Prince Edward Island has no new COVID-19 cases as of Saturday, but the province has announced a series of new measures to deal with the novel coronavirus pandemic.
As of March 21, the province is implementing a series of new screening measures at all access points to the island, including the Confederation Bridge, for all individuals arriving in the province.
“This will reinforce self-isolation measures,” said Dr. Heather Morrison, the province’s chief public health officer.
In addition, the province is asking anyone who has travelled within Canada to self-isolate for 14 days. This is being done in the face of community transmission in other provinces and follows a request for those returning from international travel to self-isolate.
“What we do now, will have effects in the weeks and months ahead,” said Morrison.
“This is a marathon, not a sprint.”
There remain only two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in P.E.I. as of Saturday and Morrison said more than 300 tests have been completed.
Both of the cases are in the Queens County area. Both people are recovering at home with mild symptoms.
The chief public health officer said the decision to enforce self-isolation through law enforcement — as seen in other provinces — is something being considered but it is not necessary at this time
Morrison said that the government is preparing a plan for alternative access to alcohol after it closed all provincially-operated liquor and cannabis stores earlier this week.
Breweries and agency stores remain open.
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