COVID-19 claims life of 4th Chatham-Kent resident

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COVID-19 has claimed the life of another Chatham-Kent resident.

Chatham-Kent Health Alliance CEO Lori Marshall announced on Jan. 14 that a Covid-19 patient died in the hospital that morning. Chatham-Kent Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Colby told reporters the 91-year-old man was from Chatham-Kent and lived at home before he got sick.

The latest death brings the total number of deaths from COVID-19 to four in Chatham-Kent.

As of Jan. 15, the number of active cases in CK is 124. The number of outbreaks in Chatham-Kent also went up by one to a total of 12, with eight in workplaces, two in institutions, and two more in congregate living settings.

Dr. Colby also confirmed there are three workers infected at an unnamed big box store within the community. He added the cases were not connected to each other. He said he didn’t declare an outbreak because those workers are believed to have caught the virus outside of work and brought it to the store.

Colby said the investigation continues. However, the employees that need to be notified have all been notified. There were no exposures or contacts with members of the public.

“I would have no hesitation to close anything that produces a hazard to the general public,” said Colby. “But again, with this particular situation, we have no members of the clientele of this store among the cases or the contacts.”

CKHA said there are now nine COVID-19 patients in the hospital, and six are Chatham-Kent residents. Two are in the Intensive Care Unit, and one of them is on a ventilator.

According to Marshall, it’s the most COVID-19 cases at CKHA at any one time since the start of the pandemic more than 10 months ago. She is thankful for her staff being so flexible and dealing with the stress.

“Working in health care right now is a very stressful time, and we are thankful to the community for the actions that they may take to help us out,” said Marshall.

Marshall added the Critical Care and Progressive Care Units at CKHA are 100 percent full, but there are some regular medical beds available as the overall occupancy at the hospital is 74 percent.

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