Thursday, March 4, 2021

Message to returning travellers: ‘please take these warnings seriously’

A growing number of returned traveller-related complaints has prompted a direct response from Chatham-Kent’s Medical Officer of Health.

Public Health officials say it continues to be brought to their attention that some residents of Chatham-Kent are not taking the current self isolation directions seriously.

“I want to make the current restrictions for all travellers returning from outside Canada perfectly clear,” said Dr. David Colby, Chatham-Kent’s Medical Officer of Health, in a media release.

“As of March 17th, anyone returning to Canada from outside of the country in the last 14 days, which would make for a return date of March 3 or later, must self isolate for 14 days from the day they arrived back into Canada.”

Dr. Colby also directed that anyone who has returned to Canada since March 17 and anyone still trying to get back to Canada must also self isolate for 14 days from the day of their arrival back into Canada.

“We have an incredibly short window of time to do our best to limit the spread of COVID-19 in Chatham-Kent,” Dr. Colby added.

“Please take these warnings seriously. Many thanks to those of you who have completed your self-isolation. And to all Chatham-Kent residents, please continue to practice social distancing.”

For information and updates related to COVID-19, residents are asked to please visit or call the CK Public Health COVID-19 intake line at 519.355.1071 x 1900.

The Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit has announced the first two confirmed COVID-19 cases in Chatham-Kent. Details, here.

Chatham-Kent’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Colby has implemented increased measures to combat COVID-19. Details, here.

The World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared COVID-19 as a pandemic on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. Details, here.

For a list of local cancellations, postponement and further updates, click here.

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