There have been two COVID-related deaths in Prince Edward Island, the province’s first deaths related to the pandemic.
One of the people is between the ages of 60 and 79 and the other is over 79, the Chief Public Health Office said in a press release on Friday afternoon.
“This is an extremely sad time for their family, friends and loved ones,” Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison said in the statement.
“I want to express my sincere condolences to everyone who mourns the loss of these two people.”
To respect the families’ privacy, no further details of the deaths will be released at this time, the statement said.
8 in hospital
Eight people are hospitalized with COVID-19 and one is in intensive care.
One person was admitted to hospital for other reasons and also has COVID-19.
There are now a total of 16 cases of COVID-19 at the Atlantic Baptist long-term care center in Charlottetown, according to the news release.
An outbreak was declared at the home Thursday, when seven cases at the facility were reported by the province.
Containment measures are in place and testing is underway.
There are three other learning and childcare facilities with cases or clusters, bringing the total to 14. Four of these facilities are open, eight are closed and two are offering modified or limited services.
Two new cases have also been confirmed within the community of people who regularly use shelters and outreach services in Charlottetown. This outbreak now has nine cases and “a number of test results” are still pending, the statement said.
There are no new cases at the Garden Home long-term care facility or the Miscouche Villa community care facility. Another round of tryouts will take place Friday at Villa Miscouche.
The number of cases at the Provincial Correctional Center is also unchanged.
The province said there are numerous workplace outbreaks across the province.
As of 8 a.m. Friday, there were 225 new cases, which are still under investigation. 195 new recoveries.
Prince Edward Island has 1,994 active cases and there have been 3,861 in total.
Over the past seven days, the province has averaged 199 new cases per day.
Tests close to capacity
Health PEI said its mobile testing clinic in O’Leary had reached capacity for the day, so no new clients will be seen on Friday.
Tests at Borden, Slemon Park and Charlottetown were still available at 1 p.m., but the province said those sites were also approaching capacity.