Update Regarding COVID-19 Preparedness Efforts

Municipal Update Regarding COVID-19 Preparedness Efforts
Posted on 03/12/2020
With the evolving health situation regarding COVID-19, the City of Charlottetown wishes to reassure the public that it is closely monitoring information as it is received from health authorities. The City continues to work with its partners at the provincial level to prepare and respond to the increased likelihood of more coronavirus infections in the Maritimes.

Public health authorities maintain that the risk to Prince Edward Island remains low and there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on PEI. Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer is in close contact with PEI’s Chief Public Health Office to monitor, rapidly identify and manage any cases of COVID-19 occurring in Canada in order to protect the health of Canadians.

The City’s EMO team has been in regular contact to proactively update its pandemic plan with information about the coronavirus. Departments are reviewing their business continuity plans. The City will keep the public apprised of any new information at the municipal level as updates are available.

“The health and wellness of the public and our employees, as well as maintaining essential services, remains our priority. As part of proactive municipal preparedness, we have completed an inventory of equipment, stocked up on essential supplies, and have worked with each department on business continuity plans,” said Second Emergency Measures Coordinator and Police Chief Paul Smith. “We would like to reassure the public that our emergency response teams, including Fire and Police, have thorough continuity plans in place to ensure essential services are maintained and we remain in close contact with Provincial health officials as this situation evolves.”

Following information from the Chief Public Health Office, the City encourages the public to follow routine prevention measures, including:

• Washing hands frequently with soap and water;
• Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue;
• If ill with acute respiratory symptoms, stay home if possible;
• Limit touching your eyes, nose and mouth;
• Don’t share items like drinking glasses and water bottles.

Hand sanitizer has been placed in common areas in City-owned buildings to promote increased sanitation, including arenas and community centres. Cleaning efforts throughout City-owned facilities – using commercial, hospital-grade disinfectant – have also increased as a preventative measure.

At this time, civic events, programs, and meetings will continue as scheduled. City officials and members of the EMO team, in conjunction with Provincial health officials, will monitor and continue to discuss events and gatherings. Any decisions with respect to these operations will be shared with the public.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19, including the latest information, advice for travellers and FAQs, visit: www.princeedwardisland.ca/covid19 or call 1-833-784-4397.