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P.E.I. hospital treating five to 10 patients for suspected carbon monoxide poisoning

CHARLOTTETOWN — A Prince Edward Island hospital says it is treating between five and 10 patients in a suspected case of carbon monoxide poisoning. The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown declared a Code Orange Tuesday at around 6 p.m.
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Prince Edward Island's provincial flag flies on a flag pole in Ottawa, Friday July 3, 2020. A Prince Edward Island hospital says it is treating between five and 10 patients in a suspected case of carbon monoxide poisoning. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

CHARLOTTETOWN — A Prince Edward Island hospital says it is treating between five and 10 patients in a suspected case of carbon monoxide poisoning.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown declared a Code Orange Tuesday at around 6 p.m., which activates protocols to care for more emergency patients, but about an hour later Health PEI declared it over.

In a statement, Health PEI thanked staff and emergency responders for their fast action and dedicated response to the situation but no details were released.

A hospital spokesman said earlier that between 5 and 10 patients are involved, but he could not say which community they are from.

With widespread power outages in the province caused by post-tropical storm Fiona, many residents have had to turn to generators for electricity.

The province's acting director of public safety said Sunday that preliminary findings suggested one death on the weekend was connected to generator use, but she did not provide details.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 27, 2022.

The Canadian Press

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