Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Active COVID-19 case count drops to 11, C-K remains in ‘Orange-Restrict’ tier

The active COVID-19 case count has dropped by one and sits at 11 in Chatham-Kent.

Meanwhile, C-K will remain in the ‘Orange-Restrict’ tier of Ontario’s COVID-19 Response Framework, as the status is evaluated every two weeks.

Current situation 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 Friday, March 5, 2021.

The total number of COVID-19 cases remains unchanged 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 1,336.

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.

Six of the active cases are are linked to close contact, three are unknown, one case has information pending and one case is linked to institutional outbreaks outside of Chatham-Kent.

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 8,565 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine had been administered to date.

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.

Toronto, Peel and North Bay-Parry Sound returning to strengthened COVID-19 Response Framework

The Ontario Government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, is transitioning Toronto, Peel and North Bay Parry Sound District public health regions out of the shutdown and into the revised and strengthened COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open (the “Framework”), with the Stay-at-Home order no longer in effect.

In addition, seven other public health regions are being moved to new levels in the Framework.

All decisions were made in consultation with the local medical officers of health and are based on the latest trends in public health indicators and local context and conditions, Provincial officials say.

“Our government is taking a safe and cautious approach to returning to the Framework and due to our progress, all regions of the province will soon be out of the provincewide shutdown,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, in a media release.

“Despite this positive step forward, a return to the Framework is not a return to normal. As we continue vaccinating more Ontarians, it remains critical for everyone to continue to follow public health measures and stay home as much as possible to protect themselves, their loved ones and their communities.”

Based on a general improvement in trends of key indicators, North Bay Parry Sound District will be returning to the Framework at the Red-Control level.

Toronto Public Health and Peel Public Health are also making progress, but as their case rates still remain high, they will return to the Framework at the Grey-Lockdown level, Provincial officials say.

In addition, based on the latest data, the following seven public health regions will also be moving to the following levels in the Framework:

Red-Control

– Peterborough Public Health;

– Public Health Sudbury and Districts; and

– Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit.

Orange-Restrict

– Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit; and

– Timiskaming Health Unit.

Yellow-Protect

– Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit; and

– Renfrew County and District Health Unit.

All changes will be effective Monday, March 8, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.

Please visit Ontario.ca/covidresponse for the full list of public health region classifications.

Based on the latest modelling data, the efforts of Ontarians in following public health measures and advice are working to decrease the number of new cases, deaths and hospitalizations across the province, Provincial officials say.

However, with COVID-19 variants of concern continuing to spread, the actions of everyone over the coming weeks will be critical to maintaining the progress communities have made across the province to date.

“While all regions have returned to the Framework, everyone must remain vigilant to help prevent any further increases in transmission,” said Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health, in a media release.

“The best defense against the virus and all of its variants of concern remains continuing to stay at home, avoiding social gatherings, only travelling outside of your community for essential purposes, and limiting close contacts to your household or those you live with.”

The Chief Medical Officer of Health will continue to consult with public health and other experts, review data, and provide advice to the government on the appropriate and effective measures that are needed to protect the health of Ontarians.

‘Orange-Restrict’ tier details

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:

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