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Thursday, December 01, 2022

Changes in isolation requirements apply to PEI

Changes to isolation requirements went into effect on Prince Edward Island on Friday.

A news release from the province said, “Since the Omicron variant has a shorter incubation period (time from onset of symptoms) than previous strains of COVID-19, several jurisdictions have recently changed isolation requirements.” Have given.”

Fully vaccinated individuals who test positive for COVID-19:

  • Must be isolated for seven days (less than 10 days) after onset of symptoms or a positive test if not symptomatic (whichever is less)
  • may leave isolation after seven days if they do not have symptoms or if symptoms are improving, with no fever for at least 24 hours
  • Must not visit high-risk settings or individuals (long-term care, community care or child care centers) for more than 10 days from the start of isolation

Persons positive for COVID-19 who have not been fully vaccinated:

  • Should be isolated for 10 days after onset of symptoms or test positive, whichever is less

Thorough vaccination of close contacts of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19:

  • In case they should isolate for at least 96 hours after their last contact and get tested on the fourth day
  • Provided they do not have symptoms and test negative on the fourth day from the health PEI clinic, they can leave the isolation
  • Self-monitoring of symptoms for the next six days (or 10 days after the last exposure)
  • During this 10-day period, they should not visit high-risk settings or individuals

Close contacts of someone who tested positive for COVID-19 who has not been fully vaccinated:

  • Must be isolated for seven days after last exposure to the case
  • Health PEI can self-isolate on the seventh day if the clinic has no symptoms and tests negative
  • Should monitor symptoms of COVID-19 for the next three days and isolate and test if any symptoms develop
  • Should not be in high-risk setting or near persons for 10 days from the start of isolation

The changes affect all existing close contacts that are in isolation.

“Anyone who is not symptomatic and is currently in self-isolation for longer than the new 96 hours (if fully vaccinated) or seven days (if not fully vaccinated) requirements should undergo a health PEI test. There must be a negative test result from the clinic. Anyone who has been fully vaccinated and has already tested negative on day 4 or 6 does not need to be tested again,” the release reads.

case count

PEI’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison announced 175 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, along with 116 recoveries and 1,550 active infections.

According to Morrison, an average of 155 cases have been reported daily in the last seven days.

Two people are undergoing treatment for COVID-19 in the hospital, one of whom is in intensive care. There is also a person in the hospital for other reasons who has tested positive for COVID-19.

test requirements

Testing on the island will be limited to the following:

  • symptomatic person
  • close contacts of positive cases
  • Confirmatory testing for individuals who test initial positive at an entry point
  • confirmatory testing for individuals who test initial positive with rapid antigen testing

The province says anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should isolate until they are tested and continue to isolate after being tested until a negative result is obtained.

vaccination rates

As of Wednesday, January 5, 95.6 percent of eligible island residents aged 12 and older have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, 92.4 percent have been fully vaccinated with two doses and five 47 percent of children over the age of one have been vaccinated. 11 year old has received his first dose. Nearly 24,000 people have received their third dose of the COVID-19 booster.

Anyone 12 years of age and older can receive their COVID-19 vaccination at one of the Health PEI clinics or at one of 28 partner pharmacies across the province. Island children between the ages of five and 11 can now receive their COVID-19 vaccinations at Health PEI Clinics.

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