Sunday, March 7, 2021

Riverview Gardens COVID-19 outbreak over, 103 active cases across C-K

The active COVID-19 case count has dropped by one and sits at 103 in Chatham-Kent.

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, January 19, 2021.

Public health officials say the institutional outbreak at Riverview Gardens was declared over as of Monday, January 18, 2021.

The outbreak at the Chatham long-term-care home had originally been declared on December 23, 2020 and involved four total cases.

“We are so excited to announce that our home is out of COVID-19 outbreak and we have no active COVID-19 cases,” Riverview Gardens officials posted on social media.

“We are so proud of our staff and essential visitors for their tiresome diligence of wearing proper PPE, following social distancing recommendations and proper hand hygiene. Due to the Provincial lockdown, we are still only open to approved caregivers and essential visitors.”

The total number of COVID-19 cases has increased by 11 and now sits at 1,028 across Chatham-Kent.

CK Public Health officials say five people remain hospitalized with COVID-19 from Chatham-Kent, two less than the status update on Monday.

Public health officials announced 12 more recoveries, bringing the total to 920.

One workplace outbreak was declared over on Tuesday by public health officials.

Overall, there are 12 active COVID-19 outbreaks across the community:

– One institutional outbreak at Fairfield Park in Wallaceburg.

– One workplace outbreak at Walmart in Wallaceburg, details here, one workplace outbreak at New Vision in Wallaceburg, details here, and seven un-named workplace outbreaks.

– Two congregate living outbreaks.

63 of the active cases are linked to close contact, 13 are unknown, 11 cases have information pending, 10 are linked to workplace outbreaks in Chatham-Kent, three are linked to institutional outbreaks outside of Chatham-Kent, one case is linked to congregate living outbreaks in Chatham-Kent and one case is linked to institutional outbreaks in Chatham-Kent.

Since the pandemic began in March, five people from Chatham-Kent have died from COVID-19.

The fifth COVID-19 death was announced on Monday, a woman in her 80s, who died on January 16, 2021.

A total of 62,709 tests for the virus have been completed to date.

On Tuesday, January 12, 2021 the Ontario Government declared a second state of emergency to address COVID-19.

“Effective January 14 at 12:01 a.m., there is a stay-at-home order in effect for 28 days requiring everyone to remain at home except for essential purposes, like the grocery store, pharmacy, health care, and essential work,” CK Public Health officials posted on social media.

“Please do your part and follow public health recommendations to help flatten the curve, and keep our community healthy and safe. We can do this CK.”

More details about the emergency declaration and stay-at-home order can be read, 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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