Tuesday, April 20, 2021

COVID-19 outbreak declared over at Fairfield Park

The COVID-19 outbreak at Fairfield Park in Wallaceburg has been declared over by the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit.

CK Public Health officials say the outbreak, which was first declared on January 10, 2021, was declared over on Thursday, March 4, 2021.

“It is with great pleasure that we are able to share that Fairfield Park is no longer in outbreak,” Fairfield Park officials said in a press release on Thursday, March 4, 2021.

“Together with Public Health we can officially say that our home is COVID-19 free.”

Fairfield Park officials say despite the good news, all ongoing infection prevention and control measures will remain in place to ensure the continued health and safety of their residents and staff.

“We will continue our daily screening procedures and continue to wear the appropriate personal protective equipment as directed by the province,” Fairfield Park officials say.

“Over the next few days and weeks, we will work closely with Public Health to resume many of our activities in the home starting with cake, streamers, balloons and music to celebrate this milestone and a communal lunch service in our dining room.”

Fairfield Park officials added: “We look forward to more social time for our residents, but our goal will be to find the balance between restoring some sense of normalcy while also protecting the safety of everyone in the home.”

Fairfield Park officials say their staff have been working towards this moment since January 10, 2021.

“We would not be able to share this amazing news if it weren’t for their tireless efforts,” officials at the Dufferin Avenue long-term care home stated.

“We could not have done this without them, and we owe them a huge debt of gratitude. To our families, thank you for the trust and support you have given us during this time. We are profoundly grateful for the community and extended family we have created here.”

Public health officials say a total of 100 cases were linked to the outbreak.

“I’m very, very happy to report that we have no outbreaks in Chatham-Kent at the moment,” Dr. David Colby, Chatham-Kent’s Medical Officer of Health, said during a press conference on Thursday morning.

“We declared the last one over today.”

Fairfield Park also thanked the media on Thursday.

“Thank you to our media partners for your patience and thoughtful reporting during this difficult time,” Fairfield Park officials say.

“With your help we have been able to balance the needs of our residents while ensuring our community has the information it needs about our home and efforts during this outbreak.”

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