The COVID outbreak at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance has finally been declared over.
There were 12 total cases linked to the outbreak which started May 11 and lasted just more than three weeks before ending June 2. There was at least one death linked to the outbreak after a man in his 70s passed away at the end of May.
“My thanks to all of the staff and physicians at CKHA who have worked through this to bring us to this stage,” says President & CEO Lori Marshall. “It really is something that has required effort from everyone across the organization in responding to an outbreak. We’re very pleased that is over.”
Another man in his 70s passed away this weekend but the death wasn't related to the outbreak. Chatham-Kent has lost 16 residents to COVID since the pandemic began.
There’s currently six patients from Chatham in the hospital with the virus and one from outside the area. Public health reported four new cases of COVID in the community Monday with two recoveries bringing the active case total to 18.
June 7 there were 59,391 Chatham-Kent residents who’d received their first dose of the vaccine with 7,798 of them being fully vaccinated. About 63 per cent of the population age 12 and over have gotten a COVID shot.
Alex Kurial, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Independent