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Dr. Colby says new COVID-19 cases ‘has slowed to the barest trickle’

There are now 25 active COVID-19 cases, one active outbreak at a place of worship and one active outbreak in a congregate setting 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, November 5, 2020.

Dr. David Colby

Dr. David Colby, Chatham-Kent’s Medical Officer of Health, said they are going to be publishing an epidemiological diagram, once he declares the active outbreak in a place of worship over.

“So everybody can see exactly how this progressed,” Dr. Colby said during a press conference on Thursday through Skype.

“Our number of new cases has slowed to the barest trickle. Our number of active cases in C-K is dropping as a result of that coming under control (from the active outbreak in a place of worship.)”

Dr. Colby said he has yet to declare the outbreak over yet.

“Because we’re out to the fifth generation of contacts,” he said.

“It is definitely slowing down and coming under control and that has really been the major driver of numbers in Chatham-Kent. When that is declared over and everybody comes off of the active list, I think we’ll go down to single digit active case numbers again.”

The Blenheim Word of Life Church announced, in a social media post, that they were closing for two weeks due to one of their church families testing positive for COVID-19.

CK Public Health officials say 10 of the active cases are linked to an outbreak in a community setting, six are linked to close contact, five are connected to an outbreak in a congregate setting, two cases are pending and two are unknown.

The total number of cases in Chatham-Kent remains at 419.

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

There are zero institutional or school outbreaks.

To date, 391 people have recovered from the virus in Chatham-Kent, while three people have died.

A total of 38,254 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 or call the CK Public Health COVID-19 intake line at 519-355-1071 ex. 1900.

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