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Two new positive cases of COVID-19 in P.E.I. on Monday, March 8

Chief public health officer Dr. Heather Morrison provided an update Friday morning during an unscheduled briefing after five positive cases were identified in the last two days.
Chief public health officer Dr. Heather Morrison provided an update Friday morning during an unscheduled briefing after five positive cases were identified in the last two days. - Screen grab

Dr. Heather Morrison, P.E.I.’s chief public health officer, has confirmed two new positive cases of COVID-19 in Prince Edward Island. 

The individuals are both men in their 20s. One man recently travelled outside of Atlantic Canada and is self-isolating. The other man, a close contact of a previous case, has been in self-isolation since being notified of his exposure to a confirmed case. He initially tested negative, and after developing symptoms tested positive. 

Prince Edward Island currently has 28 active cases of COVID-19 and has had 143 positive cases since the onset of the pandemic. Over 185 Islanders are now in self-isolation as close contacts of a positive case of COVID-19. 

Around the region, New Brunswick reported five new cases of COVID-19 and 36 active cases, while Newfoundland and Labrador had three new cases, with 84 active cases. Nova Scotia reported no new cases and 24 active cases.

Islanders are urged to get tested if they experience any symptoms of COVID-19, even after a previous negative test, and to self-isolate until the results come back. Islanders are also encouraged to download the free national COVID Alert app, which will let them know if they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

For the latest information about Prince Edward Island’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit www.princeedwardisland.ca/COVID19

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