Chief public health officer Dr. Heather Morrison reported five new cases of COVID-19 on P.E.I. linked to international travel on Wednesday.
In a media briefing, Morrison said the five new cases had been in self-isolation since arriving in P.E.I.
“These five new cases are essential workers who travelled to P.E.I. on July 30th from outside Canada. They all work in the same industry,” Morrison said.
Morrison did not specify which industry the individuals worked in, nor if the five cases were linked to a specific worksite or to a specific place in which the workers quarantined.
Two of the five men were in their 30s, while three were in their 40s.
“These individuals have been in self-isolation since arriving in P.E.I. and we are anticipating that they will have very few, if any, close contacts,” Morrison said.
Morrison said contact tracing was underway and that the individuals were doing well. Morrison said there was “no indication” of community transmission in P.E.I.
“We will know more about the potential linkages between these cases within the next 24 to 48 hours,” Morrison said.
Testing data for August 11, 2020
- Total tests conducted: 21,910
- Total awaiting results: 93
The five individuals were diagnosed after routine testing, Morrison said.
When asked about further details about the individuals, Morrison reiterated they had travelled from outside of Canada, but not from the United States.
“That is certainly all I would be prepared to share at this time, and I think it’s important for confidentiality,” Morrison said.
Morrison said individuals arriving after international travel are usually tested between 10 and 12 days after their arrival. She said after contact tracing is completed, details about the flights and airlines used by the individuals will become clear.
The new cases bring the total number of confirmed cases in P.E.I. since the beginning of the pandemic to 41. The five new cases are the only active cases in P.E.I., as all others have recovered. There have been no hospitalizations in P.E.I. and no fatalities due to the virus.
Morrison said there was no indication the new cases would impact P.E.I.’s back to school plans.
Posted by Prince Edward Island Government on Wednesday, 12 August 2020