Coronavirus: Update for Prince Edward Island
A message from the PEI Department of Health and Wellness
There have not been any cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus in PEI at this time.
The following message was sent out by the Department of Health and Wellness to the Department of Education and Lifelong Learning, Public Schools Branch, French Language School Board, Early Childhood Education Centres, UPEI, Holland College, PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada, and the PEI Office of Immigration.
We would like to take this opportunity to update you on an emerging respiratory pathogen termed 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). There have not been any cases of 2019-nCoV in PEI at this time.
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is closely monitoring the outbreak caused by the 2019-nCoV in Hubei province, China. Our knowledge of 2019-nCoV continues to grow as new information becomes available. Across the country, the federal, provincial and territorial governments are using this new evidence to inform and adjust our public health actions as circumstances develop globally.
The provinces and territories are recommending that arriving travellers who have been in Hubei province voluntarily self-isolate for 14 days after leaving China. This means these travellers should stay at home and not attend school or work. Returning travellers from Hubei are encouraged to call 811 to connect with local Public health for further advice and support. Public Health is available to support people who have returned from Hubei province to ensure they know the symptoms to monitor themselves.
Additionally, all travellers who have returned from other parts of mainland China are being asked to monitor themselves and their children closely for 14 days after travelling from China and to call 811 if they develop any symptoms (fever, cough, or difficulty breathing).
Asymptomatic travellers arriving at Canadian airports from China will be receiving the above instructions prior to arrival in PEI.
We understand the 2019-nCoV situation is concerning to many Islanders, particularly those who have close friends and family in China. Our PEI Chinese Community also needs our support at this time. We will continue to update you as needed. Please don't hesitate to refer to our regularly updated coronavirus information page or contact us at 902‑368‑4996 if you have any questions.
Dr. Heather Morrison, CPHO
Dr. David Sabapathy, DCPHO