Current caseload in C-K

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While active COVID-19 cases appears to have plateaued, the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance testing centre is seeing an increase in people seeking testing.

According to Lori Marshall, the hospital’s president and chief executive officer, the site is currently averaging 250 tests per day.

“It’s risen over the past two to three weeks,” Marshall says.

There were only 11 confirmed cases in the municipality on March 3, but as of Monday Chatham-Kent Public eHealthrerepreprrereported 90 confirmed cases, with the number of resolved cases outpacing new cases.

A recent spike in cases was blamed by public health on forbidden indoor gatherings where the virus was easily transmitted.

CKHA has had to deal with several outbreaks of the virus over the past year but all have been resolved, Marshalls says.

However, there are currently four patients in the hospital with COVID-19, one who is on a ventilator.

Marshall says there are three staff members who are COVID-19 positive at present and an additional 12 who are isolating at home.

There are also eight small outbreaks at area schools. There is one confirmed case at Dresden Area Central School and one at Lambton-Kent Composite School. Classrooms remain open.

There are five confirmed cases at A.A. Wright Public School in Wallaceburg and two at Wallaceburg District Secondary School, where there is also one staff member who has the virus.

Holy Family School in Wallaceburg has three confirmed cases and two classrooms have been closed.

Ursuline College Chatham also has three cases with two classrooms closed.

There is also one case each at Tilbury Area Public School and Tilbury District High School and a single case at Georges P. Vanier in Chatham.

There has been some concern about the rise of COVID-19 variants in Chatham-Kent institutions but no official data on the issue has been released.

Pam Wright, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Herald