COVID-19 pandemic in Prince Edward Island

The COVID-19 pandemic in Prince Edward Island is part of an ongoing global pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The Canadian province of Prince Edward Island has the least number of cases of COVID-19 in Canada in provinces.

COVID-19 pandemic in Prince Edward Island
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationPrince Edward Island, Canada
First outbreakWuhan, Hubei, China
Index caseQueens County
Arrival dateMarch 14, 2020
(2 months, 1 week and 5 days)
Confirmed cases27[1]
Government website
PEI Government

As of May 8, 2020, the province has reported 27 positive cases of COVID-19, with all 27 recovered. 3,755 tests have come back negative and 34 continue to be investigated.[2][1]


On March 14, 2020, the first confirmed case in Prince Edward Island was announced, a woman in her 50s who had returned from a trip on a cruise ship on March 7.[3]

On March 16, 2020, Premier Dennis King announced that the provincial cabinet had declared a state of public health emergency under the Public Health Act. The declaration of emergency gave special powers to the Chief Public Health Officer of the province, who will be able to issue orders to refrain from attending any public gatherings, align resources to where they are needed most, and manage hospitals and other health care facilities and ambulance services.[4]

The Premier also announced that Cabinet had established a $25 million contingency fund, and was also exploring other options, such as monitoring supply chains, exploring compensation for childcare staff, and reducing government activities to reduce interaction with the public.[4]

On March 19, PEI closed its liquor and cannabis stores.[5] Due to concerns that this could impact those suffering from alcohol withdrawal syndrome, the province announced that it would begin to re-open its liquor stores on March 25.[6][7]

On March 21, all new arrivals to PEI were asked to self-isolate for two weeks, and screening of all travellers began at the Charlottetown Airport, Confederation Bridge, and the ferry terminal for the Magdalen Islands service from Souris.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d "COVID-19". April 22, 2020. Archived from the original on April 11, 2020. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
  2. ^ Toolkit, Web Experience. "COVID-19". Retrieved April 8, 2020.
  3. ^ Juric, Sam (March 14, 2020). "First confirmed case of COVID-19 on P.E.I. announced". CBC News. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  4. ^ a b Toolkit, Web Experience (March 16, 2020). "Premier announces initial financial support, declares public health emergency".
  5. ^ Staff (March 19, 2020). "P.E.I. government closing liquor, cannabis stores because of coronavirus". The Guardian. Saltwire Network. Retrieved March 26, 2020.
  6. ^ Day, Jim (March 25, 2020). "As Charlottetown liquor store reopens, Islanders keep safe distance in line". The Guardian. Saltwire Network. Retrieved March 26, 2020.
  7. ^ "P.E.I. to reopen liquor store, offer Sobeys gift cards to laid-off workers". CTV News Atlantic. March 24, 2020. Retrieved March 27, 2020.
  8. ^ Bissett, Kevin (March 21, 2020). "Anyone entering P.E.I. asked to self-isolate to limit spread of COVID-19". Retrieved March 23, 2020.

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