Prince Edward Island has reported a tragic milestone as the province has recorded its first death related to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
When news of the death broke, it sent a shockwave through the entire Island community.
The Province has also seen an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, with the total now standing at 73.
At the same time, hospitalizations have been decreasing.
The province has taken major strides in containing the virus, but news of the death has sparked a renewed sense of vigilance and caution among Islanders.
The death underscores the seriousness of the virus and the need for all citizens to remain vigilant in following safety protocols.
The province’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Heather Morrison, said in a statement: “Today’s news is a stark reminder that COVID-19 is a serious illness and our efforts to protect Islanders from this virus must continue.”
Dr. Morrison urged Islanders to continue to practice physical distancing, wash their hands frequently, and stay home if they are feeling ill.
The province has also implemented a number of measures to protect vulnerable populations, including long-term care facilities, and has been monitoring and testing individuals who have travelled to the Island.
The government also recently announced a financial support package for those affected by the virus.
The news of the death has been met with sorrow and shock throughout the province.
The province has put forth valiant efforts to contain the virus, but today’s news is a sobering reminder that the virus is still a deadly threat and that all citizens must remain vigilant in their efforts to protect one another.