Prince Edward Island continues its deconfinement while preparing for a possible second wave of COVID-19. Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Heather Morrison says the province is developing new guidelines as visitors from the Atlantic and elsewhere increase in numbers.
Canada’s smallest province is preparing to host some 300 players, coaches and journalists from across the country for the 2020 Canadian Premier League season, which will take place entirely on neutral ground in Charlottetown for 55 days starting in mid-August.
In addition, island health authorities say they are working with post-secondary institutions to prepare for the arrival of international students and Canadian students from outside the “bubbleAtlantic.
Prince Edward Island has also received tens of thousands of visitors from the Atlantic since the opening in early July of the “bubble»Regional deconfinement. As of Tuesday, the province had checked some 61,430 vehicles exiting the Confederation Bridge and at the ferry wharf in Northumberland Ferries.
Dr Heather Morrison says she is drawing important lessons from the first wave of COVID-19, which allow her to anticipate a resurgence of the virus. “We have learned so much that we are much better prepared to react [à une possible deuxième vague] this autumn», She indicates.
For example, Prince Edward Island is now the third Canadian province that performs the most drug tests per capita, behind Ontario and Alberta, when it was totally dependent on the National Microbiology Laboratory in Canada. start of the pandemic, underlines the chief health officer.
However, Dr. Heather Morrison says she prefers to wait for the results of the Ontario trial of one new federal COVID-19 exposure notification application before recommending its use in the island province. “We need to make sure the app meets the needs of Islanders and also protects their personal data», She insists.
In addition, the government of Prince Edward Island is announcing that as of September 1, the 152 childcare centers in the province will be able to resume their full activities, including the programs offered before and after the school hours, to support returning parents.
The island province no longer has any active cases of respiratory disease.