Church outbreak in Chatham

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Anyone who has participated in any in-person activities at Praise Fellowship Church since Aug. 29 should get tested for COVID-19 immediately.

That’s the word from Chatham-Kent Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Colby, as multiple cases of the virus are confirmed in relation to the facility located at 165 Park Ave. E. in Chatham.

Activities include Sunday Services, soup kitchen, prayer group, youth group and devotional groups.

However, Elections Canada workers also operating out of the building conducting advance polls are not affected.

Testing for COVID-19 can be booked at the Assessment Centre by calling 519-436-2556 or by visiting www.assessmentbooking.ca online.

If you are experiencing symptoms, please get tested immediately, self-isolate at home and contact CK Public Health at 519-355-1071 ext. 5902.

The Assessment Centre is located at 10 Grand Ave. West in Chatham.

Meanwhile, COVID-19 numbers for the municipality took a nosedive Tuesday morning, as only five new cases were reported against 29 deemed resolved. That dropped the active case count in the municipality to 116.

As well, one fewer person is in hospital with COVID, as that dropped to 16.

Furthermore, the COVID-19 outbreak in the Medicine Unit at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance has been declared over. The unit was listed in outbreak since Sept. 6.

The outbreak in the Rehab/Stroke Unit, first declared on Saturday, remains active, however.

Three of the people in hospital with COVID-19 are fully vaccinated, according to hospital officials.

There are four people in the Intensive Care Unit with COVID-19. None of them are on ventilators, however two other ICU patients are.

Six hospital staff remain off work due to contracting COVID-19 or potentially being exposed to the virus.

Pam Wright, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Chatham Voice

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