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P.E.I. extends current health measures until Jan. 24, including online learning


P.E.I. Premier Dennis King announced Thursday that the province will extend the current health measures in place until at least Jan. 24, based on the recommendation of Dr. Heather Morrison, the province’s chief public health officer. Those measures include online learning for Island students and teachers.


“Dr. Morrison has further recommended that we continue to assess the situation on a weekly basis, with the decision each Thursday, with the desire to lift the measures as soon as it can be deemed safe to do so,” said King.


According to King, the weekly assessment will look at a number of trends connected to COVID-19, including:


  • the seven-day average of positive cases

  • the per cent positivity rate

  • the number of hospitalizations

  • the severity of the hospitalizations

  • the impact of the number of hospitalizations on the overall ability of the health-care system

  • the continued vaccine/booster rollout


“This is one of the most challenging and most contentious points of the pandemic for our education system. We are trying, with all of our might, to reopen, because we know that in-person classes are what’s best for our students,” said King.


“When we open, we want to do everything we can to stay open, because we know the starts and stops are even more challenging and troubling for students, teachers, families and staff.”


King says the province is doing everything it can to prevent disruptions when schools reopen, including regular at-home testing, masking, cohorting, the installation of HEPA filters, and social distancing.


 


“We know from general reports that it (online learning) has been going better this time, but we know that our students, teachers, and families need to be in school. We also know that there are many within our province that need access to additional services. The department has been working to add additional staff to students,” said King.


King says he understands this is a stressful time for families and the province is actively working with the community through the PEI Alliance For Mental Well-Being in order to identify accessible tools that families can tap into.


“These tools and resources will be shared on social media and on our website later today,” said King.


This story is developing and will be updated.

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