Wednesday, June 29, 2022

One new COVID-19 death reported, assessment centre reducing hours

The Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit provided the latest COVID-19 statistics in the community on Wednesday, June 22, 2022.

One new death was reported.

A total of 78 Chatham-Kent residents have died from the virus since the pandemic began in March of 2020, public health officials say.

CK Public Health officials say 11 new COVID-19 cases were reported on Wednesday, increasing the total number of cases to 8,797 since the pandemic began.

The current seven day rolling average case count (average number per day) is at two.

There is one outbreak active across Chatham-Kent, which is located in an un-named group home.

A total of 227,810 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to date, 85,228 people 5+ have received at least one dose, 82,358 people 5+ have received two doses and 50,952 people 5+ have received three doses.

CK Public Health officials say as of the week of May 1 the Chatham-Kent COVID-19 Surveillance Report will be updated once per week on Wednesdays by 11 a.m.

Also, Chatham-Kent Health Alliance officials say the Chatham-Kent COVID-19 Assessment Centre will reduce its hours of operation due a decrease in demand for testing beginning the week of June 27, 2022.

As of June 27, 2022 the Assessment Centre located at 10 Grand Avenue West in Chatham will operate from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and will close on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, CKHA officials say.

The Assessment Centre will also close on all statutory holidays going forward – this includes the upcoming Canada Day holiday on July 1, 2022.

“CKHA asks that individuals who require and qualify a COVID-19 PCR test to continue using the online booking tool at www.assessmentbooking.ca,” CKHA officials say.

“For those who do not have access to technology, an appointment can be booked by calling the booking line at 519-436-2556. The Assessment Centre will continue to operate from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the last appointment seen at 4:20 p.m.”

The COVID-19 Assessment Centre also continues to offer care for those with mild to moderate COVID-19, cold and flu-like symptoms who need a clinical assessment, CKHA officials say.

“The COVID-19 Assessment Centre provides clinical staff who will conduct an assessment, may offer a COVID-19 test, and may offer treatments. You do not have to be eligible for a COVID-19 test in order to attend the COVID-19 Assessment Centre. Appointments for a clinical assessment can be booked directly online at www.assessmentbooking.ca or by calling 519-436-2556,” CKHA officials say.

Mild to moderate COVID-19, cold and flu-like symptoms include:

One of:

– Fever and/or chills

– Cough or barking cough (croup)

– Decrease or loss of taste or smell

And/or two of:

– Muscle aches

– Extreme tiredness

– Sore throat

– Runny or stuffy/congested nose

– Headache

– Nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea

Hospital officials say an appointment for a clinical assessment should be made if you know or suspect that you have COVID-19 and you:

– Have been directed by your family doctor or nurse practitioner; or

– Are unable to safely monitor your symptoms at home; or

– Are concerned your symptoms may be worsening.

“If patients have a family doctor or nurse practitioner, they are advised to call them first,” CKHA officials added.

The COVID-19 Assessment Centre is not for urgent or emergency care, in those cases please call 911 or go to the Emergency Department, CKHA officials say.

The current situation page in Chatham-Kent can be seen, here.

Public health officials say to access regular reporting by the province for Ontario and public health units, go to the Ministry COVID data section and to Public Health Ontario’s COVID Data Tool.

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