Tuesday, March 2, 2021

14 active COVID-19 cases in Chatham-Kent

There are now 14 active COVID-19 cases, one active workplace outbreak and one active community outbreak in Chatham-Kent, CK Public Health officials say.

The Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit updated their ‘current situation’ page, which provides a summary of COVID-19 cases and testing in Chatham-Kent, on Thursday, October 22, 2020.

The total number of cases in Chatham-Kent has risen to 385.

Six of the active cases are linked to close contact, five are related to the community outbreak, two are unknown and one is related to a workplace outbreak.

Stephanie Egelton, a spokesperson for the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit, told the Sydenham Current community transmission and community outbreak are sometimes mixed up.

“Community outbreak is in a specific setting, whereas transmission is a loss of control to the spread of the virus in the community,” Egelton said in an email.

“We have this under control with contact tracing, isolating confirmed cases/close contacts and of course, the community doing their part to stop large scale spread of COVID-19 in CK.”

Reports say four of the recent cases have been traced to a church in Blenheim and they are also connected to the cases in schools in Blenheim and Chatham.

There is one active workplace outbreak, and zero institutional outbreaks.

Details about the workplace outbreak have not been released.

“Institutional outbreaks are those that occur in long-term care homes, retirement homes or hospitals,” CK Public Health officials say.

“Community outbreaks are those that occur in a community setting that is not an institution, workplace or school. Workplaces and community settings will only be named if public notification will help to identify additional close contacts that cannot be determined through contact tracing. Residents of Chatham-Kent with COVID-19 can be exposed to outbreaks outside of Chatham-Kent, and people will be categorized according to these exposures, whether or not the setting is in Chatham-Kent or another public health jurisdiction.”

While there are no confirmed school outbreaks, CK Public Health released details on Tuesday about Chatham-Kent’s first school related COVID-19 cases.

On Wednesday, Lambton-Kent District School Board officials announced a positive COVID-19 case at Tecumseh Public School in Chatham. Also on Wednesday, the St. Clair Catholic District School Board confirmed a COVID-19 case at ‘The Pines’ high school in Chatham.

CK Public Health officials say no one is currently hospitalized with COVID-19 from Chatham-Kent.

To date, 368 people have recovered from the virus, while three people have died.

A total of 33,829 tests for the virus have been completed to date.

To view the full ‘current situation’ page from CK Public Health, click 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.

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