Prince Edward Island reports its first two COVID 19 related deaths of the pandemic

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Health officials in Prince Edward Island are reporting the first two COVID-19 deaths of the pandemic.

Chief public health officer Dr. Heather Morrison says a person between the ages of 60 and 79 and a person over the age of 79 have died of COVID-19.

Premier Dennis King issued a statement today extending condolences to the families of the two people.

Officials are also reporting 225 new cases of COVID-19.

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Prince Edward Island has 1,994 active reported cases and has reported an average of 199 new infections a day over the last week.

Morrison says the number of hospitalizations related to COVID-19 is unchanged from a day earlier _ eight patients, including one in intensive care.

There are now 14 early learning and child-care centres with cases of COVID-19, and the Atlantic Baptist long-term care facility has 16 confirmed cases.

About 95.9 per cent of Islanders 12 and older have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and 92.6 per cent have received two doses.

“Like all Islanders, I received this news of our first deaths related to COVID-19 with a heavy heart,” King said.

“This is not an easy announcement to make and on behalf of all Islanders I want to extend our deepest condolences to the loved ones of these individuals.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 14, 2022.

© 2022 The Canadian Press

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