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18 active COVID-19 cases linked to Fairfield Park outbreak

The active COVID-19 case count at Fairfield Park in Wallaceburg has jumped to 18 overnight.

CK Public Health officials announced the total on their ‘current situation’ page on Tuesday, January 26, 2021.

An updated statement from Fairfield Park officials can be found, here.

The long-term care home, located at 1934 Dufferin Avenue in Wallaceburg, announced on Monday, January 25, 2021 that three of their residents had tested positive for COVID-19.

“Chatham-Kent Public Health notified Fairfield Park on Saturday January 25, 2021 that two of our residents have tested positive for COVID-19,” Fairfield Park officials posted on their website on Monday, January 25, 2021.

“On Sunday we were notified of a third resident testing positive for COVID-19. We are working closely with Public Health to ensure we are following all isolation and infection prevention and control measures. The home will operate with increased public health measures until the outbreak is declared over. Employees continue to be tested for COVID-19 on a weekly basis. Residents will be tested throughout the outbreak at the discretion of Public Health and our attending physician.”

Dr. David Colby, Chatham-Kent’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, said these cases are the first long-term care residents in Chatham-Kent to test positive for COVID-19.

“We are working diligently to contain and manage this outbreak,” Dr. Colby stated.

“We have been very successful at preventing such outbreaks but with numbers high in Ontario and time, it was almost inevitable.”

On Monday, Jeff Moco, a spokesperson for CK Public Health, told the Sydenham Current the outbreak at Fairfield Park had seven active cases.

To read Monday’s full story, click here.

CK Public Health officials declared a COVID-19 institutional outbreak at Fairfield Park on January 10, 2021.

– This story has been updated.

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