Thursday, September 23, 2021

Active COVID-19 case count drops to 116, outbreak declared over in CKHA’s Medicine Unit

Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit officials updated their ‘current status’ page of their website on Tuesday, September 14, 2021.

The active COVID-19 case count has dropped to 116, 24 less than on Monday.

Public health officials say 74.7% of the active cases are unvaccinated, 11.8% are partially vaccinated, 7.7% are unknown and 5.9% are fully vaccinated. These figures are as of September 4, 2021, public health officials say.

A total of 16 people with COVID-19 from Chatham-Kent are hospitalized, one less than on Monday.

The total number of COVID-19 cases is 2,238 across Chatham-Kent, five more than on Monday.

A total of 2,105 cases have been resolved.

A total of 69 active cases are linked to close contact, 24 cases are unknown, 12 cases have information pending and 11 cases are outbreak related.

An outbreak at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Medicine Unit has been declared over.

“Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) is pleased to share that the COVID-19 outbreak declared on the Medicine Unit at the Chatham Site on September 6, 2021 has been declared over by the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit (CKPHU),” hospital officials said in a media release.

“CKHA would like to thank CKPHU for their guidance and support during the Medicine Unit outbreak, and the hospital’s staff and physicians for their continued commitment to providing safe, high quality care under these difficult circumstances.”

Hospital officials added: “Infection Prevention and Control measures will remain in place across the organization and CKHA will continue to review and monitor the impact of the pandemic on its operations. CKHA’s Essential Visitor and Care Partner Access policy remains in Phase 3 “Green” although there will be no visitors/care partners allowed for patients on the Rehabilitation/Stroke Unit while it remains in active outbreak. There is no change to care partner access for end-of-life patients on the outbreak unit and other exceptions may be permitted through the established visitor restrictions appeals process.”

Questions or concerns about visitor restrictions can be directed to the primary nurse and/or Patient Relations, hospital officials say.

CKHA officials say an outbreak in the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Rehab Unit, declared September 11, 2021, remains active. This outbreak involves three cases.

CK Public Health officials said on Monday that they have declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Praise Fellowship Church, located at 165 Park Avenue East in Chatham.

Public health officials say there are multiple confirmed cases of COVID-19, and evidence of transmission, linked to in-person activities at the church.

Chatham-Kent’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Colby, advises that anyone who has visited or participated in any in-person activities at the church since Sunday August 29th should immediately get tested for COVID-19.

Activities include Sunday services, soup kitchen, prayer group, youth group, and devotional groups but not those who voted or worked at the Elections Canada advance polling station at the same site, CK Public Health officials say.

Testing appointments can be booked at Chatham’s Assessment Centre, located at 10 Grand Avenue West, using one of the following options:

– Visit the Assessment Centre in-person to book an appointment with one of the booking clerks

– Call 519.436.2556 to speak to someone directly to book an appointment

– Visit to book an appointment on-line

If you are currently experiencing symptoms, please get tested immediately, self-isolate at home, and contact CK Public Health by calling 519.355.1071 x 5902.

CK Public Health officials say the Delta variant continues to be the predominant circulating variant of concern in Chatham-Kent and Ontario.

“The majority of current cases among people living in CK have initial mutation screening results in line with the Delta variant,” public health officials added.

Public health officials say a total of 140,187 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to date, 74,637 people 12+ have received at least one dose and 68,414 people 12+ have received two doses.

There are several vaccine clinic scheduled in the coming weeks:

A total of 129,012 tests for the virus have been completed to date.

Since the pandemic began in March of 2020, a total of 17 people from Chatham-Kent have died from COVID-19.

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