Friday, March 5, 2021

4th COVID-19 death confirmed, 31 active cases in Chatham-Kent

The fourth death in Chatham-Kent linked to COVID-19 has been announced by public health officials.

However, no “specific details” are being released at the moment.

“Unfortunately we can’t share any specific details in regards to the most recent death at this time as we are just learning about it,” Jeff Moco, a spokesperson for the CK Public Health, told the Sydenham Current in an email.

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 Tuesday, December 1, 2020.

The active COVID-19 case count across Chatham-Kent has jumped to 31, CK Public Health officials say.

The total number of cases in Chatham-Kent has risen to 512.

An outbreak in a local long-term care facility has been declared after one positive case.

A staff member at Riverview Gardens is in self-isolation after testing positive for COVID-19, public health officials said in a media release issued on Tuesday afternoon, December 1, 2020.

CK Public Health has notified and isolated staff and residents who may have been exposed to the person, public health officials say.

An outbreak is declared in a long-term care home when it meets Ministry of Health criteria; one positive case is enough to declare an outbreak, CK Public Health officials added.

“Riverview Gardens has implemented outbreak management protocols, and all residents and staff have been notified,” stated Dr. David Colby, Medical Officer of Health in Chatham-Kent, in a media release.

“We are continuing to investigate and monitor the situation, and support the facility with education on infection prevention and control.”

The only remaining workplace outbreak in Chatham-Kent have been declared over.

18 of the active cases are linked to close contact, 10 cases have information pending, one is linked to an outbreak in a community setting, one is linked to an institutional outbreak and one is unknown.

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

To date, 477 people have recovered from the virus in Chatham-Kent, while four people have died.

A total of 43,632 tests for the virus have been completed to date.

The Province of Ontario announced on Friday, November 20, 2020 that the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit would be moving in the ‘Yellow-Protect’ tier of the ‘Keeping Ontario Safe and Open’ framework on Monday, November 23.

On Friday, November 27, 2020, the Province announced Chatham-Kent would remain at the same level for the time being.

Public health officials are encouraging people to continue following these public health measures:

More details about the ‘Yellow-Protect’ tier can be found, here.

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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