The Municipality of Chatham-Kent is remaining in the ‘Yellow-Protect’ tier of the Province of Ontario’s Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework.
Provincial officials announced on Friday, December 4, 2020 that three public health regions in Ontario would be moving to new levels, with stronger public health measures:
– Orange-Restrict: Middlesex-London Health Unit and Thunder Bay District Health Unit.
– Yellow-Protect: Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit.
All other public health regions will remain at their current level, Provincial officials say.
Trends in public health data will continue to be reviewed weekly to determine if public health units should stay where they are or be moved into a higher level.
Public health units will stay in their level for a minimum of 28 days, or two COVID-19 incubation periods, at which time, the government will assess the impact of public health measures to determine if the public health unit should stay where they are or be moved to a different level, Provincial officials added.
The Ministry of Health will continue to consult regularly with local medical officers of health on local context and conditions to help inform the classification of their public health unit region.
“As we continue in our fight against the second wave of COVID-19 and begin preparing for the holiday season, it remains crucial for all Ontarians to continue following public health measures and advice,” stated Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health, in a media release.
“By limiting close contact to those who you live with and by adhering to public event and social gathering limits, we can once again bend the curve and prevent the need for further restrictions.”
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 Friday, December 4, 2020.
The active COVID-19 case count across Chatham-Kent has dropped to 33 and the total number of cases has risen to 519.
An outbreak was declared at Riverview Gardens on Tuesday, which marks the first outbreak in a local long-term care facility in Chatham-Kent since the pandemic began in March.
26 of the active cases are linked to close contact, three are unknown, two cases have information pending, one is linked to the institutional outbreak at Riverview Gardens and one is linked to an institutional outbreak outside of Chatham-Kent.
CK Public Health officials say no one is currently hospitalized with COVID-19 from Chatham-Kent.
To date, 483 people have recovered from the virus in Chatham-Kent, while three people have died.
A total of 45,747 tests for the virus have been completed to date.
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
http://www.ckpublichealth.com/covid19 or call the CK Public Health COVID-19 intake line at 519-355-1071 ex. 1900.