Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Active COVID-19 cases at 12, vaccination clinic ‘is going great’ in Chatham-Kent

The active COVID-19 case count has increased by one and sits at 12 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 Thursday, March 4, 2021.

Dr. David Colby, Chatham-Kent’s Medical Officer of Health, said the 12 active cases are all isolated and being taken care of.

“We anticipate no trouble with those,” Dr. Colby said during a press conference on Thursday morning.

The total number of COVID-19 cases went up by two and sits at 1,356 across Chatham-Kent.

CK Public Health officials say one person remains hospitalized with COVID-19 from Chatham-Kent.

Public health officials announced one new recovery, increasing the total to 1,335.

There are currently zero active COVID-19 outbreak across Chatham-Kent, as the institutional outbreak at Fairfield Park in Wallaceburg was declared over on Thursday. More details, here.

Five of the active cases are are linked to close contact, five are unknown and two cases have information pending.

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

A total of 86,179 tests for the virus have been completed to date.

Public health officials say 3,810 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine had been administered as of February 27, 2021.

However, Dr. Colby said those officials numbers are going to rise.

“Our vaccination clinic is going great,” Dr. Colby told the media on Thursday.

“By the end of today we’ll have vaccinated well over 7,000, I don’t have the exact figures, which is at least five times higher than the total number of cases we’ve had in Chatham-Kent.”

Dr. Colby said they are anticipating continuing the vaccination clinic next week.

“It’s likely that we’ll run out of all our supplies (on Friday), but we’re doing it on an appointment basis so nobody is going to show up and be disappointed,” he said.

“Our mission now is to get Chatham-Kent vaccinated and I’m very pleased to report excellent progress in that.”

Chatham-Kent Mayor Darrin Canniff said during the press conference he’s encouraged by the news.

“Those are some fantastic things happening in our community,” Mayor Canniff said.

“I’m just encouraging with all the positives happening that we continue to follow the distancing and the masking and all those different things to stay safe until we’re all vaccinated.”

Dr. Colby added: “We can’t relax just yet, but the end is in sight… it’s actually in sight.”

Beginning on Monday, March 1, 2021, Chatham-Kent moved into the ‘Orange-Restrict’ tier of the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open framework.

“Each colour level will be reassessed every two weeks,” CK Public Health officials say.

Public health officials are reminding people to:

Here is more details about the ‘Orange-Restrict’ tier:

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.

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