First case of Omicron variant identified in Prince Edward Island | COVID-19 in the Atlantic

The case pertains to an outbreak at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.

Dr. Heather Morrison is not surprised by this discovery.

, This is not surprising, as cases related to the outbreak had already been identified here at St. Francis Xavier University in Prince Edward Island. ,

, a quote from Dr. Heather Morrison, Chief Medical Officer of Health

The Chief Medical Officer of Health believes that soon more cases related to this strain will come to the fore in the state. Perhaps we will have other cases that will also be identified as being linked to the Omicron variant in the coming days., she says.

The island recorded three new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday.

There are 36 active cases in the province. Since the start of the pandemic, Canada’s smallest province has recorded 423 people infected with the new coronavirus.

Only two people have been hospitalized since March 2020. There have been no deaths in this province.

Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, the post-secondary institution announced last week that its final exams would be conducted online-only.

Photo: Canadian Press / Andrew Vaughn

new health measures

To prevent this type of spread, new health measures will come into effect from 8 am this Friday.

People tested upon entering the province will have to wait for their negative result before going to public places or seeing their families.

According to Public Health, the results of these tests can usually be obtained two hours after the collection of samples.

A second test between the fourth and eighth day would be strongly recommended for all travelers arriving on the island.

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The number of guests at private gatherings ranges from 50 to 20 people. Organized gatherings have now come down to 50 people, down from the earlier limit of 200.

Travel to Prince Edward Island will not be permitted for persons participating in recreational events, including sporting, artistic and cultural events.

Tournaments can no longer take place on the island. Sports drills will be limited to 50 people.

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Maritime Junior Hockey League will still be exempt from these restrictions.

long term care home

Residents of long-term care facilities will not be able to visit family or loved ones until they have been fully immunized and have received a booster dose.

Long-term care home workers returning from travel will need to test negative before reporting to work.

A second test will also be mandatory for these employees between the fourth and eighth days.

The new measures announced by Dr. Morrison will remain in force until January.


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