COVID-19 situation improving in C-K by ‘leaps and bounds’

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The number of active cases in Chatham-Kent is trending in the right direction.

As of Oct. 15, five more cases of the virus were reported by Chatham-Kent Public Health, while there were also 10 recoveries, reducing the number of active cases to 68.

“We’re improving by leaps and bounds,” said Chatham-Kent Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Colby.

The number of active cases has been cut in half in approximately one month. The municipality was sitting at 140 active cases in mid-September.

Colby said it had not been a secret that Chatham-Kent has been a hot spot for COVID-19 in the province and has the lowest vaccination rates in Ontario.

Currently, there are 78,027 residents age 12 and older who are fully vaccinated in Chatham-Kent, which translates to 78 percent. But Colby said he would continue to push for more to get vaccinated. He said this would result in good news.

“It takes us about a week of running pop-up clinics, which are very often done at all areas around the municipality, to edge that (vaccination rate) up by about one percent per week,” said Colby.

He is optimistic the municipality will reach the 80 percent vaccination mark in about two weeks.

The region’s top doctor said there is typically a lag in statistical analysis when cases are being reported and the numbers are currently being crunched.

“I am happy to report that we are improving substantially, and that will be reflected in the numbers,” added Colby.

Colby said that eventually, a saturation point would be reached in Chatham-Kent when everyone who wants to be vaccinated will receive the vaccination. In the meantime, he and his team continue to educate people about the benefits of vaccination.

During the conference call, Lori Marshall, Chatham-Kent Health Alliance President and CEO, reported that there are currently five COVID-19-positive patients in the local hospital, including three from Chatham-Kent-Kent.

She added four of the five patients are not fully vaccinated, and two are in the critical care unit, with one being ventilated.

As it stands, 83 percent of residents age 12 and older in Chatham-Kent have received at least one dose, while 78 percent are fully vaccinated. However, only 59 percent of the population aged 18-29 have received two doses.

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

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