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Prince Edward Island begins airport COVID-19 testing pilot project

Prince Edward Island's provincial flag flies on a flag pole in Ottawa, Monday, July 6, 2020. The Canadian Press/Adrian Wyld

CHARLOTTETOWN – Prince Edward Island is starting a COVID-19 testing pilot project Tuesday for travellers arriving in the province by air.

Chief public health officer Dr. Heather Morrison says the four-week project will assess the feasibility of using rapid tests on travellers.

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Air travellers will have two swabs taken when they land on the Island: one for a rapid test and another that will be sent for confirmation at a provincial laboratory.

Morrison says passengers will not have to wait for results but the test on arrival does not exclude travellers from the mandatory 14-day isolation period.

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She says authorities are looking to detect COVID-19 cases among travellers more quickly.

No new cases of COVID-19 were reported today and the province has one active reported infection.