Health-care workers with COVID-19 brought in to support ‘miserable’ summer, says Health P.E.I. CEO – CBC

About 135 Health P.E.I. staff off with COVID-19 last week

Jul 26, 2022

The CEO of Health P.E.I. says chronic staffing shortages and a rise in COVID-19 cases in the province, have made the first few weeks of the summer “extremely difficult” for health-care workers.

About 135 Health P.E.I. staff were off last week with COVID-19. Dr. Michael Gardam said that is a lot for the province’s system, which was already feeling the strain.

“We’re in the peak of summer holiday season and of course, we have many more people on the Island than we do during the winter, so we have more people potentially who can get infected and who need to access health care,” he said.

“It’s been a pretty miserable summer.”

Gardam said in rare circumstances — fewer than 10 times — COVID-19-positive health-care staff have been brought in to work in order to keep the system running and avoid closures.

He said in those situations, the workers must be past their fifth day of isolation and must feel and sound well enough to work.

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