C-K COVID cases dip by 10

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Chatham-Kent got a slight break from seeing cases rise on Friday morning as CK Public Health reported 28 recoveries and 18 new cases.

The new data now brings the active total down to 114. The cumulative total has increased to 971. The death toll has officially risen to four individuals after the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance announced another COVID-19 death on Thursday morning.

Only two of the four institutional outbreaks seen this month remain active – Riverview Gardens and Fairfield Park long-term care home, Wallaceburg – with three individuals who have yet to recover.

On Friday there was a ninth workplace outbreak declared. In total, nine individuals currently have positive cases from all the workplace outbreaks combined.

The Wal-Mart in Wallaceburg had three employees test positive for COVID-19 this month but no official outbreak was declared.

An outbreak is declared by CK Public Health at a workplace when there is documented transmission within that workplace.

“So this does not apply to the big-box store. We have three positive cases that are employed there but a very careful analysis of their activities, what they do in the organization, and everything, could not find any connection between these people at the workplace. And the investigation supported that they got their infection elsewhere, but just happened to work there,” said Dr. David Colby, Chatham-Kent’s medical officer of health, to reporters at a press conference on Thursday.

Colby did not reveal the name of the workplace but an employee at the Wal-Mart confirmed it to The Chatham Voice.

Colby said that a workplace will only be shut down by Public Health “without hesitation” if it were an outbreak that could not be controlled.

The employees that needed to be notified have all been notified and there were no exposures or contacts with members of the public, he added.

Jenna Cocullo, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Chatham Voice