Friday, June 5, 2020

First COVID-19 death confirmed in Chatham-Kent

CK Public Health has been notified of a death due to COVID-19.

The individual, a woman in her 80s, is the first known death in Chatham-Kent due to COVID-19, CK Public Health officials say.

The woman was being treated at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance since March 16 and was Chatham-Kent’s second confirmed case. Her case was linked to travel to the United States, CK Public Health officials say.

“We are very saddened by this news and are offering our sincere condolences to the family and those close to the individual,” stated Dr. David Colby, Chatham-Kent’s Medical Officer of Health, in a press release.

“Tragically, this news further highlights just how important it is for us to work together as a community to stop the spread of COVID-19. Now is the time to think about protecting yourself, but also protecting those around you.”

A total of 12 people have been positively confirmed to have COVID-19 in Chatham-Kent.

Chatham-Kent’s 12th case involves a man in his 70s, who is currently in self isolation. His case is linked to travel to the United States.

CK Public Health officials are asking residents to continue to follow good public health practices to stop the spread of COVID-19, including:

– Practice physical distancing by staying home except for essential reasons and do not have visitors to your home.

– When out for essential reasons, keep 2-metres (or 2 arm lengths) from others.

– Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

– Use 70% alcohol-based hand sanitizer if unable to use soap and water.

– Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.

– Cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue or into your elbow, not into your hand.

– Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

– Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

– Now and in any cold and flu season, stay home if you are sick to avoid spreading illness to others.

For more information about COVID-19, residents are asked to visit
http://www.ckpublichealth.com/covid19 or call the CK Public Health COVID-19 intake line at 519-355-1071 ex. 1900.

Visit Ontario’s website, www.Ontario.ca/coronavirus to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.

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