Chatham-Kent continues its battle against COVID-19.
In the past week, there have been 106 new cases of the virus that have been identified. This raises the total number of cases locally since the pandemic began to 9,405. The weekly average for new high-risk cases sits at 15 a day.
Despite this, no lives have been lost to COVID-19 in more than a week, and no new outbreaks have been declared.
In fact, Public health officials have ended a COVID-19 outbreak at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance.
The hospital announced on August 22 that an outbreak in the Medicine B Unit at the Chatham site is now over. The outbreak was first declared by Chatham-Kent Public Health on August 4 and was linked to ten cases of the virus.
“CKHA would like to thank CK Public Health for their guidance and support during this outbreak, and the hospital’s staff and physicians for their continued commitment to providing safe, high-quality care under these difficult circumstances,” said hospital officials.
Infection prevention and control measures will remain in place across the organization, with officials continuing to review and monitor the impact of the pandemic on operations.
With the outbreak declared over in medicine ‘B’, the unit will revert back to Phase 3 ‘green’ restrictions.
Effective July 22, 2022, CKHA Essential Visitor and Care Partner Access Policy, Phase 3 “Green”, will allow most inpatients to identify up to six consistent essential care partners with two present at a time.
Meanwhile, Public Health officials continue to keep tabs on outbreaks at Riverview Gardens in Chatham, with 59 cases since August 8, another eight cases at Serenity Living in Blenheim, and three positive cases linked to a group home.
Chatham-Kent’s positivity rate has slipped to 13.7 percent, down from 15.6 percent a week ago. The provincial average, by comparison, is 13 percent.
Bird Bouchard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Ridgetown Independent News