P.E.I. has confirmed that the coronavirus variant first found in the U.Good ample. has been detected on P.E.I.
The province has confirmed that the coronavirus variant first found in the U.Good ample. has been detected on P.E.I.
Premier Dennis King and Chief Public Successfully being Officer Dr. Heather Morrison made the announcement during a briefing on Saturday.
Morrison says it became found in reference to a case announced on Feb. 4. The finish consequence came serve from the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg Friday evening.
“At any time when we hear of one of these COVID firsts, it is tricky news to digest,” King said.
“We now maintain been bracing for this actuality, this news isn’t any longer unexpected.”
The case is a individual in his 20s who had travelled internationally. He arrived in Charlottetown on Feb. 1 on Air Canada Flight 8302 from Montreal.
Morrison said the man did what became required by going into self-isolation, the build he remains, as quickly as he arrived in the province. He has no terminate contacts, as he remoted from others.
Varied passengers on that flight can even honest quiet maintain moreover been self-isolating in accordance with public health requirements, and had been previously informed to be tested upon the first trace of indicators.
Testing ‘out of an abundance of warning’
On Saturday, Morrison said several passengers from the flight would be tested by cell units Saturday afternoon. Passengers tested this morning had damaging results.
“Out of an abundance of warning, final evening and nowadays, we are following up with each person on the Feb. 1 evening flight from Montreal to Charlottetown,” Morrison said.
As share of P.E.I.’s customary self-isolation procedures, which require travellers love rotational workers to be tested, Morrison said many of these passengers were already tested this week.
Right here’s a colossal reminder for us no longer to steal our fortunate and queer P.E.I. peril as a sincere. As we have considered in assorted provinces, things can alternate quickly.— Premier Dennis King
Four passengers on that flight maintain since left the province, nevertheless Morrison said they’ve been informed to gain tested.
The paramedics who tested the plain case and the screeners at the airport maintain moreover been tested, and got damaging results.
“At this point, there isn’t any longer any indication the variant strain of COVID-19 has spread within our province,” Morrison said.
No alternate to public health guidance, vaccination understanding
All of P.E.I.’s obvious COVID-19 samples are despatched on to the lab in Winnipeg for sequencing, and Morrison said the variant strain became detected upon routine testing.
“We now maintain been in discussion with Nova Scotia, who correct now has moreover been sending their obvious cases to the [national lab]. They’re hoping that they’re going to be in a space to enact some of the sequencing in Nova Scotia,” she said.
“We is at likelihood of be in a space to make exercise of that ability in Nova Scotia, in stammer that will shorten the turnaround time on the sequencing once that starts. These discussions were in truth underway sooner than the day prior to this.”
Morrison said it took about eight days for this consequence to reach serve from Manitoba and localized genetic sequencing in Nova Scotia would be faster, with the flexibility to flag samples as pressing.
She moreover echoed the premier’s comments around the variant strain no longer being unexpected.
“It has been previously known in all assorted provinces,” Morrison said.
“Variants of subject are worrisome because we know they are more infectious than the original strain of COVID-19. It is estimated that the variants are between 30 and 80 per cent more contagious, meaning that if it is no longer contained, they’re going to consequence in exponential spread.”
The B117 variant has moreover been the provision of an ongoing outbreak in Newfoundland and Labrador, the build heaps of of cases maintain been announced this week.
“With the appearance of the variant, we are capable of be more resolute in our efforts to offer protection to Islanders from these highly contagious strains of COVID-19,” Morrison said.
The Chief Public Successfully being Officer said the province isn’t any longer changing any public health guidelines at this time, nevertheless she said that the detection of the variant confirms that the province’s surveillance strategy is working.
“The U.Good ample. variant is COVID-19. While it is a more contagious variant, it is miles a variation of the virus we have been fighting since Day 1,” King said.
“The solely and solely technique to contain the spread is to continue to enact what Islanders maintain been doing for therefore prolonged, and that is to maintain a look at public health measures.
“Right here’s a colossal reminder for us no longer to steal our fortunate and queer P.E.I. peril as a sincere. As we have considered in assorted provinces, things can alternate quickly.”
Morrison said she moreover does no longer imagine the appearance of the variant strains will affect the province’s vaccination understanding, as the mRNA vaccines quiet maintain appropriate protection against B117.
P.E.I. has had 114 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the begin of the pandemic with two cases remaining active.
Extra from CBC P.E.I.