The CK Public Health Unit was notified today, March 18, 2020 by the Ontario Public Health Laboratory of a second positive case of COVID-19 infection in Chatham-Kent.
Municipal officials say the individual is an 81-year-old woman who had recently travelled to the United States.
The individual was admitted to hospital in isolation on March 16 and remains in stable condition, Municipal officials say.
CK Public Health staff advised the woman’s close contacts to self-isolate at home for 14 days on March 16.
“Having our second positive case does not mean that we are losing this battle at a local level,” stated Dr. David Colby, Chatham-Kent’s Medical Officer of Health, in a press release.
“We had anticipated this virus travelling to our community and we are working to identify and isolate cases and their contacts to break the chain of infection. This is why the closures, bans and directions came when they did.”
CK Public Health directs the following actions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:
EXERCISE SOCIAL DISTANCING
– Avoid non-essential trips in the community
– Limit, postpone or cancel group gatherings
– Conduct meetings virtually wherever possible
– Keep a physical distance of at least two metres between yourself and others
– Keep children away from group settings
– Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
– If you are unable to access soap and water, use 70% alcohol-based hand
– Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
– Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
– Cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue or into your elbow, not into your hand.
– Now and in any cold and flu season, stay home if you are sick to avoid spreading illness to others.
– Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
“Travel to the United States is absolutely considered as travel outside of Canada,” Dr. Colby added.
“Sometimes with our close proximity, we may feel as if a day-trip over the border doesn’t count but I assure you that we will have better success in combatting the spread of this virus if we restrict travel everywhere.”
CK Public Health continues to actively manage the developing situation, in collaboration with national and provincial health agencies, as well as local community partners.
For information and updates related to COVID-19, residents are asked to please visit www.ckpublichealth.com/covid19 or call the CK Public Health COVID-19 intake line at 519.355.1071 x 1900.