, June the 30th are being contacted to arrange for testing today.”
Morrison also advised that all residents and staff at the home will be retested later this week.
CONTACT TRACING FOR SATURDAY CASES
After contact tracing was complete, it was determined the woman in her 20s was in close contact with nine individuals. They have all been tested, and have come back negative. All nine people will remain in self-isolation for 14-days, and will be contacted by public health daily.
The man in his 20s was in close contact with five individuals, two of which have tested positive, and are self-isolating at home.
The man in his 50s with a positive COVID-19 test announced on Saturday was in close contact with one person, who is also at home self-isolating for 14-days.
TESTING ON THE ISLAND
With the new cases of COVID-19 on the island, testing has ramped up to curve the spread.
Morrison said 406 swab tests were completed on Saturday, a record high testing day for Prince Edward Island.
“At this point there is no evidence of community spread of COVID-19 in our province, and the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in the province remains low,” said Morrison.
Morrison said these new cases of COVID-19 on the island is a reminder for all atlantic Canadians to keep their social circles small, and adhere to all public health directives.
'Plate-shaming' is happening in Atlantic Canada as locals fear those from outside the 'bubble' – CTV News
Atlantic Canada’s reputation for being warm and welcoming has long been a source of pride.
But instead of hospitality, the pandemic is exposing a glimpse of hostility aimed at those who are assumed to be outsiders.
“Being from Halifax, growing up here all but eight years of my life, I really didn’t expect this,” resident Tony Mountenay told CTV News.
Tony and Debbie Mountenay chose to return to Nova Scotia during the pandemic because they were looking for a laid back retirement.
As required, they isolated after they arrived. But then they decided to go out and run errands.
“And we had three different incidents where people came up beside us, yelling at us, through the window, and when it first happened, we had to try to think, well what was that about?” Debbie said.
The answer was the licence plate on their truck — showing that they came from Ontario.
Visitors from beyond the “Atlantic bubble” have been vilified by locals fearing the virus could be imported.
Though relatively rare, there have been incidents of “plate-shaming.”
A woman from Quebec was told to go home while walking on a New Brunswick beach.
More than 15,000 Newfoundlanders signed a petition demanding their province not open the border to anyone.
Debbie said one woman who had harassed the couple had done so in front of her own children.
“She really shouldn’t have been doing that in my opinion,” she said. “Another man, you could tell he was out of control.”
The Atlantic bubble, which encompasses the provinces of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador, is a concept that was introduced recently to allow easier travel between the Eastern provinces as the region reopens.
People from all across Canada are allowed to travel to any Atlantic province, but those outside of the Atlantic bubble must isolate for 14 days — as leaders in the region are quick to remind people.
“The Atlantic bubble is open today, [but] that does not apply to those who are from Ontario, Quebec or Western Canada,” Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil said. “If you’re coming into our province, you’re required to self isolate as well.”
The Atlantic provinces have largely fared well during the pandemic compared to provinces such as Ontario or Quebec. Of the Atlantic provinces, Nova Scotia has had the most cases in total, at just over 1,000 — a far cry from Quebec’s 56,521 cumulative cases.
The stress for locals in the Atlantic provinces is that out-of-bubble visitors could lead to a second wave of the virus.
Only last week, a string of new cases in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island were proven to be related to travel from outside of the bubble. One individual flew from the United States to Toronto, and then to Halifax. This case was then connected to cases in Prince Edward Island.
McNeil said on July 6 that he is frustrated with travellers who do not isolate for the 14 days after they arrive.
“We have worked hard together and sacrificed so much in this province to help flatten the curve only to have some people come into our province who think they’re above it all, who think that the rules don’t apply to them,” he said. “Guess what? They do.”
But the Mountenay’s experience in Nova Scotia suggests that the uncertainty over who has isolated and who has not has led to some rather un-neighbourly behaviour.
In response, the couple has come with a way to alert people they’re not a threat. A piece of paper that clearly states a person has completed isolation.
“I don’t want to get [COVID-19],” Debbie said. “And I don’t want to give it to anybody.”
Quebec adds 114 new COVID-19 cases as Montreal health raises concerns about bars – National Post
MONTREAL — Quebec reported 114 new COVID-19 infections Sunday as health officials in Montreal urged bar patrons and employees having frequented an establishment since July 1 to get tested.
With the new confirmed cases, the province has now had 56,521 cases of COVID-19.
The province also added seven further deaths linked to the virus for a total of 5,627.
Of those, three deaths were reported in the past 24 hours.
On Saturday, Montreal’s public health authority urged people and employees having frequented bars since Canada Day to get tested.
Authorities said there are investigations involving at least eight cases stemming from five Montreal bars, but feared that was but the tip of the iceberg.
Some Montreal bars took to their social media accounts to announce they’d had positive cases in their establishments.
Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante also called on citizens falling into the public health warning to get tested.
“The nice summer weather may be upon us, but the virus is far from gone,” she wrote on Twitter, urging people respect distancing and face-covering rules.
Quebec is to introduce mandatory masks on public transit beginning Monday, with a two-week grace period before users will be denied service as of July 27.
Montreal has also indicated it intends to bring in mandatory masks for enclosed public spaces as of that date.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 12, 2020.
Atlantic Provinces See 1 New COVID-19 Case Sunday – country94.ca
Prince Edward Island was the only maritime province to report a case of COVID-19 this weekend.
The patient is a woman in her 80s, and according to the province’s chief medical health officer Dr. Heather Morrison, is not believed to be related to the previous cluster reported on the island last week.
New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Nova Scotia all reported no new cases this weekend.
P.E.I. now has seven active cases of the virus, while New Brunswick and Newfoundland have one, and Nova Scotia has three.
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