CK Public Health has confirmed nine new cases of COVID-19 across the community, bringing the total number of positive cases in Chatham-Kent to 197.
There are now 33 active cases of COVID-19 across Chatham-Kent as of Tuesday, July 21, 2020.
A total of 32 of the 33 active cases are self-isolating, while one person is hospitalized. Reports say this person is in a hospital outside of Chatham-Kent.
CK Public Health officials say seven of the active cases are related to close contact, while one is related to travel. The cause of 25 of the active cases are still pending.
A total of 163 people have recovered from COVID-19 in Chatham-Kent and one person has died.
On Monday, July 20, CK Public Health officials announced 15 new cases of the virus, adding that “the significant increase” was confirmed during the weekend of July 17 to 19.
Almost all of these recent cases are immediate family and close contacts of positive cases, which have been identified through contact tracing and have been tested, CK Public Health officials say, adding there is no evidence that there is significant community spread in Chatham-Kent at this time.
“I would like to reassure the people of Chatham-Kent that all of our active cases have been isolated and are cooperating with public health measures,” stated Dr. David Colby, Chatham Kent’s Medical Officer of Health, in a press release on Monday.
“The risk in our community remains very low. Finding and isolating cases remains the cornerstone of COVID-19 control.”
CK Public Health officials say Chatham-Kent is in Stage 3, but the potential for COVID-19 spread is still very real.
Public Health officials are encouraging people to continue to follow these very important public health measures:
– Stay 2 metres away from those outside of your household/social circle
– Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer with 70%
– Stay home if you’re not feeling well, and get tested for COVID-19
– Face coverings can be worn in indoor public spaces
To learn how to stop the spread of COVID-19, please visit CK Public Health’s COVID-19 website.
The CK Public Health Unit updates their ‘current situation’ page Monday to Friday by 2:30 p.m.
See the latest information and data, here.
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.
The World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared COVID-19 as a pandemic on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. Details, here.