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P.E.I. residents advised to avoid non-essential travel outside of the province

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Prince Edward Island’s chief public health officer is advising residents of the province to avoid travelling off the Island unless their trip is necessary.

In a news release today, Dr. Heather Morrison says rising COVID-19 case numbers in Atlantic Canada and across the country mean Island residents should “carefully consider” travel at this time.

The province reported one new case of the virus and currently has 40 active infections.

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Officials also say there will be increased testing at points of entry for vaccinated and partially vaccinated individuals travelling to P.E.I. from within Atlantic Canada and for Islanders returning home.

People travelling to the Island who are not vaccinated will still be required to self-isolate for eight days with a negative test on day eight.

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With rising case numbers in neighbouring New Brunswick, officials say anyone who has travelled to that province for less than 48 hours will be asked to be tested on the fourth and eighth day after they return, while anyone who stayed more than 48 hours will be asked to be tested at entry points and again on day four and day eight.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 25, 2021.

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