March 23, 2020 | by: Michelle Roy

99.3 The River News—-March 23rd, 2020

ALL STORIES FROM MBS NEWSROOM

 

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NO NEW ONES     

 

There were no new cases of COVID-19 reported in the province yesterday as Premier Higgs did not address the media on Sunday.

The number remains at 17 cases with eight confirmed and nine presumptive. A total of 865 tests so far have come back negative for the virus.

PEI reported its third case that was a woman in her 20s that flew from Toronto to Moncton on March 16th via WestJet flight 3456, it arrived in Moncton at 12:05pm.

Anyone on that flight has been asked to self-isolate for two weeks.

PEI and Nova Scotia also restricted their borders over the weekend putting screening measures in place at all entry points and having anyone entering the provinces for non-essential travel to go into self-isolation.

There are now approaching 1,500 COVID-19 cases in Canada. The death toll has risen to 21.

 

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FOOD BANKS 

 

Food banks across the province are being hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic as well.

They are gearing up to serve people hit by business closures as well as their usual clients. They are looking for additional food and cash donations so they can buy fresh food and keep their shelves stocked.

The Telegraph-Journal reports several foodbanks are also looking for volunteers to help cope with the expected increase in demand.

They have adjusted their operations to avoid spreading the virus…either limiting the number of people allowed inside at once or by handing out boxes of food from the door or a window.

 

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SNITCH LINE   

 

The government is setting up a snitch line for people to call who are concerned about neighbours or others not following the self-isolating rules or complying with state of emergency orders.

That number will be posted on the government’s website today and shared through social media.

 

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ANOTHER WESTJET FLIGHT AFFECTED  

 

Another WestJet flight from Toronto to Moncton carried a passenger who has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

A PEI woman in her 20s is that province’s third positive case. She arrived back from out of the country and flew from Toronto to Moncton on  WestJet flight 3456 that arrived in Moncton at 12:05pm on March 16th.

Anyone on that flight has been asked to self-isolate for two weeks.