Prince Edward Island’s top doctor has announced four new cases of COVID-19 in the province, bringing the total to nine.
Dr. Heather Morrison, P.E.I.’s chief health officer, says she received confirmation of the cases Thursday afternoon.
All four cases are men between the ages of 55 and 70 who have recently returned from travelling outside of Canada.
Two of the individuals were in Europe, one travelled to the United States, one to the Caribbean.
Two of the cases are residents of Queens County, the other two of Prince County.
Morrison says the four men are self-isolating at home and doing well.
“I literally just got off the phone with them and public health nursing will be initiating contact follow up with them tonight,” said Morrison at a press conference Thursday afternoon,
The contact tracing process will reveal flight information, which Morrison says will be made available online.
At an update earlier Thursday afternoon, Morrison said one of the P.E.I. residents who had tested positive for COVID-19 is now considered recovered.
She says that moving forward, less information may be given on confirmed positive cases on the Island to preserve for privacy reasons.
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