P.E.I. tells returning truck drivers to get Covid-19 tests

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – Prince Edward Island is telling its truck drivers to be tested for Covid-19 whenever they return to the province, under guidance from the province’s Chief Public Health Office. When returning to the province, drivers and other rotating workers are being told to be tested within two days, within four to seven days, and within 10-12 days if still in the province. In the first 14 days after returning home, they are being told to avoid public places, not visit or host people from outside their household, and not volunteer or work in places that involve contact with people from outside their household.

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“You may interact with household members.

Maintaining physical distance from household members is not necessary unless you become sick. If you develop symptoms at any time, you should go to a drop-in testing clinic and not wait until your next scheduled testing appointment,” says a memo distributed this morning by the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association (APTA) Permitted activities in the first 14 days after returning home include outdoor recreation in uncrowded settings, no-contact grocery pickups.

“At this time, all of PEI’s Covid cases have been linked to travel from outside of the Atlantic Provinces,” the memo says.

“Since you are home for limited periods of time in between your work, it is important that you see your family and have the freedom to enjoy the outdoors.

With this freedom comes responsibility to protect yourself, your family and the P.E.I. community.”

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