Active cases fall, variant cases rise

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As the number of active cases in Chatham-Kent has fallen to its lowest in two weeks, another COVID-19 workplace outbreak has been declared.

As it is standard practice, CK Public Health will not release any business’s name or location in an outbreak that isn’t open to the general public.

The number of active cases is now at 79, its lowest in two weeks, with nine new confirmed cases and 10 resolved. Four cases were linked to the new outbreak. The Public Health Unit won’t name the workplace as it is not open to the public.

Dresden Area Central School reported a second student case, but the health unit said there’s no impact on the school; therefore, no one was dismissed. Chatham-Kent Secondary School also reported a student case.

Two other outbreaks were also active as A.A. Wright Public School in Wallaceburg was down to two active cases while Hudson Manor retirement home in Tilbury also had two cases.

Three Chatham-Kent residents were hospitalized with COVID-19.

There are now 50 cases involving variants of concern in Chatham-Kent, four of the UK variant, and 46 referred to as VOC-related mutations.

According to Chatham-Kent’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Colby, the variants are very concerning because they are more easily transmissible and deadly.

“That is something to be concerned about,” said Colby. “They’re hyper-transmissible, and some of the variants are less responsive to immunity and vaccines. That doesn’t mean you get a terrible clinical scenario if you get infected with one of these, but they’re easier to catch.”

Meanwhile, there are now 1,090 COVID-19 patients in hospitals across the province, including more than 240 in intensive care units, according to provincial data.

Bird Bouchard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Ridgetown Independent News