Fairfield Park resident dies of COVID-19

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A resident of Fairfield Park in Wallaceburg has died of COVID-19.

According to Chatham-Kent Public Health officials, the death occurred Saturday. The woman was in her mid-90’s.

Her passing marks the municipality’s seventh death due to COVID-19 and the first in long-term care.

An earlier death occurred at the home last week but it was found to not be related to the pandemic.

Fairfield Park remains in outbreak with a cumulative total of 92 cases, according to CKPU spokesman Jeff Moco.

However, the website of the 103-bed nursing home states there are now 66 active cases, including 33 residents and 33 staff.

Currently in Ontario, there are more than 200 long-term care homes in outbreak. In Chatham-Kent a new outbreak was declared at Copper Terrance long-term care home after one staff member tested positive.

Fairfield Park has come under fire recently from critics and labour unions over the use of masks that were unsafe. However, in an online statement Fairfield’s director says the masks in question, had been mislabelled at the source by the facility’s routine supplier.

Fairfield is currently getting support from a number of community partners to help handle the contagion, including the Canadian Red Cross, the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, Chatham-Kent Public Health and the Chatham-Kent EMS, according to the home’s website.

An additional team of 10 Red Cross workers will be joining Fairfield on Feb. 11 to help combat the virus.

As of Monday there were 141 active cases of COVID-19 across the municipality, with 38 new cases added over the weekend.

However, 32 were cases were resolved. There are currently six people hospitalized with COVID-19, up one from Friday.

Monday's tally saw five outbreaks at institutions, one in congregate living and one at a school.

Pam Wright, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Herald